Island Life

Trip Start Aug 02, 2012
Trip End Aug 20, 2012

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Flag of Indonesia  , Nusa Tenggara Barat,
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tour Blog

Travel on to the west coast (approx 2 hrs).

Transfer by small boat to the laidback island of Gili Air (approx 30 mins).

The Gili Islands (Tiga Gili) are an archipelago of three small islands - Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air.

Enjoy snorkelling around the crystal waters of Gili Air.

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After a bracing cold shower we got up early for breakfast of which the choice was "no bread or no jaffles" so it looks like pancake or pancake then !!! - banana or pineapple or fresh fruit and tea or coffee (which was promptly not drunk by anyone receiving it as it was thick and sedimentary) pancakes took an hour to arrive which was surprising as we were the only ones apart from a few French in the place - the next task was to get juice (purchased) but "no juice !" was the answer - aaarrrrggghh ! So me and Helen went across the road to a cafe, purchased juices and brought them back

Together with paper like Walls that we could hear Kieran and Bethany whispering two rooms away this hotel comes highly recommended - not !

- goodbye hotel , never again, it was quite funny as robino said as we arrived "good food and hotel - no complaints " - well there have been now !

Back to the events of this morning and the highlight of Lombok so far was this morning a waterfall walk to a 30 metre waterfall. We started on a man made footpath and steps and before long we were scrambling knee high over the rocks wading up river... When we finally reached the waterfall we all stripped off and jumped in the freezing water, the waterfall spray like needles in our skin. - amazing experience - on the way back our guide took us through a 300 metre tunnel which had been calved (2 metres high) through the rock mountainside to act as a viaduct for the water, with occasional windows it was most of the time pitch black and with strong current up to our knees (sometimes over) it was great fun, we even brushed against large spider webs and had bats flying near our faces - the highlight of Lombok so far, special mention must go to Elle who overcame her fear to dark enclosed spaces.- well done Elle.

We are now currently back in our 12 seater minibus overheating in the boiling midday sun on the way to the port to go to the Gilli isles and spirits are high, we have just played the alphabet game of Lombok, starting with a through to z a- ayam (chicken) b - bingtang (beer). C - cidomos (horse drawn cart) d - dolphin e - egg (argh no more) f - flied rice g - gado gado (veg dish) h- hati hati (danger) I - Islamic j- jack fruit k- katsi shiza copi l - lubeck coffee (cat poo coffee) m - monkey n - "nooooo juice" or nasi goring (rice dish) o - "ooooo" when you jumped in the cold waterfall p - peanut q - "kuoini - the tour company we should have gone with for hot water " r - rice s - snorkeling t - terni m'kassi (tearing my car seat - thank you) u - ubud v - volcano or vegetarian w - waterfall x - xylophone playing Balanese man y - "super bloody lovely "y"ummy " - zinc plasters on everyone's feet

Good fun and laughing as everyone is remembering the last few days... Now where is that port. - only 1 more hour to go in this sweat bucket called a minibus (the scooby snack mobile)

Just stopped for a ATM machine and I spied a shop selling magnums !!! Before I had got back to the bus everyone was in the shop and buying our first ice cream in two weeks - meanwhile robino was hopping up and down as We were disrupting his minute by minute schedule

Well our holiday has suddenly increased by 5000% ! we have jumped on a boat from the beach and arrived half an hour later on the Gilli isles again landing on a pure White sandy beach with palm trees in front of our hotel which is 10 feet from the beach. Life here is so laid back, no cars just cidomos. If this is not paradise i don't know what is. We have a beautiful hotel with amazing rooms and an outside shower.(still no hot water but who cares now !) After checking in with a welcome drink we ambled down the beach until we came across the go go cafe where the young Michael Jackson lookalike waiter was so chilled he was just out of the freezer compartment !

As we walked into the cafe all the staff were fast asleep on soft seating areas !!! Sitting on bamboo furniture under bamboo and palm huts on the beach with not a sole around we had a leisurely beer and lunch which lasted for a couple of hours.... Bliss !!!

Just what the doctor ordered after our hectic two weeks. As the sun slowly sets giving yet another Bali orange sunset this is heaven, better go the outside infinity pool awaits ......
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mum and dad. on

It was nice to hear from you this morning.Enjoy your last days. It sounds as though you will be relaxing in luxury.

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