When I stepped off the boat onto the soft golden sand, the contrast between old and new was stark! A man was riding his horse & cart (a Cidomo) along the sand path whilst talking on this mobile phone, I wondered if I had stepped into a strange type of Amish community or a scene from a Western movie but they forgot to lose the modern technology for that shot! But no, this was Gili Air, where no motorised transport is allowed on the island and the only way to travel around is by horse drawn carts or bicycle! Welcome to the new 21st Century, where the old meets the not-too-fast-growing new.
When you are choosing your next holiday destination, if you want that Robinson Crusoe feeling of a deserted white sand island but the convenience of a comfortable place to stay and small choice of a restaurants, then go to Gili Meno as that describes this island to a tee!
As soon as you step off the boat, you noticeably feel it’s a quiet and relaxed island and, just like its neighbours Gili Air and Gili Trawangan, there are no motorised vehicles; the only transportation is by Cidomo (horse & cart) or bicycle. The pace here is slow, but immediately your pace becomes slower; this is the perfect island to stop time and just unwind, isn’t this something we all seek at some point in our busy lives?
I love wreck dives, it’s as simple as that. If I hear of a shipwreck which can be dived when I am visiting a country, then sign me up, I’m there baby!
If you love your scuba diving then the USS Liberty Wreck off the north coast of Bali is somewhere you should add to your diving bucket list. It regularly charts in the World’s Top 10 Wreck Dives and it’s easy to see why. On the day we dived her; a hot February Monday morning, the sea temperature was 29 degrees, the visibility easily 25 metres and the conditions were calm and relaxing – what more can you ask for in a dive?
I have wanted to see Komodo Dragons for many years now, ever since I bought a hand-carved wooden statue back in Ubud, Bali back in 2002. There is something prehistoric about them which I find fascinating, plus there is a sense of danger at the idea of being near one… after all, they have dragon as part of their name! They may not be the fire breathing dragons made famous by Game of Thrones, but they are still dragons.
On the day we had booked to see the dragons, I kept thinking “I’m going to see Komodo Dragons!”, surely this was going to be a highlight of our trip in Indonesia?
White sand beaches, cheap food, cheap beer/cocktails (oh yes, it’s possible in Indonesia!) a destination as yet unspoilt by tourism with a wonderfully relaxed vibe, the chance of seeing mantas when diving/snorkelling, this sounds like a fabulous place to hang out, but where in the world is this place?
It’s Indonesia… and it’s Nusa Lembongan!
Lembongan you say? Never heard of it... where is it? It’s only a 30 minute speed boat ride away from Bali – so now have I piqued your interest?
I was born and grew up in Bristol but moved to Gloucester fifteen years ago, however from time to time, I am still drawn to my hometown and like to try new things as a “foreigner”.
In the run up to leaving the UK to begin my nomadic lifestyle, I decided to visit a couple of places I had wanted to see but hadn’t quite yet ventured to.
But where is Bristol and what did I want to visit?
It could be considered by some (or many, depending on who you speak to), that the world is in a bit of a pickle when it comes to tolerance with other cultures, countries and religions, which is why I feel that supporting Random Act of Kindness Day this year, on Saturday 17 February 2017, is more important than ever.
What, yet another silly day to add to your calendar? Well, not really, this is actually a good one to have and one I fully endorse, especially now, when we live in a world where horrible news is a daily occurrence, where life is too busy and we can become self-absorbed and forget about those less fortunate than us. If we all did just one nice thing, one random act of kindness, if we can put a smile on someone’s face and make someone’s day, that can only be a good thing!
My challenge was to show random acts of kindness whilst travelling around the world.
By 9.05am on a Monday morning, whilst walking through the jungle of Indonesian Borneo, we had already seen a mother orangutan and her baby. We were awoken at 5am by the sounds of the dawn jungle chorus after sleeping on the roof of our Klotok, a traditional Indonesian wooden boat exclusively for us.
Today, there were no Monday blues, no disappointing thoughts that it was the beginning of the week; they had been replaced by an amazing experience that we would always remember.
So, how did you spend your Monday morning?
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