a memorable week!
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August 10th, 2009 – by: littleharrison
On Tuesday, I arrived in Gili Trawangan, so exhausting yet fun. When I stepped my foot in Gili Trawangan, I was so fascinating by the scenery. The island was so beautiful..
But I felt like a stranger in my own country. Guess I was the only domestic tourist there. This August was so busy, really really lots of foreign tourist! Hard for me to got a place to stay for two nights, and I ended up in a not-really-nice place to stay and salty water for shower. I had to take it as the part of my trip. I couldn't expect everything always going well because thing doesn't always work according to plan.
This island was so peaceful. No cars, no motorbikes, only bycycles and cidomos. You can smell the fresh air, feel the sun, walk safely, enjoy the scenery, splendid! Also you can snorkel, dive, eat, party, have fun! No wonder this island is so famous with its beautiful scenery and everynight party.
I did my first snorkel experience there. So challenging, but I got souvenirs. I hit the reef and my knee, my calf, my sole, my little finger were wounded. Haha I don't know why I always hurt myself! Weird! But you would never learn if you didn't make a mistake. :)
Famous on the island, Tir Na Nog an Irish Bar. Every Wednesday night, party in that bar. Luckily, I got my Wednesday night there, so I came and stopped by for awhile. Gees!! So busy and ooww where was I? hahaha... I saw a competition, drank beer from a mask.
I wasn't partying there, instead I sat and drank in another bar near Tir Na Nog. Enjoyed full moon, talked to the bartenders, Eldin -if I'm not mistaken- and Indy, and tried my very first mushroom and weed! :D Anyway, the bartender told me that before 2008, anyone could easily and freely smoked weed, drank/ate mushroom there. But the cops did an operation in 2008, so today, it's not that easy and free anymore. But trust me, mushrooms are still everywhere!!! haha..
Gili Trawangan is a place for you to relax, quit for awhile from your routines. I just made a few friends there, British (a guy I'm so sorry I can't remember his name was, Haylie, Natalie, Andre), Belgian (Sebastian), and Dutchman (Remy), because I thought people who came to that island came in a group of people and already had plans to do. While me? I just went with the flow.
I left Gili Trawangan on Thursday morning. Met another domestic tourists from Jakarta and Bali, named Dimas, Aris, Emil, and Kadek. We traveled together to Bali. Sat in the taxi full of people, slept in the little mosque and burned our skin on the boat, haha unforgettable.
Hello Bali on Thursday night! I stayed at Tunjung Bali Inn in Kuta. The place was so beautiful, I didn't expect a good place like this with a very cheap ammount to spent, 100.000 IDR/night for single. And later, this place would leave a very good memory for me.
First night, I really hate myself because my mind was still trap in Jakarta thought about something useless.
Friday, I went to Ubud. Ubud was a nice place but I thought the people, local people, were not so nice with domestic tourists.
Uluwatu beach for the next day. Josh gave me a ride. My first exprience ever rode a motorbike with a foreigner. Cool! :D While Josh surfed, I sat in a cafe. Met Tosca -a local person-, Jean -a Russian but has been living in Indonesia for 20 years!-, Bruce and Peter from Australia. Josh found a little cave there, it was beautiful. Enjoyed sunset at Kuta Beach on our way back to Kuta. I love sunset. Funny I realized that when the sun goes down, you can find a lot of domestic tourists, but when the sun is on the top, it's hard to find them.
For dinner, Josh told me that Mexican food is so tasty. So I tried it. Yes it was so delicious. I tried Vegetarian Enchiladas. Yummy... Thanks Josh, you were right! We walked down the street in Legian, sat in front of the temple. Still full moon, lovely Saturday night. Josh really a nice guy, so easy to talk to him, adaptable, hilarious, always cheer me up, and I learnt a bunch of new and meaningful things from him.
Sunday lovely Sunday. Josh, Zbyszek, Ewelinka -Zbyszek's friend-, and I went to Dreamland. I thought Dreamland was more beautiful than Uluwatu Beach.
Ewelinka had a same camera with me, Canon EOS 400 D. Wooww I missed Nona, I didn't bring her on my trip.
My last day in Bali.. We spent it with ate lunch together. And funny all of us ate rice for lunch, so we had to use spoons. But instead of used spoon, they used fork. They said it's not usual to use spoon for eating rice. :D Ahh, I forgot to tell about my watch, classic Casio calculator. My watch always be the one to talked about, all the way from Gili Trawangan 'till Bali, anyone who talked to me always like my watch.
I spent my last day with Josh at Kuta Beach, meanwhile Zbyszek, Ewelinka, and Edward went to monkey forest. We talked about anything. We both were glad we met each other. Seems We've known each other for years. We thanked someone, because of him we met. :)
Different person, different personality and mentality. That's what you can learn when you meet someone new. Learn not to be selfish, learn about someone else. We are all different, but unite. Respect each other is all you have to do. It's all good for all of us. I was so glad I had an opportunity to met and knew Josh, Zbyszek, Ewelinka, and Edward. Bali will always be beautiful for me, and it wouldn't be the same Bali without them. I hope we can meet each other and can be all together again someday.
This trip was so amazing. A lot of things I did for the first time. I could feel a very good vibe. I was so grateful I had the chance. I didn't buy anything but priceless experiences, good moments, beautiful stories, precious lessons, and endless happiness!
As for me, this trip was just the beginning. I wouldn't know my own limit if I didn't travel somewhere. I could overcome my self-ego and learn how to survive and adapt in different kind of situations by traveling alone. Another important thing is traveling is journey of life quest. That's why I really want to see the world, because the world is like a book, if you only see one place, means you only read a page.
See you around. :)
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