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Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan February 9th 2016

18th October Had my last breakfast at the hotel, all the staff are so friendly, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is coming to Ubud. Checked out and got my pick up at 10.30am. One hour drive to Padang Bai. I'm like on my own, didn't have a clue where I was going, went into this restaurant and got a ticket for the boat and sat and ate food.. Chicken satay, rice and a mango shake (can't get enough of them..haha) a couple sat on the table with me, was talking about where we've been, general traveling talk, then a little rat ran across the beam of the restaurant and went into the little offering baskets that were up high and took the food.. Haha. Some people would freak out and scream, but it's ... read more
bintang on the beach
Padang Bai
Chicken satay

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan October 30th 2015

Après une bonne heure de bateau à chiquer avec un vieux marin, me voilà arrivé au beau milieu d'une carte postale. Les Gilis sont trois îles minuscules séparant Bali de Lombok, l'île adjacente. À peine arrivé à Gili Tranwangan, ou Gili T comme ils l'appellent ici, le rêve commence. L'eau est d'un turquoise presque fluo et les palmiers ombragent les bars et villas sur la plage. Ici pas de voiture, pas de soucis, et pas de police. Ce qui signifie que la drogue, condamnable de la peine de mort en Indonésie, y circule à flot. J'arrive dans mon hostel, où trois blancs et deux indonésiens discutent dans la rue en buvant des bières (il est 10:30 du mat). Deux suédois et un anglais, les deux autres sont les réceptionnistes. Le white crew m'invite à les accompagner ... read more
À peine un souffle de vent
Sunset
Fishing boat

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan August 20th 2015

Senggigi We arrived in Lombok and stayed a few days in Senggigi before taking a bus and boat to the beautiful Gili Islands. Senggigi is a small seaside tourist village, its ok for a quick stop over, but it does not appeal for a longer stay. When you drive over the hills Senggigi offers stunning scenery, green hills, lush tropical trees, beautiful blue sparkling ocean and many beaches with glittering silver sand. The views were breathtaking, but get close and you will see water bottles floating on the ocean, rubbish on the sides of the road and beaches with litter mixed through the sand. It is so bad I would not even sit on the beach. We watch as a group of local families eat their takeaway meals on the beach, and get up and leave ... read more
spending the day at mowies
relaxing in gili air
track around island gili air lined with beach restaurants

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan June 20th 2015

I write in honesty. I am on a journey, as are we all. My explorations in Indonesia are merely steps on a greater venture, they are the path I chose to take after the road I'd been following took a twisted turn and I fell.  Supported to climb back up, I sought a new path to destinations unknown. What have I found?  A clearer view and many encounters. It was recently suggested to me, in friendship and genuine concern, that in taking this time for myself perhaps I should conceal the 'fun' and share only the 'recovery'. Wise words, for perception is everything. But to me, this misinterpreted the essence of recovery. When I shared my aspiration to seek meditation and wellbeing in Indonesia, a friend advised that it should be meditation, wellbeing and play. She ... read more
Relaxing on Gili Air
Gili T nightmarket stall
Dancing at Sama Sama (with my debate partner)

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan June 11th 2015

With all the blogs I’ve done this is the most current one that I’ve done, in fact I’m actually still on the island on my last night with a ferry booked for tomorrow at 8 am. I arrived 6 days ago on an impulse after the previous hostel was fully booked. I had no idea what to expect and nothing was booked so landing on the island, the usual hustlers offering hotels, taxis and everything else was on hand but I walked past them to find a hostel, any hostel. Walking up and down the main street gave me no luck until I asked a random bloke if he knew of any where to stay and he told me of the place he was in. Off I went and I was lucky that they had a ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan June 2nd 2015

When the boat pulled up to Gili Trawangan we where all excited about some good beach time and a wee slice of paradise. For the price of a hostel, Sou, Camilla (who i’d met in Bali) and I managed to book a wee posh room at a resort that fortunately for us had no other guests so we could make full use of the pool and sound system. The downside was it was North on the island and what I thought was a 15 min walk turned out to be 30 mins - with backpacks and on a toasty 32 degree day. It did test my ethical strength as the only mode of transport is horse drawn carts which I did not want to use. So we had no choice but to have a beer stop ... read more
Gili T
Fire
Bale Sasak crew

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan May 29th 2015

Von Java bis zu den Gilis Sehr übermüdet von unserer Warterei und schlaflosen Nacht am Flughafen von Singapur nahmen wir uns vom Flughafen in Jakarta ein völlig überteuertes Taxi in das Stadtzentrum. Dazu muss man sogar, obwohl Jakarta mit über acht Millionen Einwohnern die Haupstadt Indonesiens ist, gibt es kein so wirkliches Stadtzentrum. Es gibt zwar das hochmoderne Bankenviertel jedoch auch Elendsviertel, üppig duftende Gassen in China Town bis hin zu dem alten Kolonialviertel "Kota", volle Straßen um den Platz der Freiheit aber keine wirklich pulsierende Gegend die man als Zentrum bezeichnen könnte. Wir ließen uns nahe dem Nationalmuseum für eine Nacht nieder, von dort aus hatte man gute Chancen, alles bestens mit den öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln zu erreichen. Bevor wir das Hostel ausgewählt haben, bestellen wir aber das typisch indonesische Gericht Nasi Goreng u... read more
Und schon gehts los!

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan December 23rd 2014

Ubud and Gili Trawangan - Tuesday, December 23, 2014 Both Curtis and Jen were done with haggling and deciding on transportation options so we had the hotel arrange it for us. They expertly scheduled our shuttle to the dock and the speedboat to our next destination where we would spend Christmas - the largest of the Gili Islands, Gili Trawangan. The tickets included the return fare from Gili Trawangan and shuttle to Seminyak on Bali and cost 2.4M IDR. The price seems steep at first, but after calculating how much we would pay if we haggled each fare individually, we would probably save about $20 USD. While using the service, it was surprising to see how many other tourists utilized the same option. The Gili Islands are about a two hour speedboat ride north east of ... read more
Sunset
Like the sign says: Turtle Conservation
Another sea turtle conservation sign

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan November 24th 2014

It's been a busy time at the school I teach at in Java, so blog posting means I've just had a trip! I started at Senggigi Beach, which is a strip of Lombok's coast about 2 hours from Mataram international airport (3 hours for us, as I wanted a breakfast stop too) and cost me about 240,000rp to travel to by private car from the airport. Senggigi Beach is a nice start to Lombok; pretty scenery, friendly people, and good amenities. I stayed at a hotel (I forget the name) for one night for 300,000rp and booked a very cheap public boat to Gili Trawangan for the next morning for 75,000rp. After exploring the beach itself, I was met with the main disillusionment I always face when visiting a beach in Indonesia; litter. It's not a ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan August 23rd 2014

Last entry of the summer school holidays...and this time, finally with Tiffany and Leslie. I could have written an additional entry, but let say that during the last 10 days...I have spend all my time with Leslie and Tiffany, above and below water...and my time on internet was primarily for business issues....somebody still have to work! I picked up Leslie and Tiffany in Denpasar airport. They had just spent a full month in Vietnam. Well, they were all white...didn't know there was no sun in Vietnam even during the rainy season...and they spent the first three days sleeping all over the place...go figure out! We spent the first night in Kuta before coming back to Denpasar for our short flight to Lombok. I could have put few lines on an entry about Kuta...but it just doesn't ... read more
And that's a cute baby...
Yes, they are growing up fast...teenager years...
Gilis = Turtles....




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