I've booked a room at big bubble dive since I also want to do a couple of fun dives here. Big Bubble is a very nice place with a swimmingpool and nice people. It should be for the price I am paying :)Since it's the 24th of December and I don't want to spend Christmas eve by myself, I decide to make some new friends. After 5 minutes already I've met some nice people: Sean fromEngland and Javiera from Chili. We all seem to get along really well, so I suggest we make some nice Christmas pictures with Christmas hats on ate the beach. If there's no snow, at least I want to have a nice Christmas picture on the beach :DIt's almost dinnertime and we've decided to go for some local food at the night market.
Matthias, a German guy, joins us for dinner. While we are walking to the nightmarket, I turn on my flashy lights on my Christmas hat. Apparently I am the only person on the Island with a hat that ha flashy lights. All the local kids are amazed and even the adults are a amused. Suddenly I am like a local hero haha. We grab a table at the nightmarket and everybody picks the food of their liking. It might seem a bit simple and cheap for a Christmas dinner, but I would not have it any other way! So far this has been a different because I did not have a Christmas feeling at all the last couple of weeks. But this nice dinner with new friends and my Christmas hat sure changed that feeling :)After dinner it's time for a little Christmas party in Tir na nog, The Irish Bar! There's really nothing Irish about it besides the name.. Doesn't matter though because the dancefloor is practically on the beach! We're all having a good time till the early hours, a perfect Christmas eve!What about the first day of Christmas and the second? Well they didn't really celebrated that, so neither did I. After one day of recovering (read processing alcohol) I am ready again for my first dive which is going to be at Sharkpoint. The current at the Gilis is quite strong so were doing a drift dive which means we get dropped of at point A and get picked up at point B. The sealife is interesting and I see my biggest turtle so far: 1,5 meters! We also spot a little octopus and some lionfish, but no sharks.
. The same evening Matthias and I feel like having a few drinks at the Irish Bar again. A few turns in to more and before I know it, it's 5 AM again, time to go to bed! The next day I make a walk around the island and at night I'm watching a lightning storm at the sunsetbar. The next day it's time to dive again! This time we're going to Mantapoint. Manta point is amazing, wide open reefs full of small and big fish and lot's of turtles! I can feel my diveskills are improving and my air lasts longer so I have more bottomtime. It started raining during my dive and as we make our safety stop (stay 3 mins at 5 meters to allow your body to adapt to the pressure) I look up and see the rain coming down on the surface. A mysterious but beautiful spectacle. And it's like being dry from the rain above water while I am actually wet below the surface. Everytime it amazes me how exciting and at the same time how quiet and peaceful diving can be. I'm focused and relaxed at the same time and my mind doesn't wonder off to useless thoughts. It truly is a form of meditation and living in the now! You guys can probably guess what I did at my last night on Gili T.. Party machen, what else :D Ok I know my party stories might get boring for some of you and it might seem all I do is party, but sorry guys: I don't care :) Yes I like to party, guilty as charged! This time it's in a bar where the locals hang out. After a couple of hours it seems I am the only western person around because I all I can see is people half my size. The locals like to joke around and I spend my last hour having some fun with them. It's remarkable how much the local people are smiling and having fun all the time, even though most of them are poor and try to sell you stuff. In a way the smiles are sincere and it makes me walk around smiling all the time. I really liked that. Gili Trawangan was a perfect destination for me to spend my Christmas, meet some nice people and do my diving. But 5 days has been enough and it's time to move on to Bali to celebrate New Years eve!
After spending one night in Sanur on Bali, I'm heading for Gili Trawangan today to celebrate Christmas. Yes, my first Christmas abroad in a tropical environment. I've got to make this one a Xmas to remember and Gili T seems the perfect place!