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Indonesia Part IV: Gili Trawangan

We spent nearly a week on Gili Trawangan (Traw-wong-in.) I had originally chosen it due to the repeated complaints that “Bali was too touristy,” but found, to some disappointment, that Trawangan was itself the epitome of touristy. Perhaps because it’s a small island and it’s overloaded with Europeans (Oh, the French… our Indian host had been right – they do not make good tourists,) Australians, and Brits. Most nights we didn’t go out at all, to avoid the throngs of college-age revelers who can apparently never tire of The Black Eyed Peas “I Got A Feeling.”

For the most part we laid low on a remote stretch of the beach, snorkeled every day (spotting six huge sea turtles,) ate, and did our best to sleep despite lengthy calls to prayer 5 times a day (we were there during Ramadan.) Also, despite popular belief, roosters do not give their signature calls at about 5am as the sun starts to rise. They in fact cock-a-doodle doo! all day and night. And in case one should tire never worry – there are several dozen running around almost any where you go on any of the Gili Islands which are in fact, farmland skirted by tourist areas. Alas even paradise has flies. Lots of them.

Be a Responsible Tourist

Boat with Mountains

Boat

Taxis

Coral Information

It's quite simple really

There is a constant flow of things coming on the island and things leaving the island. Even fresh water has to be brought in since their well water has high salinity. Construction supplies move constantly onto the island day and night.

Semen Cement

Unloading

Bringing in the Beer

Horse Loading

Watching

Off to Another Island

Nap

As usual I have a bunch of photos of the local kids because they often tell so much of the story of the places we visit. And their expressions never lie.

Gili Girl

Boy with Truck 1

Boy with Truck 2

Boy with Truck 3

Boy with Truck 4

Bath Time

Rider

Best Friends

Boys in the Surf

On to the Next Adventure

Reloading

Water Fight

Water Dump

We walked around the interior of the island and found a lot of farm land and live stock.

Horse and Rooster

Rooster

Curious Cow

Cow Close Up

"GET UP AND PASS THE BALL JERRY"

Feeding the Chickens

Feeding the Horse

Turkey

Coconut Graveyard

Off Duty Taxi Driver

Gili Woman

Hanging Drapes

Maria on the Back Roads

Bananas 1

Bananas 2

Grave

Disco Death

We toured the coast…

Low Tide

Dead Coral

Done for the Day

Catching a Snack

Snack

Grab Bag

Maria at Low Tide

Nerd's Delight

Wet Feet

Looming Volcano

Touring

Turtles!

We laid on the beach and rolled into the water once in a while…

How to Spend a Vacation

This Is How We Do It

Maria Snorkeling

Sea Turtle Comes Up for Air

Modesty Please

Hooray!

Lazy

Dog Day of Summer

We ate and drank!

Checking the Menu

The Whole Menu

Tropical Gelato

Second Breakfast

Coconut Glory

Face Full of Coconut

Coconut Water

Video: How to shell a coconut with a machete.

Three Amigos at Happy Hour

For three nights we ate the best, authentic Italian pizza.

Antonio is the Freddie Mercury of Pizza Making

The Crust

The Sauce

The Toppings

The Pizzas

Featuring Sausage Pizza

and Margherita Pizza (with extra cheese)

and Prosciutto and Mushroom pizza

Wood Fire Oven

Video: Antonio, Pizza Master at work

and some various other shots from the trip…

Gecko

Aww

In the Garden

Oh Hi

King of the Reception Table

Preening

Awaiting Departure

Our Ferry Arrives

Bye Bye Lombok

Volcano

Volcano!

Why They Call It A Layover

Incheon Kubrick International Airport

2001 This, Bitches

End.

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Posted by on August 23, 2011 in Life Abroad

 

Indonesia Part III: Gili Meno

The middle of the three Gili Islands. We took a day ride there and did nothing except eat and drink coffee. The water was too murky for snorkeling in the area we visited.

Island Hopping

Ocean Spray


Video: All That We Want…

The islands have an ecological program that helps to preserve the turtles that use the Gili Islands for breeding. The first two images were taken at a turtle conservation tank. (More of that in Part IV.)

Baby Turtles

Turtle Scrub

Fruit Lady (her basket was about 25 kilos!)

Peeling the Mango

Europeans

Nyam Nyam Nyam

Menobaruna

Pier View

View of Gili Air

Next – Indonesia Part IV: Gili Trawangan

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2011 in Life Abroad

 

Indonesia Part II: Gili Air

We spent two quiet days on Gili Air, off the coast of Lombok (Bali’s sister island.)

Our Room in the Background

Coconut Grove

Taxi

Plumeria

Old Coconuts

Ramadan

Gilligan's Island

Jammin'

Waiting for a Fare

Horizon

Dreamscape

Boat at Low Tide

Just Another Day

Final Touches

Drums

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?

Lombok Coffee

Next – Indonesia Part III: Gili Meno

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2011 in Life Abroad

 

Indonesia Part I: Bali

There’s not much I have to say about the trip that the pictures and videos don’t already say. So I’ll get straight to it. Click on images for larger size (some look kind of blurry in these smaller sizes.) Note: This is the first trip I’ve shot with my Nikon D7000. It’s nice to shoot without limitations on digital… but then I have too many things to sort through now. I’ve yet to figure out remember all of the features (spot metering etc.) so here’s what I have regardless…

Hotel Veranda

Entrance

Hotel Door

Veranda Wall

Gold Flower

Fogo Moth Repellent

Maria with Palm

Labourer

Street Satay

Satay Smoke

Which Way?

Pup

Avocado Smoothie

Fisherman

Wanna Buy A Watch?

Your Face On A Plate!

Garbed Statue

Flute

Dragon

Monkey

Dancer

Costume

Bells

Dragon Face

Weaver

Loom

Batik Waxing 3

Batik Waxing 2

Batik Waxing 1

Statue with Adornments

Carvers

Wood Carving 1

Wood Carving 2

Wood Carving 3

Wood Carving 4

Right?

Rice Field

Temple Entrance

Washing in the Holy Water

Temple Regulations

Getting Temple Attire

Group Prayer

Praying

Prayer

Dear Tourists…

Altar

Temple Woman

Pond Fish

Coffee Fresh Off the Tree

Coffee Roast

Luwak Coffee (aka World’s Most Expensive Kitty Litter)

Bali Coffee Beans

Roasted Coffee (Dark Roast Heaven)

Maria Grinding Coffee

Fruit Bat

Cocoa

A Little About Luwak Coffee…

Sleeping Luwak

A Variety of Sample Coffees and Teas

Taste Testing

Cinnamon Tree

Cocoa Pod

Peekaboo

Ripe Coffee Fruit

‘Brain’ Flower

Wall

East Side Represent

Rice Terraces 1

The Tour Pitch

Giant Story

Rice Girls

Rice Terraces 2

Planting Rice

Rice Terraces 3

When Vendors Attack!

Quilt

Student Parade


Videos:

A traditional Balinese band practices in a temple across from our hotel

Philip buys a watch

Prospective Tour Guides at the Rice Terraces

Holy Volcanic Spring

Volcano

Coffee Roasting

Happy Coffee Story

Next – Indonesia Part II: Gili Air

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2011 in Life Abroad