Welcome to Lombok

Trip Start Apr 12, 2010
Trip End Jul 16, 2010

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Mimpi Manis

Flag of Indonesia  , Nusa Tenggara Barat,
Friday, April 23, 2010

We got up early this morning to catch the public (huge) ferry to Lombok, the island east of Bali. Lombok is a bit different than Bali because it's Muslim like the rest of Indonesia (Bali is Hindu) and because it is a LOT less touristy. They also have their own language and way of living. Besides a few touristy places this island is very conservative and I have to be conscious about what I wear. Lombok is also more isolated from the outside world so we expect not to have much contact besides our cell phone (and that is why you’re reading this a week later:).

We heard awful stories about the public ferry ride ($3 and 5 hours opposed to the $50+ fast boats that race between the two islands) but it was actually quite wonderful! We sat on a bench at the back end of the top deck of the ferry getting the breeze as we sailed by. We met a Swiss guy that was very nice he was in his 4th month of traveling through India and South East Asia (these kinds of trips are quite common for the rest of the western world). It was interesting to talk about the world views of the US and the differences between the countries.

Five hours later we arrived at beautiful Lembar harbor and we were taken by shuttle bus to Kuta, Lombok. The ride was absolutely gorgeous! The whole time we were going through very rural areas where there were people harvesting rice, tobacco, etc. all the while weaving through people in their cidomos (traditional horse buggies) and the huge pot holes in the very bumpy roads. It was great because we got dropped off right at our homestay  Mimpi Manis ("Sweet Dreams") which is owned by a Balinese and his British wife. The workers there are so nice; they just smile and are very humble and hardworking people. We watched one of them cut the entire grass with these large scissors.

We were excited to see that the room we had reserved was very clean and we even had an extra bed to put all of our stuff on and even a tv/dvd player with thousands of dvds to pick from (pirated of course)…all for about $9 a night with breakfast.  That night we relaxed and watched a movie. We also met a British couple around our age staying at the same place and got some tips about the beaches to go to so we will probably hang out with them tomorrow. It was great to sleep with a mosquito net for once so we didn’t have to worry about getting bit all night.
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Craig on

just like to let you know your blog has give some great information for a trip I'm planning with my family to Lombok. Your up to date information on Kuta (lombok) was really helpful. We're now staying at Mimpi manis and this article gave us some confidence to book.
Thanks and enjoy the rest of your trip
craig (australia)

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