The best cinema in the world

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

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Flag of Indonesia  , West Nusa Tenggara,
Monday, August 23, 2010

It was our last full day on the Gili's and we couldn’t decide what to do. We were still a bit sore from our extreme sunbathing two days ago so weren’t overly interested in burning it in even more so we decided to go and hire a film hut on the beach for a few hours.  We spent another lazy morning reading and drinking tea before heading down to make our selection from the hundreds of films available for free as long as you spend no less than 60,000 Rupiah in the bar/cafe.  Andrew felt in a bit of an epic mood so chose Troy as he was sure we hadn’t seen it.  I wasn’t convinced but his memory is a lot better than mine so we got the disc and started to watch the film with a couple of cans of coke.  Within 5 minutes I was remembering what happened next so we swapped it for 'Did you hear about the Morgans’ a chick flick with Sarah Jessica Parker and Hugh Grant.

The film was really great but was only let down by the bees.  If anyone has seen a bee in South East Asia they will know what I mean.  They are huge black tanks that look very scary and love to live in cinema huts.  In fact they actually were living in the holes on the underside of the roof and would swoop down under the roof almost hitting us to find them.  I think that I ended up missing a quarter of the film just trying to keep my eye on the holes.  We had a lovely chilled out day (apart from the minor panic attacks that I had when I saw a bee) ordering food from the cafe and glued to the screen.  We went back to the hut and had an afternoon doze (god we are getting old) before deciding to go over to the other side of the island to see our last Gili sunset.

This time we took the beach road and the ‘Sunset’ beach bar was virtually deserted.  We walked further than the bar this time to discover a very eerie sight.  One of the guesthouses and its grounds along this stretch of the beach was cordoned off by police tape but without any explanation why.  It looked like it had been that way for years as the place was clearly derelict but have read so many crime novels since we were here lots of scenarios kept going through our minds. We sat on the beach  watching the sun go down and the clouds though still here tonight were lit up golden by the sun it was a beautiful sight and we couldn’t help taking photo after photo even though the camera battery was quickly dying.            

We walked back and ate at last nights restaurant again with a few beers to celebrate our final night here.  There was a band on which were really good made up of four local men each playing a different instrument. It is so easy to lose yourself here, not just because of all the magic mushrooms and weed on offer, and let’s face it I could get lost anywhere, but the place is so chilled out its hard to drag yourself away unless you really have to.  I still feel gutted that we weren’t able to go to Komodo to see the Komodo dragon like we had intended but instead we have fully chilled out and for what seems like the first time on the trip have taken our foot off the pedal for almost a week – I think the longest we have spent anywhere.  I can’t see us being able to do this kind of thing anywhere else on our journey from now on, in a strange kind of way it has felt like a holiday from the whole travelling thing.

We packed up some of our bags at the hut before bed even though we didn’t have to leave until 10.30am.  We had decided over dinner that we couldn’t leave without climbing Trawangan Hill in the morning before breakfast so wanted to give ourselves plenty of time in case it took longer than expected.  The mosque was still broadcasting its’ song as we tried to get to sleep the only up side to leaving was that we could return to the peace and tranquillity of Kuta, not necessarily something that the place is well renowned for.      
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