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Day 2 on a small island

is loads of fun

sunny 35 °C

We’ve spent our time here doing nothing. Lying on the beach, eating a bit of food, being nice to the local cat population (as Anita has said, 700 inhabitants, so there must be about 300 cats). We did venture out for a walk around the whole island today tho! Pretty intense stuff, lots of endurance needed. Our guide book says it should take about 4 hours (really? Oval island 3kmx2km?) so we gave ourselves exactly that amount of time to hit the southern end and thus see the sunset from the highest point on the island – 100 meters. But we managed to knock off this great feat in a little under two hours, so got to the hill too early and thus no sunset. But I think our shoulders would out shine it anyway – we’re both ‘a little’ burnt. No one else really seemed to be doing the walk at the same time as us – mental note: walking around in the tropical sun in the middle of the day sans sunscreen or even a shirt is a bad idea. Remember to Slip Slop Slap.

(Apparently I exaggerate. It wasn’t the middle of the day. We started at 2pm)

Tomorrow we think we might go on a glass bottom boat and snorkelling trip around these three islands (the Gili Islands remember? Can’t remember the names really, and anyway, this one is hard to say, so I’m calling it Gili T. Gili A and Gili M are the other two). Tonight tho, we need to go change some money. Problem is that we have MasterCard things. This island has one ATM. It takes VISA. Dammit.

Another problem is that the US dollars I have are mostly older or more used than the money changers like. So they are hard to exchange! AND we need A MILLION of the local currency just to pay for our 4 night’s accom! A million! That’s like … 60 quid! (managed to change the money ok, so please dont feel the need to send us any)(unless you really want to)

Anita’s bout of upset (travellers?) tummy has abated, coincidently at the same time as she stopped taking her anti-malarials. Anyone know how to stop that specific side affect? Since there are no mosquitoes on this island, let alone malaria, we’re fine for now. But in two days time I think we’re back in malaria zone. We thought about it and decided that malaria was the worse of the two inflictions, so she has to start them again tomorrow. Fingers crossed.

We're now sitting in a nice Reggae bar with a nice sea breeze, listening to a local Reggae band. All very nice.

Nice.

Posted by Big.G 05:00 Archived in Indonesia Tagged round_the_world

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I have canvassed opinions in the Gastro and Infectious Diseases Departemnts. So far we have
1. Change to a different medication
2. Check, via the CDC website, what the local resistant pattern is for the malaria in the area.
2. Take diastop or other anti-diarroheal agents.
4. Deal with it!

Personally I think you should see if you can't change to a different medication...there is more than one type for malaria.

Hope this is at least entertaining!!!!!

Love to you both......

Jenni

Thanks Jenni
As we hadnt arrived in a malarial zone yet I stopped taking them for 2 days, felt much better, have now started again and am still fine so maybe it was just a coincidence...
Think for where we are doxy and malarone are the only effective ones and malarone are just far too expensive for the length of our trip, hopefully it was just a blip!!!
Hope you arent missing laura too hugely and that she arrived safely x

by Jenni

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