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Oct 21, 2012 - Gili Air

10/21 Hotel Central provide a very nice fried egg, toast, jam, butter, & tea breakfast after which we walked out to the road and the fellow from the previous night at a tour agency hailed us. He quoted us 100,000 r. for the taxi trip to the boat and ferry to Gili Air. Since it was leaving promptly (8:15) we made a quick ATM stop (luckily, since later we found there are none in Gili that worked) then headed out. By 10:30 we were on the ferry loaded with locals, produce, mechandize, and tourists. Wiki Info Gili Air A bit choppy but no one...

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Oct 20, 2012 - Pulau Moyo, Keramat Is., Lombok and shuttle to Sengigi

First stop after 6:30 breakfast, Pulau Moyo and waterfall! This island and small village near the waterfall exists on work for locals at a 5 Star Resort and tourists stopping to visit the waterfall as well as fishing. The waterfall was the most impressive part of our boat trip for me! Fresh water from artesian springs creates this wonderful phenomenon. I am very hopeful that it can be preserved in its natural state but this will only happen if the locals allow it to. My thought is to help the local school teacher, Zainal Abidin, who is...

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Oct 9, 2012 - Sumbawa Besar, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Indonesia

Wiki Info Nusa Tenggara Indonesian buses like to invite guitar singers on board just before leaving to serenade passengers for $$. Very nice, unique, and better than the blasting of music usually on their speakers but still just another example of how they try to suck $ out of every experience we 'tribal travelers' are involved in! At the ferry crossing 7-8 local women piled on the bus all with the same snacky goods as well as fruits - strawberries - in season and drinks. We got off the bus at Sumbawa Besar on the highway across from the...

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Oct 8, 2012 - Mataram

Oka Homestay Traffic here in Bali is way over-the-top. If they don't solve transport in some other way than private vehicles it's going to kill the goose! But then we've been lots of places where the same can be said, including the US! The slow ferry leaving Bali gave us a picturesque view of the island which reminded me of South Pacific song, Bali High. Incurable romantic, ha! The ferry ticket - purchased through Legian Beach Bangalow - included the transfer bus into Mataram. Clever folks, these transfer operators. With a captive audience...

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Jul 16, 2012 - Gili T: Paragraph 9 - Back to the Beach

Hellooooo from the Gili Islands! We spent a few days wandering Kuala Lumpur, which I actaully very much like as a city. Much cleaner and more spacious than the other Asian cities I have visited. We wandered the markets, and tasted some amazing food, and went to visit the famous Patronus towers. We also visited the aquarium which was a bit of fun! We then flew to Bali and were taken to our lovely (but fairly pricy) guesthouse a little way outside Kuta. We were all tucked up and ready to go to sleep, when I realised there was something...

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Mar 31, 2012 - Air we go, Air we go!

Hi, After disembarking onto our third Gili island we were in the mind set that securing every accommodation on the Gili's was going to be a laid back pleasure. Having rejected one hotel tout for being 50R too expensive we settled for a sunset bungalow on the north side of island. Getting there was a bit of a hike through a huge paddy field dodging a few bulls with the largest population of flies stuck to their hair, eyes and dangly bits I had ever seen, the tout succumbed to picking up Petrina's ruck-sack from the floor and carried it a...

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Asian Adventure 2011

Mar 29, 2012 - Finding Meno

Hi, Quite possibly my best blog title I think. If Gili T was the lively island then Gili Meno was the the Robinson Crusoe-Chill-out island. 20mins on the boat and 10 to find accommodation found us exploring a new island all before 10.30am. Being smaller (Meno not me!), the challenge of walking round the island was not a great challenge. In fact no challenge at all seeing as, in my opinion, this was the most beautiful beach walk we've been on. (Pics soon I promise, more camera problems. I'm in McDonalds waiting for our flight to NZ). The...

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Mar 24, 2012 - Gili Trawangan

Hello everyone, We have to tell you all about Gili Trawangan AKA Gili T. Totally gorgeous and spell binding. The night time arrival was grim though. We arrived at the dock at dusk and boarded a longboat that seemed determined to roll over and capsize. The closest we came to actually rolling over was once the 40+ people were crammed on with at least 50 cases of beer (fair enough) and then luggage was tossed down into the passenger area only to be replaced with propane bottles. The 5ft long ones, and 5 in all. The forest was the worst...

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Asian Adventure 2011

Mar 7, 2012 - Crossing the Equator

Today we cross the Equator, the center point of the earth which divides the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. King Neptune (known in Greek mythology as Poseidon) oversees this part of the world. He uses his trident – a spear with three points on its head – to shatter rocks and call for or subdue storms. In time-honored seafaring fashion, we attend a ceremony to honor King Neptune in return for safe passage to the Northern Hemisphere and smooth waters. The ship’s staff has searched from bow to stern to find the perfect offerings. These...

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Mar 6, 2012 - Lembar, Lombok, Indonesia

We tender ashore to take a tour to explore the fascinating culture of Lombok in Indonesia. Lombok is an island west of Bali and advertises itself as the “unspoiled Bali” in an attempt to draw more tourism. Tourism is Lombok’s highest source of income and we are warmly welcomed at the pier by Indonesian dancers. It is a 45 minute bus ride inland to Mataram, the capital city. The area is agriculturally fertile and we pass many rice and water spinach fields. Mount Rinjani is the island’s most dramatic geological landmark rising 12,224 feet. It...

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Nov 27, 2011 - Went to the well but the water was dry....

Dipped my bucket in the clear blue sky Looked in the bottom and what did I see? The whole damned world looking back at me.... Satu Lagi! (One More) Here I am back in Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia. I'm sitting in my friend Alfredo's villa looking out at blue skies and swaying palm trees. The weather is warm, no hot, and the pool looks incredibly enticing. I promised myself though that I would get a journal entry up and posted with a few pictures before succumbing to the urge to lie around and do nothing. So, I am back on the road and...

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Nov 24, 2011 - Thanksgiving Day

Today is Thanksgiving Day. And I get to spend it in paradise. How very very happy I am. And still so very grateful to be able to be where I'm at at this very moment in time. I start out for a walk on the esplanade and stop for a juice at EGO, where they have wifi. I post a beach picture to Facebook, just because it doesn't seem fair to keep this all to myself, it needs shared. Finally decide on a piece of perfect beach, and into the water I go again!! Met several people today from all over, one from France, 2 from Sydney, 2 from...

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