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Gili T

Written on: Sunday August 6th, 2006

A journal entry from: Indonesia Summer 2006

The Gilis might be my favourite place in the whole world. But getting here was no easy feat. We were up at 530am to catch our 20min flight to Lombok aboard a sketchy, tiny plane. Upon landing in Lombok we caught a cab across to Bangsal, the harbour. Bangsal was not fun. We were hassled constantly, yelled at, sat in the hot sun for a long time, but finally caught the little public boat across to Gili Trawangan. Oh, and the locals also took to calling me "Spaghetti Head." The public boats only leave when they're full, and the locals were trying to get us to buy expensive charter tickets, or pay to fill the whole boat. Grrr. Anyhow, we made it across fine, and Gili T is beautiful.

We're staying in little bungalows that are very basic, but have everything we need. Our first day there the 3 of us went for some lunch, then fell asleep in the sun for a while.

Gili T is tiny; it only takes about an hour to walk around it. (It doesn't even show up on the google map!) It's a diving island, so every shop is a dive shop/bar/restaurant. Parties rotate M, W, F to a different bar, and everyone on the island goes, locals and tourists. I love the small community feel that Gili T has. At night, we get our own barunga, drink beer, and watch movies. Later on the parties get started.

Besides enjoying the social life, and laying on the beach, the 4 of us took a boat out snorkeling to all 3 Gilis (Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air). We saw lots of beautiful fish, huge turtles, giant clams, and beautiful corral reef. We broke for lunch on Gili Air, then headed back to Gili T. The other night we also walked around Gili T to watch the sunset, which was gorgeous.

It's going to be so hard to go back to work in Surabaya!!!!