So Much Fun & Relaxing On Gili Trawangan

Trip Start Oct 09, 2007
Trip End Aug 01, 2008

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Well, I think this is going to be the hardest journal entry I have written yet. To be honest, I have been having so much fun doing "nothing", I havent had time to write in my journal. This is going to be the "summary" of our Gili T experience. I dont think its possible to put into words.... I guess I can start by giving the basic, daily routine:

We wake up to free breakfast at the pool. I usually stay a bit longer around the pool, swimming and sunbathing, while Mathew goes off to play KoRumbel.

Ok, Korumbel. I really have no idea on how to spell it. But, in any case, Mathew is addicted to it; and when he cant be found, he really can: at the Korumbel table. The Korumbel table is a permanent wooden ficture in the "middle" of town, just next door to our hotel. :D (see pictures) Anyways, the best of the best is a 70 year old man and a 3 year old child. no joke. And boy, do all the locals just LOVE it that Mathew loves their game! It like pool (but dont say that out loud), with your fingers instead of a cue stick. Its a square box, with holes in each corner. You are supposed to flick the white disc to hit the colored discs into the holes. If you lose you get white chalk put on your face. HAHAHA. Rules alternate and such... You should have seen Mathew with his chalked up face, but he wore it with pride and got better every day. Not only did he gain respect of many locals, but we gained many friends through it too. It didnt seem that any other tourist was ever interested in such a game... Mathew definatly earned his stripes, when they made him go alone into the village to search out the powder needed to play the game. Bravo Mathew for getting it with speed! ;D heehehehehehheehhehe So, thats Korumbel.

Right across the road road from Korumbel, was the Trawangan Bar, also known as 420 Bar. They had cheap local drinks and pretty good local dishes.

Everytime someone would ask them the time, at the bar, they would either say, "4:20" (because they were smoking a spliff) or "4:19", (because they were rolling a spliff).
I swear, really funny when you are there!! ;D And i thought it quite odd, that people would genuinely be asking these guys the time! Frankely, I wouldnt even be able to tell you what day of the week it was. I didnt want to know.

We would then get on our bicycles (we rented them for almost our entire stay) and would roam around and stop at random places: hammocs strategically placed on the beach,

at really neat restaurants/chill spots (everything was open aired, and some "tree-house like", with great seafood and cheap beer) and also just around to say hello to new friends. We even rode around the entire island to get some private beach time in. LOVED IT. One of the beaches we found, the water was SO warm, we couldnt believe it: like, warmer than bath water. Surreal. Definately the warmest ocean water we have EVER experienced.

Some days, we would hit a movie on the beach. It was really quite cool. They had these little cabanas with TV/DVD players. You just had to buy $3/person worth of food or drinks and you can watch a movie or play playstation games!!!! Yeah. TOTALLY COOL. It was really a neat experience.

For dinner, almost every restaurant/bar had an extravagant showing of fresh caught seafood on display for dinner.

We would walk up and down the road, picking which gigantic squid or prawn we would devour for our meal.

All were beachside dining, some stretches of beach laced with tiki torches while your table was literatly 2 feet above the sea, others had huge projection screens showing 2 movies/ night that everyone would gather around, while munching away on fish or the local dishes.

Also, I would like to mention that everywhere, throughout the day, had the best local fresh fruit juice! You can order watermelon juice, lime juice, apple juice, you name it and they cut it up all right there for you fresh. SO delicious. Even if you order a vodka lime juice, be prepared to have 7 limes in your glass!

After dinner, we would most likely end up at Rudy's Bar. We may have eaten dinner there even. Now, its at Rudy's bar where we made REALLY good friends. Those bartenders were a RIOT. No one around that is like them. Pure entertainers to the end. Our friends from the bar were Hari P, Howard, and Noodle.

A few other guys as well, but these guys we would talk to for hours on end. Every bartender here could spot your nationality from some distance, call out to you in your native tongue and make you swear up and down that they could speak your language. Of course, they know quite a lot in about 8 different languages but not perfectly. IMPRESSIVE to say the least. They had the most hilarious one-liners out there too. They would even do a handstand to make you smile- and they did :D. They even enjoyed me as DJ of the bar, letting us play our Ipod for the entire evening. They stole our hearts, though, as GREAT dancers!!

They would lip synch to almost every song and even have a dance routine that looked quite correographed! Hahaha. Our favorite song of their's, was a local Gili Tra La La song, called "Welcome To Our Paradise", by Steven Coconut. Makes me smile just thinking about it.....
Some friends know, that i am practicing my glow poi while travelling and really wanted to master those "full circles", well, Noodle taught me! I got it down! I even got a few more tricks in there. So, with some practice, I will get Mathew to record a small video of me. :D
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