Blame it on the Touristas
Trip Start Apr 17, 2001
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Gili Trawangan is a small island off the coast of Lombok. It's a wannabe hippie-haven where travellers meet to smoke pot, get drunk and listen to 60s rock'n roll. The planet is becoming increasingly filled with these blast-from-the-past oases where young backpackers can throw away their money in search of what their parents once had.
Daniel - of Daniel & Sara from Sweden – had an interesting take on “ new” world travellers when we last met in India. His philosophy is that foreign visitors destroy the social and economic fibre of the poorer countries they visit
Tomorrow we escape this make believe world. From the island of Flores in the east, we'll board a traditional schooner called the Al Isra destined for somewhere more pleasant. We managed to get an end-of-season deal that was too good to pass up, like the repositioning cruise we took from Seattle to Sydney. It'll just be Renate, Elenka and I, along with a crew of five. Many divemasters work in Indonesia just to have the opportunity to experience the reefs in the Sea of Flores. We'll get that chance too.
Check out the Al Isra at www.bluewatercruises.com