Printed: Oct 11th 2010
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G’day all (can you convey to where by we are nonetheless?)
Soooooooo considerably to tell you and ideally some really pics for you all to see now. There will never be also considerably today as i’m preventing the clock on the laptop or computer that keeps ingesting my $2…so flamin costly below in Oz but a lot more of that from Han later.
So i assume that we very last still left you whilst we were staying pampered at the 5 star lodge in Sengiggi, Lombok. Cannot recall if Han experienced talked about the regional delicacies i tried using – all fantastic but if you are at any time in this article, but Please think two times about consuming “Ayam Talliwang”……..jesus your chocolate starfish will by no means be the same shape once more!
Tuesday 21st September – The bus for the diving training course picked us up early right after another fab breakfast struggling with the seaside and took us to an obscure harbour at the north of the island. We were being equally a little bit worried at this place as the diving “university” that we might booked with Abdul with the extensive hair (“lengthy hair, prolonged lifestyle”) was effectively an unfinished hotel that was filthy. Luckily that was just the products retailer and the authentic adventures have been nevertheless to occur.
Boarded the catamaran boat style thing with the gear and set sail on the 30 minute journey to the Gili islands, not actually realizing what to count on but with a fantastic team of folks. All the instructors were being locals and were being often smiling!! Arrived at Gili Trawangan which is the most significant of the 3 islands, and right after choosing up a few of Aussies (Hayden and Matthew – interesting fellas) and a manic German (Julia – just take a chill capsule luv) we got straight into the diving. Education physical exercise in shallow drinking water (3m) in the morning with no true probs apart from poor Han swallowing 50 percent the Bali Sea on one of the skill thingys the place you take your mask off underwater. Imagined she was going to give it in at that phase but like a trooper she saved heading with some excellent outcomes – “you appear like a mermaid darlin”. Lunch on the seaside on the smallest island (Gili Meno) that experienced the dodgiest rest room i have at any time noticed (indeed Elle it was a gap in the ground like Slumdog Millionaire). Fantastic position and Actually quiet.
Dive 2 in the afternoon down to 12m and each Han and I are
emotion like naturals while my ears wouldn’t equalise and i experienced to arrive up to the surface area a pair of times – ended up with a nosebleed while watching a school of flying fish. I are unable to genuinely do justice to the sights we noticed less than the waves but among the gems had been turtles (a lot!) Puffer Fish, Scorpion Fish, Lion Fish, Lobsters, Barracudas……you get the notion. Back to the lodge for some study…..is this what we arrived absent for???
Wednesday 22nd September – Having checked out of the Sheraton we obtained back more than to the Gilis the next day for the next dive at Shark Stage….and certainly i did sh*t myself at this juncture (my chocolate starfish endured one more harm). The Instructors were being even heading to particularly discover just one for us to see!! Sadly (aww) we did not control to tempt a shark to occur over but at 12m we saw heaps of the normal turtles etcetera and so on….how unexciting…not! A person of the other dives saw a few of white idea reef sharks. Lunch on Gili T although a couple of the learners did their test and we managed to see our accommodation that experienced been sorted for us. Stunned by how
fashionable the spot was bearing in mind the island has just 800 persons dwelling on it and no vehicles (only horses and carts). Open up air toilet significantly to Han’s amusement. Up coming dive in the afternoon at the Bounty Wreck which was a US boat sunk by the japs apparently. Han and I are feeling like pro’s at this position and loving it!
Finished the dives and headed household for some extra examine – sheesh. It’s unbelieveable how tiring the diving was so we made the decision it was “Bintang Time” (the neighborhood beer), headed for a beachside bar and go through even though we drang and ate Nasi Goreng – i can think of even worse schools to be in! At the time the sunlight had reported goodnight from it is 33 degree significant we headed back again to our new gaff and had an early evening.
Thursday 23rd September – awoke early (possibly experience a tiny guilty at not reading our guides appropriately the night just before and were served breakfast on our terrace from the “Pood and Drink” menu. Determined in opposition to the pood and had fruit, scrambled eggs and the strongest espresso in the environment. Experimented with to capture up on the missing 4 chapters while conversing
to some Swedes dwelling future to us.
So off to fulfill the boat in sweltering heat (35 levels) and our previous dive at Shark Issue (these boys are attempting to kill me). Wonderful dive with Mohni the key gentleman (owns the dive club – Lombok Dive) with hundreds of the common fishy type things but thankfully no sharks! Off for a great local lunch ($4 all in) and then the dreaded examination. Would you Adam and Eve it we both equally passed with flying colors (Dave – 100% and Han 98%…..”you just would not listen would you petal”) – accredited divers at last.
Both of those significant on remaining just about qualified divers (not) we turned down the regular offers of Magic Mushroom Milkshakes, Weed and even Cocaine!!! Excellent bars and dining establishments on Gili T whilst by the time we might experienced a beer with the Aussie boys we would missed the BBQ fish stuff. Headed back emotion a little old but caught a superb Reggae band on the way back.
Friday 24th September – Han and I the two totally liked the Gili Islands and carefully advocate any individual to appear below. Completely unique to Bali and marginally extra hippy and chilled than Lombok –
at this stage Han and I take into account marketing up and shifting here, possibly to open a therapeutic massage university or for me just to mature lengthy hair (we may possibly be here a while). Alas while we have to move on and so at midday ish and again in silly warmth, we caught the quickly boat again to Bali so that we could get to the Airport for the flight to Darwin late that night. Horrible journey of about 2 and a fifty percent several hours in rather tough seas. Han just about get her pood down and we uncover the chaotic mess of a minibus services to the airport although attempting to stay away from the Balinese street sellers and beggars. There were being 8 people today (of 4 various nationalities) crammed into a awful stinky van that had carried out 500,000 miles – no mean feat on an island this little! Just after another 2 hrs we sooner or later arrived at the airport for the lengthy wait around for the 11pm flight. Acquired chatting to a couple people today which includes Matthew “the stalker” Pinder – an English guy who was clearly on a limited budget but built it a little bit evident and was pretty a lot out to get what he could
from us. Really gutted to locate out he was the similar flight as us and even keeping at the very same lodge in Darwin. I puzzled no matter whether he was trying to crash our home for cost-free! To be reasonable to him however he did give us some hints about travelling in SE Asia and proposed Laos so that’ll be a further change to our itinerary then!
Immediately after remaining billed 150,000 rupiah each (about 12 quid) to get through customs (i would have paid 1 million) we ate, drank and prevented our buddy Matt until we took off devoid of any delays – neat.
Laters white guys.
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