Turtles and inappropriate dress
Trip Start Jun 26, 2008
103Trip End Jun 2009
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We paid the driver and three local people used the opportunity to hitch a ride. One teenager was thrilled to practice his English and told Rich that Gili Meno was full of monkeys. He must have dined out on the gullibility of tourists for days as they are NO monkeys there.
On arrival at Gili Meno we donned our packs and walked until the path ran out and eventually found our hotel. he rude manager tried to claim we had booked 3 rooms instead of 2. He put Kingsley and I in a room with leaking roof and would not move us to the other room at the same rate despite the fact that we had supposedly been offered all three rooms at the same price!
Rich decided to walk around the island at about midday. We decided it was much too hot and instead went to get masks for snorkeling. By the time he returned (sheepishly admitting that it was more than a 30 min walk) it was late enough to go snorkeling. We were pleased to discover that there was decent reef and life directly in front of our bungalows. T
We figured the island was too small to get lost, so took the"road less traveled" for our first sundowners. After a rather windy back road passing chickens and children paying in sandy yards and rather bleak saline lake we arrived just in time to catch the sunset. Sitting on raised platforms with G&Ts and a spectacular sunset over the Volcano on Bali, we decided we had found a true island paradise for Richard.
The next few days were taken up with- sunrise over Lombok,pancakes and coffee, snorkeling, visiting the baby turtles in the sanctuary,wandering past the beaches strewn with skimpily-clad loved-up honeymooners,afternoon naps, more snorkeling, sunset over Bali with spring rolls... and walking home by moonlight. The excessively skimpy dress of the other tourists was exemplified by an Australian couple in their seventies with a generous portion of leather-covered fat rolls. He wore a red string g-string and she wore a blue one. There was also a Russian girl who wore only asee-through white t-shirt and g-string knickers no matter time of day or night.
After three nights we had had enough of salt water showers and we ready to head back to civilization and excited to be heading to Komodo and the Mona Lisa. While waiting for the ferry we discovered that the young Russian thought that wearing a see-through white t-shirt bra-less was also appropriate for travel- at least for the ferry she decided on shorts instead of the usual g-string!!