Lazy days in Lombok

Our rather expensive flight to Lombok was actually two flights, one to Bali and then a short hop to Lombok with Garuda Indonesia, the state carrier and a SkyTeam alliance member. On the way to Bali we also stopped off at Labuan Bajo. On each leg of the trip we also got a snack box which was pretty great, not that you could always tell which was sweet and which was savoury! Five hours later we arrived in Praya International, Lombok.

For our time in Lombok we had decided to stay initially in the surfer spot of Kuta on the south coast, then we had planned to go to the Gilli Islands to see if we could get one more dive day in before we left for Sydney (not that we could really afford it). With Gav’s injury which could potentially have been a break; we decided just to chill out in Kuta. Our digs here was La Mancha Homestay, run by a lovely Muslim family.

Fiona and Emmett who we had met in diving had got the boat that we had wanted to get to Lombok. They had been in Kuta but left the day we arrived. She said we were lucky not to have got the boat, they hit a storm and it was apparently terrifying (you sleep on the deck so the last thing you need is stormy seas!). Lucky escape there then! 

This was where we spent Christmas, unfortunately the medical facilities in Kuta were terrible, the closest hospital was in Mataram  and in the end he just kept it taped up (in addition to buying some rather expensive anti-inflammatories and pain killers in the tourist trap rip off of the medical centre- we did go to the local hospital but it was a proper third world one, no staff, no equipment and folks lying about on filthy trolleys with drips in their arms. We were advised to go to the expensive tourist one).

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Kuta Beach: Christmas Eve, we planned to have a walk on the beach, then we saw that cloud and headed back. However we didn’t make it back without buying a bracelet off one of the many kids who sell them here. Gav tried but in the end I bought one ( only 5,000RP/$0.37/£0.25).
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Christmas day, warm but stormy! Still beats putting up with storm Eva ripping through the British Isles
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A deserted beach just for us!
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Dinner was in a veggie place that served fish.

We even managed some days out on the bike. Essentially we just chilled out here, drove around a bit, visited some beaches and caught up on blog posts.

Stephens day/Boxing day: December 26th
On the 27th Gav went to the “clinic”- where we got fleeced on “medication” for Gav’s definately not broken hand- we think it may be a boxers fracture (as of writing this, 3 months later, it is still sore) and then we went on a trip to Mawan Beach. This was one of the few swimming beaches and allegedly only had a shack on it selling coconuts 18 months ago. It’s got the full shebang now, stalls, restaurants, toilets….
28th: There is not much to do here with a damaged hand but beaches…Argur,Selong, Mawi- stopped and second beach bit dangerous but kinda fun. Really bumpy road down to it with lovely views
29th- A day away from the beach for hair cuts, souvenir and present shopping and posting a few bits back (we had doubts this would arrive but has managed to get to the UK).
30th- Our last  Tanjung Aan beach, for anyone who may be reading this and get annoyed at paying for every decent beach near Kuta, if you go to the very very far end of Tanjung Aan beach; the last stop with restaurant. It has free loungers with a fixed bamboo parasol and a steady supply of cheap cold coconuts. Not the nicest swimming beach though as it had quite a current and got deep very quickly.  Nice view though. Bought cheap blanket here for NZ from lady with no teeth.
We headed back to the homestay and gave back in the bike , Gav was starting to feel a bit poorly and after we went for dinner he got progressively worse, the worst I’d ever seen him. Full on fever, the works. Filling him full of fluids and painkillers we had our room extended so we could leave for the airport as late as possible for our 4 pm flight. On arrival into the domestic terminal we spotted a doctors/quarantine office and five mins later and 35,000 RP ($2.60/£1.80) lighter he appeared with some antibiotics and stronger painkillers. We really could have done without travelling that day as he was so poorly. On getting into Bali for our flight to Sydney we also had to wait an additional six hours just to drop our bags for our 1 am flight with Air Asia.
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Time to go…to wait in departures.
In all one of our worst days travelling so far…..and it got worse….

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