Trip Start Nov 15, 2010
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Broke my toe and am fighting an infection on the base of the broken toe. French boys left for Bali. GH is wonderful--100,000 rupiah and free enormous breakfast.
Met Marc and Marie from Quebec. Nice folks, my age. Wandering too.
This is the only Asia location I have been to where the white tourist girls come here for casual assignations with the Aisan boys. Feels kinda like Pattaya for ladies. Actually, it is a bit creepy, these guys are sharks. But everyone knows the score here--kinda fun to watch.
Having a very hard time uploading pics here. Softwarre recognition problem.
This island has no freshwater, accordingly no mosquitoes. Gili Meno --the next island over, has a mangrove swamp and a lake. Many birds, many more mosquitoes. I have been told that fortunes have been lost there by those who thought they would make a fortune developing the place.
Toe is getting worse-- nail is dying, discoloration spreading. There is no doc on this island, and a guy who calls himself a nurse handed me betel nut leaves, told me to chew them and apply as a poultice. Jungle remedy did not help, but I still have anti bacterial ointment and antiseptic soap I bought on the mainland. Must be vigilant about infection/sepsis in this climate-- can become aggressive.
My goal is to get to Penang-- English speaking docs there and world class medical. Health insurance will not pay for the transportation costs from here to Penang and I am three islands away from Jakarta, where I can get a cheap flight to Penang. Think I'll leave tomorrow (the 18th) and head that way.