Travel Report Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

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Travel Report Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia
one stop on Wendy's & Joe's world tour 2004/05

Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, Gili Air


Kind of travel: Travelling alone
Year of this voyage: 2004
Author's age: 30-45 years

Journal Update 12th Oct 2004 / From Bali to Gili Tranwangan, Indonesia
Hello from Gili Tranwangan
We got to this little island yesterday after first travelling by bus, slow ferry and fishing boat for about 10 hours. We had a five am start which was quite a shock to the system. The island is just as you can imagine it to be with coral sand beach and transparent blue water. There are no cars, only bikes and carts pulled by donkeys covered in bells. Our supper last night was a white snapper bbq with rice and salad. It is certainly geared up for a backpacker market with TV screens showing the latest movies in all the bars and magic mushrooms for sale in all the warungs. There are more internet cafes here on this strip than the whole of China! There are plenty of attractive people with tans.

We have found a great place to stay behind the Irish Bar, so Joe is very pleased. So pleased in fact he fell off the wagon yesterday after 11 days of no beer, due in part to reading George Best's biog. The lady in the charity shop in Stanley in Hong Kong asked him if he was George Best!

I am getting through "A Fortune Teller Told Me" by Tiziano Terzani. He travelled around Asia without catching a plane during 1993 because a fortune teller told him if he did, he would die in a plane crash. As it happened he did avoid a helicopter crash in Cambodia (spooky stuff).

Journal Update 14th Oct 2004

Still on this Desert Island, and feeling much like Robinson Crusoe. Snorkelling is great fun though and would you believe you only have to step into the ocean to see a whole other world of brightly colored fishes just like in "Finding Nemo".

We even saw some little clown fish today. I hope I get to see a turtle before we leave.

We took a pony and trap around the island today which killed 40 minutes, then watched "The Killing Fields" (Film) that really cheered me up!

The tan is coming on a treat though.

Same again tomorrow and the day after that.

Journal Update 17th Oct 2004 / Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia
Turtle Mania
I am at present experiencing what I can only think is a natural high after seeing my first turtle out in the sea. Granted it wasn't up close and I didn't get to shake his flipper but I saw two that looked like giant floating foot stools. I had a bad case of turtle envy when one of the guys on the boat got right up close and saw Mr Turtle lift his head out of the water to get air (he said he was quite cute). We have been out snorkelling for two days and have got really hooked on the sport. I am even quite keen on doing a diving course you can do a quick course in two days to 12 meters.

Yesterday we sailed around the other islands (Meno and Air) and swam quite far out at sea, the wind was quite heavy and it was pretty hard going, especially as the boat kept going off in the other direction. The reef around Gili Air is still quite good and colourful and the fish were quite interesting. But today I went further out and saw massive colourful fishes, but ALAS no turtles today. Have got a great tan though and Joe has burnt his bum, I really think his new black speedo swimming trunks are far too brief! (very German).

Last night we had a goodbye meal with a couple called Jamie and Sonia who run a bar in Adelaide Australia. They saved our bacon the other night in the pub quiz and we came joint second with two other teams. You will be shocked to hear the Joe lost the tie break drinking game, which involved eating a banana, drinking a bottle of Bintang (beer) and a shot of tequila very quickly (very 18-30 holidays!). His greed over took him and he was so keen to down the beer and tequila he forgot about the banana entirely.

Jamie tells a good story, and is a mastermind of trivia. He kept us entertained with things like "I like drinking Drambui, its like having a party in your mouth" and tales of his relative Piggy Linke, whose speciality bar trick is to dip his willy in to the beer of an unsuspecting guy when he is not looking (I think you can probably get arrested for that in England). His best story involves Russell Crowe (Film star in Gladiator) visiting his bar and behaving like a complete nit and pi**ing everyone off. To cut a long story very short he was particularly nasty to a young, gay guy glass collector, (glassy as they are called in Australia) who was roller skating around in hot pants collecting glasses. The unfortunate boy whizzed by and picked up Russel Crowe's nearly empty bottle. Russell waved madly at him to come back, but deemed the boy too lowly to speak to, so the glassy ignored him. Jamie was then called over to sort out the ensuing mess. He said "Well Russell why didn't you say to him that the beer wasn't quite finished?" To which Russel replied "Why should I have to bother with him, he's only a glassy?" So the glassy piped up to the most heterosexual man in Australia "Oh I am sorry Mr Crowe I thought you were waving at me because you fancied me!" - Which put him right back in his place.

Joseph Brilus
Joseph Brilus

Wendy Brierley
Wendy Brierley


We decided to blow the deposit for a house on a grand world tour through 2004. We booked through STA travel and put together a brief itinerary including the Far East, Australia, New Zealand and the USA. As it turned out we experienced China, Bali, Fiji and many more places in between.

We decided to end the trip with a wedding in Las Vegas (which was very memorable!) As a wedding present my brother put together an on-line travel blog for us which was a great tool for documenting our journey. This experience truly changed our lives and we encountered many fantastic people through out the world. I hope you enjoy reading some highlights of our journal!

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Well we are back off to Bali tomorrow, on the horror 4 hour ferry. The rolling waves, smell of diesel and funny fags - oh and the hard seats. Plus on the way here we had a Bryan Adams video playing all the time, interspersed with music from Shaggy (why is it that I know all the words to these songs?).

We are planning to visit Denpasar to see the ladies at "The Commitment office" for those who want to pretend they are married, but it okay it isn't really legal! They do really cheesy stuff like Mick Jagger's Balinese wedding. Joe in a sarong with lipstick? I don't think so.

Then back to the other side of the island to Lovina for a few days, to get a bit more snorkelling in and check out the dolphins at dawn. I can't ever imagine sitting behind a desk again, but I guess I have got five months left to get used to the idea!

Wendy Brierley

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