Another day at the beach

Trip Start Jun 16, 2008
Trip End Jul 06, 2008

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Jon and I were up again early, we really are old people. After breakfast we looked into options to get to the Gili Islands. The tour guide guy told us to be careful when changing money as it is a common scam to use a slip of the hand trick and drop rhupis behind the counter after the money has been counted. After a very stressful encounter with a shady money exchanger where we actually took our dollars and went elsewhere, we found some reputable types with lower rates, but far less stress.

We signed up to leave for the Gilis tomorrow and headed down to the beach to find Maddie #144. We grabbed lunch at a beach side cafe. We are all still adjusting to the slower pace of food service and the smoking everywhere. On to rent some chairs and umbrellas, we saw Maddie. She remembered Jon's name, we all got massages and had a relaxing afternoon.

After scrubbing the sand, sunscreen, and massage oil off in the low pressure hand held showers that we all love so much, we headed to the night market. Alison and I led the way while the boys questioned and grumbled. We weren't exactly sure where we were going and we were walking along the bypass in pitch dark, but we did find the night market. After a quick tour around with more than a few surprised looks from the locals (they don't get to many westerner's at this local street market) and a group of little one's practicing their English, I grabbed some corn and the rest of the group got nasi goreng. We were going to try some other dishes, but the cook was backed up with to go orders. We moved on to a pancake stand and all enjoyed a yummy chocolate pancake. We grabbed some fritters- veggie, 2 types of banana, and something that may or may not have been a potato and headed back to our hood. We were all full from our $2.10 dinner (that's total for all 4 of us!) We made our way down our street stopping for drinks at several happy hours. Since it is an early departure tomorrow, we capped the night off with foot massages and headed to bed.
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