Sandals and strap marks

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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Flag of Indonesia  , West Nusa Tenggara,
Saturday, August 21, 2010

We indulged in our usual early morning routine of omelette and toast on the porch, I used to hate omelette how things have changed – but then again there are only so many pancakes and jaffles that you can stand. This morning we were very early so our usual patch of sand was still ankle deep when we got there so we had to make our way up to the busier end of the beach.  There was no shade to be had at this stage but Andrew assured me that there would be some very soon as he slathered himself in factor 15 sun oil, it was really hot already but I took him at his word and settled myself down for the day with my umpteenth book.

There we stayed for most of the day except for a short interlude when we went to 'Wrapper Snapper' again to share some chunky chips this time with garlic mayonnaise...tasty.  The shade never came though so I spent quite a bit of time in the sea escaping from the heat of the day.  The water was azure and so warm I didn’t want to come out of it until I saw a dark shadow under the water and as it came closer it was the weirdest sea creature I have ever seen, I’m going to try to look it up on the internet, so I sought refuge back at my towel.

We watched all the scuba diving crews come and go, there are at least 5 or 6 on the island which all offer really nice accommodation, and it occurred to me that scuba divers are all slim people I have never seen one slightly obese or even slightly chubby one – maybe it’s something to do with the wetsuit.  Do these things come in different sizes or are you just handed the talc?  Again we had the conversation about taking the PADI course but kind of feel that if we were going to do it anywhere we should have done it in the Philippines and still I’m not sure they sell talc here anyway.

I felt as though I had burned my back despite the sun cream and the amount of time I had spent in the sea.  We got back to the hut, showered and discovered that I had definitely burned my back so out came the after sun to provide a little bit of relief, now our white bits are decidedly whiter.  We decided to go for a walk down the beach to see what was going on this evening and also to book our boat to leave the island for three days time (we were warned that there was a three day waiting list), I had decided that enough was enough with my broken flip flops so was adamant that I was going to get another pair and burn the originals in our room.  Alas I couldn’t find my size in any that I liked so I had to carry on walking like I had a limp just to try to stop the toe post from coming out all of the time.

We booked ourselves on to the 3 Islands snorkelling trip around Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno the next day and bargained the guy down by 15,000 Rupiah each to 120,000 Rupiah for us both.  We weren’t sure what to expect, surely nothing could compare to The Perhention Islands in Malaysia where we snorkelled with sharks but we were told there was a wreck and turtles and giant clams to see along with all the usual tropical fish and it seemed a perfect opportunity what with the sunburn, I could dig out the snorkelling t-shirt and not worry about it.  We were really looking forward to it after lazing around for days, but the current looked very strong and as I’m not the strongest of swimmers I was a little worried about being swept out to sea (people have died trying to swim between the islands).  Andrew told me that at 15,000 Rupiah (that’s a pound) I could do without the fins and we would take the chance.  Thanks And.

All of a sudden Andrew wasn’t feeling very well, he decided that it was the garlic mayonnaise this time so we just went to Warung Indonesia again across from the hut and had some rice.  We got talking to a lovely guy called Harry from Liverpool who had just arrived and was trying to get a job at one of the dive schools to become a dive instructor.  He was an ex-marine who had just spent 6 weeks kayaking down the East coast of Australia sleeping on beaches in a hammock.  Cool guy, still we introduced him to the delights of Nasi Goreng and discussed potential must see places in Oz before we called it a night and hoped that Andrew would feel well enough to snorkel in the morning.
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