personal notes on a nomadic style round the world trip.
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).
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
Gerupuk. The big thing here is the breaks…
…- to get to them you needed to hire a guy with a boat…..
Tanjung Aan, quite a nice beach. but one of the ones you had to pay for….
As you can see away from the beach it is much like everywhere else, buffalo…
Winding roads of south Lombok
We were trying to work out what beach this was…..
Fishing at Areguling Beach
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….
The following morning, my scrambled egg sandwich arrived. It was green. Pandan bread. Tasted ok, but the colour was slightly offputting
Bulls on parade!
This was a view we often encountered. coming back from the beach.
The beaches are famous for having a peppercorn shape. Looks cool and is easy to remove (well more so than normal sand.
One slight problem is that it is a bastard to walk on, yes you sink into it a bit but its also really rough on your feet!
Some cool local flowers
…the seed pods, similar to dandilions
The tourist bit of Mawun Beach- bought some coconuts- had some kid try his luck selling pineapples, price went up, then he just asked for money…
The village on Mawun Beach
I was playing with the settings on the camera, I really shouldn’t!
Mawun Beach the far end.
I think this dog had a skin problem..
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
Hanging out with some goats at Selong Beach
One of the beginners surfing beaches.
Actually quite a nice beach, yet another one to pay for.
The road to Mawi Beach
We walked along the cliffs..
to find our own private beach
complete with crabs
This little guy appeared from nowhere and stared at us for ages
..then this chap wandered by
The beach had a strong rip tide so we stayed at the edge.
this was what happened when the sea came in…
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.
It was hot and the sunbathing did not last long.
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.
In all one of our worst days travelling so far…..and it got worse….