Good Gilis


164_6445-4.JPGIts always nice when you’re looking forward to a place and it far exceeds your expectations. Such is the case with Gili Air. One of the three Gili Islands off the coast of Lombok, Gili Air is like the other two in that it is a small island surrounded by a lagoon and reef and subsists on tourism and farming. There are no motor-vehicles on any of the islands and aside from the two bicycles I’ve seen, only horse-drawn carts ply Air’s sandy paths. We found a nice bungalow here, which in my opinion is one of the nicest sub-10 dollar rooms we’ve had on the entire trip (and under-10 bucks is where we stay 80-90% of the time). Nestled in a coconut grove with a few others and only 50 meters or so to the beautiful ocean, I’m pretty happy with our place. After ten days of roughing it across Flores, we came to the Gilis to do nothing; sleep in, lay around in hammocks, swim/snorkel, take a walk, eat well, etc. So far, we’re on task. Yesterday we did pretty much nothing after arriving, just a big lunch and even bigger seafood dinner split by a few hours of sitting at the beach and our bungalow. Today was: breakfast, relax for a couple hours, swim, lunch, swim, attempt to use the one internet place on the island (we gave up after ten-minutes, at which point Google’s homepage was half-loaded), relax some more, and finally an excellent fresh seafood dinner. On tap for tomorrow morning is either a walk around the island or some snorkeling. Decisions, decisions…Once it gets too hot, I think we’ll begin our afternoon of sitting around and talking at the beach or our bungalow. Nice room, beautiful beach, tons of seafood, cheap, what more could I ask for?

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