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Gigli Islands, Lombok, Indonesia

sunny 35 °C

I'm having a deja vu... I'm in an internet cafe... sweating... which is actually strange for Indonesia. There's such a great breeze all the time from the ocean so you aren't sweating 24/7 - only when the A/C or fans don't work. Which can be often.

We have been on Gigli Trawangan for one week now and today checked into a really nice resort for 2 nights, called Pesona (thanks Jaclyn for the recommendation!). It's so we can celebrate our 5 year anniversary which is coming up next month. We're looking forward to it as our 'deluxe' room has A/C, a TV, DVD player, there's a really nice pool, an Indian restaurant (our favorite food), and a shisha lounge. Will be a nice place to round off the last few days of our time on these islands. And the kicker... my mom is treating us! So nice of her... we didn't expect that at all! Thanks mom! We love you! But of course, not just for the money ;)

Since the last time I had written, Derek finished up his Advanced Open Water course and got to do a night dive, navigation dive, nitrox dive, deep water dive (30 meters!), and photography dive. It was a busy few days for him but he loved it! He got to see several sharks, tons of fish, amazing coral reefs that stretched forever and some other really cool things that he'd be better off describing. Meanwhile, I have been living it up at the beach, walking around the town here, reading, life's been great! I had a great chat with a couple of the guys who work at our hostel, they told me they make a monthly salary of 600,000 IDR which is about $30 Canadian... he sends $20 of that home to his mother who can't work and lives off $10/month which he said is not enough... it's just unbelievable the difference in our societies, but then again, there are so many similarities... it's tough at times to justify trips like these to locals because we obviously have extra money to save and then can spend it on travel, which is a huge luxury in all cultures... but moving on with my update...

The couple from Holland we met traveling from Kuta, Lombok to the Gigli's were staying on the North part of the island so we ended up having dinner with them 2 nights in a row - first at an awesome Italian spot and afterwards we grabbed some drinks from the convenience store and sat down at the beach. The next night was their last night here so we walked up to their hotel where the restaurant is known for their amazing tapas! They did not disappoint... we sat in a little hut built above the ground and hung out for a few hours drinking sangria. We had so much fun! It was too bad they had to leave the next day, but we made them promise they have to come to PEI sometime to see us...

The next day, we rented snorkels and took advantage of the crazy current that runs parallel to the shore and started up the beach and floated down, checking out the amazing coral reefs and fish on the bottom. So cool! I was struggling though... kept kicking against the current and wore myself out pretty quickly. Plus I wore a strapless top... let's just say the fish got a show. A few times.

Yesterday was a solid beach day. Crystal clear blue skies, incredibly warm water... Derek rented snorkelling equipment again and took some pictures of the coral reefs/fish once more... unfortunately my underwater camera went a little too deep and is toast. I can't believe it made it this far! I'm hoping the pictures are ok!

We're getting a little antsy to go surfing, which is not ideal around here, so decided to head back to Southern Bali on Monday and spend the last 2 weeks traveling around and checking out some cool towns while brushing up on our stellar surfing skills (trying to get the lingo down too! haha). Derek's planning on doing his Rescue Diver course when we get there which will take about 3 days and then who knows!

Wow... almost 2 weeks left... although we aren't homesick, we can't wait to see our family and friends! This has been a long trip but worth it in every way. Our perspective on life has changed a lot and we feel much we have a much more clear sense of reality... I think it's important for both of us to have done this, especially at our age as we're making many decisions about our future as individuals and as a couple. It's just been amazing! We are definitely not ready to 'settle down' with a house, permanent job, etc. so I feel I'm pretty lucky to be with someone who feels the same way about these things as I do. We're just going about things a different way and so far, it's working extremely well for both of us! I'm also lucky I have the friends that I do, we have been friends for a long time (going on 20 years for some of us) and are all very similar in the way that no one (to date) has taken the 'traditional' route to life. It's so nice to have that support system to know you can do things differently!

So, we fly into the Charlottetown airport on August 4th at 10:55am (cough cough... in case anyone is in the area...). On the way, we stop in Seoul, South Korea for 9 hours where Derek is taking me to see his old apartment, the school he used to teach at, his favorite restaurant before we have to be back at the airport. Then we stop in Vancouver for 5 hours and Mark Yammine is hoping to make it out to have lunch with us, THEN we fly to Toronto and have a 7 hour stopover (11pm - 6am) where mom and Rick are going to pick us up and get a hotel room for us to shower as we will be traveling for 2 days straight. Ugh! Then to Montreal and finally Charlottetown! Woohoo!

I'll have a few more blog posts in the meantime!

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend :)

Laurie

Posted by lcmichael 22:47 Archived in Indonesia

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