The next installment
24.08.2009 37 °C
Candi Dasa was not a huge place (you can walk from one end to the other in about 10 minutes!) and after 3 days of finding many sea creatures we never even knew existed we felt it was time to move on and decided on the Gili Islands. So we booked a boat to take us on the 4 hour journey as this was the most direct and quickest way. The journey across was pretty rough and most of the passengers (including ourselves) spent time downstairs laying on the seats attempting to sleep away the 4 hour journey as quickly as possible. As we neared the island we decided to stay on, Trawangan, the water became calmer and there was a beautiful sunset over the mountains of Lombok. We had to get off our boat onto a much smaller boat to be taken to shore and then had the task of finding somewhere to stay on a tiny island (2km x 3km and 700 inhabitants) in peak season….most places we asked were full and those that had the odd room were way over our budget as they were luxury places….we almost spent the night in one as my mental maths went a bit astray after a day of travelling and feeling tired – converted 80,000 rather than the 800,000 he wanted and thought we were grabbing ourselves a fantastic bargain!!!! You can imagine the disappointment when reality hit home
Eventually we found a place a short distance from the beach which is brand new, we even have an upstairs bedroom. There is a lack of fresh water on the island so we have to shower in salt water but it seems to be that way in all the budget accommodation. I seem to have a bit of ‘travellers belly’ at the moment (maybe down to the malarials we are taking as it started at the same time???) so we took it easy today, Gerald looked after me going out and getting me food and once I started to feel better we headed to the beach for a swim and a bit of time in the sun.