Ubud, Gili and Kuta.
Trip Start Oct 16, 2008
20Trip End Oct 15, 2009
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Mercury pendant for me and a silver ring with inset turamaline stone for Torie.
Next day we were on the road to Gili Trawangan in search of beaches and a cool ocean breeze. Had the scooter taxi ride of our lives down the Monkey Forest road to the Perama bus station at half 6 in the morning. Perama bus to Padangbai in eastern Bali where we chilled for a while before catching our boat to Gili T. Relaxing 4 hour journey, joined by dolphins for a short while. Hit Gili T. just as the sun was setting. Spectacular skies and shimmering waters, like liquid silver.
Three lazy days in this secluded and relaxing beach hut we were ready for something a little closer to the action so we found a very nice, small family run bungalow in the village behind the main strip. This became our home for over two weeks.
Great little island. Very easy to get drawn into the place and feel right at home. Got to know a good few of the people and got on really well with the locals. Cool wee outdoor cinema in one of the bars showed two films a night, just order a drink or some food and have a seat. Arak and Rum were our local spirits of choice. Was actually a bit odd leaving the place as we began to feel really at home but we had a plane to catch in Bali. Our Perama booking to get back to Bali didn't work due to some boat problem so we splashed a bit more cash to get the fast boat direct from Gili T. to southern Bali. This slashed our travel time from nine hours to three. Bumpy but exhilarating experience and it was definitely a wise decision considering our flight was at 6am the next morning as this gave us some recuperation time in Kuta before heading to the airport.
Kuta beach is a bit of a hawker and tout hell. Surfing mecca though and the beach is impressive. Kuala Lumpur next...