After a two hour car journey then a 10 minute taxi boat I arrived at Palmyra Indah. What a find. Around six bungalows tucked away on the south west of Lombok over looking Gili Gede. Such a chilled place. Very little around and not very easily accessible by road. Bloody perfect.
Had a great nights sleep and had smoked salmon and scrambled egg on the beach for breakfast. While having it spied two youngsters trying to get the perfect instagram pic. They entertained me for ages posing over and over again.
Headed off on my bike this morning north bound for a spot of snorkling. Also risked putting my phone in a waterproof case underwater. Accidently took a video which came out OK. Pics not too bad – promise I’ll improve next time.
Video, my diving off point and pics to follow:
After all that snorkling came home and monged around the pool for the remainder of the day. I did ride through the middle of the island on the way back which was quite humbling seeing where the locals live. Must be pretty rubbish see us westerners frivolously wasting money.
Decided to go to the chaotic side of the island for dinner and to get the timetable for my boat to Gili Air tomorrow.
Went to the night market for a cheap tasty dinner. Noodles, chicken, prawn, squid (freshly barbequed), spring roll and a selection of veg accompanied by the tastiest satay sauce and blow your head off chilli sauce. Washed off with a beer for about £3. Beats a Sainsburys £3 meal deal!
Decided to cycle home again in the dark trying to avoid crashing into the tourists and pot holes. For my last night on Gili T decided to chill on my beach in a hammock with a beer. I’m so rock n roll!
I’ve moved house again today to Gili Trawangan. This meant my alarm went off at 6.30am for a 7.00am mini van pick up for the Gili Gili fast boat.
From my place in Sanur it was an hour or so drive to Pandang Bai (bay) where the harbour is.
On the way I saw a woman breastfeeding a baby while on the back of a moped on the expressway – good skills!!
Also saw more swastikas on buildings so had to have a google. Turns out before the nazis ‘stole” the symbol, it was, and still is, an ancient religious icon associated with Hinduism and Buddhism. I suspect the place in Sanur I wrote about in an earlier blog was using it as a symbol of Buddhism as opposed to anything else.
Anyway we arrived at Padang Bai, which I suspect if not full of tourists was once a nice place…
After a pretty good and fast crossing arrived at Gili T on the East side. Its all a bit chaotic here. Although quite pretty as below.
Off I strolled round the island, shared the footpath with a few goats on my way to the west side to the Gili Teak resort – great bathroom in my bungalow next to the pool and beach. I can even shower next to my very own pet fish…
Had to hit the beach for lunch after my early start.
Shuffled over to the pool and the double sunbed for the remainder of the afternoon. Fortunately my bungalow is next to the pool.
I ended up until sunset drinking fruit daquiris in the pool with a US couple that live in Hawaii and three lads from Essex – the weirdest combo ever!
I shall leave you with this evenings sunset as I head off to bed.
I’ve moved house today and am living in Sanur for the next couple of days. This is my new house and view from my little veranda by the pool:
I had done a booking via booking.com but for some reason it hadn’t gone through when I arrived, but the little guy at reception gave me the room for around half the price – bonus.
This place is spitting distance from the beach which you can walk along for miles – which I did. Also stopped for a bit of a sunbathe and swim in the sea. Great sunbathing weather as there is a constant breeze so you don’t swelter. It’s not too shabby here as you can see…
Was starving when I arrived having not woken in time for breakfast this morning. Stopped at a joint on the beach (La Playa) and ate my Nasi Campur with my toes in the sand…
Walked back along the ‘High Street’, which runs parallel to the beach. It was on my walk home I realised how far I had walked along the beach.
Now I am not sure what clientele the above place is hoping for with a name like that???!!!
I’m glad I came here. Slightly more chilled vibe than Canggu – which for me had too many vegans in. This is an older crowd so with more people who give less of a f**k, whereas Canggu was a bit younger and too many selfies and instagramming going on.
I think its time to find this evening’s BBQ on the beach.
Took a walk along the beach for about two miles this morning. It’s a bit cloudy today but keeps it quite nice to wander around. I currently live on the edge of Echo beach and I walked upto and along Batu Balong beach. I could have walked for miles and miles as the beaches seem never ending…
Well it’s only 3pm and I’ve walked 7.5miles. Think I deserve a siesta.
So I finally arrived courtesy of Emirates – with wifi on the plane!! How technology has moved on! Or am I just getting old???
Having arrived at Denpasar airport I entered the chaos of the arrivals hall. Fortunately I’d had a quick look online about how much to pay for a cab as I read it is a bit of a cab cartel there. Inevitably got a silly cab price “here comes the foreign girl with her rucksack let’s cane her for cash”, so had some fun at the cab desk bartering down the price and pretending to walk away. It’s funny when you come to relatively cheap places in the world you end up bartering over a couple of quid – but I guess it’s about the principal rather than the money. Needless to say I knocked off a third and got it for less than I read online!! Low and cheeky with a smile is my technique.
So, I opted to stay a couple of days in Canggu, much more chilled than the busy areas of Kuta and Seminyak.
I’m staying at a cute little guesthouse called the A7 guesthouse. The staff so far are lovely. I’m just having brekkie at the Grass Terrace – who do breakfast for the hotel. For my first meal in Indonesia it was lovely. Standards have been set:
Advocado, feta, pesto, toms on toast. Well nice. I think you can probably guess this blog, true to form, is likely to be made up of lots of food!!
Fruit is also so tasty:
Best reference to a Disney film I’ve seen in the loo: