I wrote a bit about the sands of Bali last year, particularly the foram grains. But Bali is one of those places where the sands, reflecting, as always, the local ingredients, are diverse and bring together the products of geological and biological activity. The island is, after all, a volcano, and some beaches are clear evidence of that – sparkling grains of volcanic glass, lava fragments, and apple-green olivine crystals.
When I wrote that earlier post, little did I suspect that I would have a personal reason to reflect on the diversity of sands that Indonesia’s sprawling archipelago has to offer. I lived and worked in Indonesia a long time ago, and developed a great fondness for the place and the people; I returned recently to work on a project for the last month or so, and this has now turned into something longer term. So I’m now back briefly to London to get organised before returning to Jakarta together with Ibu Sandglass. All this may cause some disruption in blogging continuity for a while, but I look forward to reporting on this new adventure – and, hopefully, being able to describe the occasional personal encounter with my never-ending topic in this wonderful part of the world.
[Bali beach image, http://www.newshotram.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/Bali-beach-sunset.jpg]