Friday 15/08 - Tuesday 19/08
After we had secured our accommodation we decided to reward ourselves with some complimentary coffee. We sat around the communal bench where we met some interesting folks...
Nate and Conor -Irish lads teaching in South Korea
Jamie - English Chemistry student
Caro - English student (one of the boys found her rather intriguing- not mentioning any names...)
Gill - Calafornian au pair working in Oz
Jesus look-a-like whose name no-one ever knew...
As we became better acquainted with our new found friends, it was soon revealed that there was a superhero among us - Not only was Jamie a Taylor Lautner doppelganger by day, he was also discovered to be a highly evolved scientific genius by night, known as...Captain Chemhead!!! As we slowly peeled away the layers, we discovered that he had blown up a lab, schooled the heads of a multi-million company on chemistry, his theme song was Galvanize by Chemical Brothers and he is possibly responsible for the hole in the O-zone layer.
Another talented individual in the group was Nate who fancied himself as a bit of a wordsmith! He had been keeping a record of his trip. As an added treat, we gathered around the table for story time as Conor read a passage from the trip thus far. It was rather entertaining and we all really enjoyed taking a sneak peek into the inner psyche of an typical Irishman's mind.
That evening we gathered our group together and went to a nearby food market for some dinner. The market was great - filled with local, cheap food. We shared a plate of delicious noodles and satay chicken as we sat upon a windy deck overlooking the beach and the ocean.
As we neared the backpackers we could hear yells of excitement and as we entered we were met by loads of people drinking and playing 'Flip Cup'. We immediately got roped in and after a few practise attempts, chose our teams, joined the row and prepared ourselves for the start. It was an intense race to the finish as skill and composure were matched against speed and downing ability. After some stressful excitement was endured we decided turn it down a few notches and challenge the Irish boys to a game of darts. We hadn't played in ages but trusted that our childhood training at our coastal holiday house in Mazeppa Bay would pay off and we would win the game. We decided to make it a best of three and the losers would buy the winners a drink of their choosing. The stakes were high and the pressure was on!!! We punished them and it stung like sunburn on their milky-white skins! (Nate actually was sporting a sunburn on his back that closely resembled a country on the world map). Victory was sweet but the fancy cocktail that was owing to us was going to be sweeter!
We went out to check out a little Irish bar along the main strip but had an early night as we wanted to save ourselves for the beer pong tournament scheduled for the the following evening!
Sunday 17/08 - Indonesia Independence Day
Monday 18/08It was another beautiful day on the island and as some people (Roxy) did not get too much sleep the night before - as they chose to watch the sunrise instead, it was geared up to be a relaxing beach day on the super comfy red bean-bag chairs.
Once again we got the boys involved and got them to do a little 'James Bond' walking-out-the water style shoot...
But all in all, I think Daniel Craig would be proud:)
Alex was really our knight in shining armour. Although he had planned on still staying a few more days on Gili T, he came with us to the airport in Lombok to see us off safely. We arrived at the airport and went to quickly check-in. But there was a problem...as we had hurriedly booked our flights, we had accidentally only booked one check in bag. This meant that our combined bag weight had to add up to 23kg. As we were too stingy (and didn't have any extra cash on us) to pay the extra money to check in two bags, we hurriedly started unpacking our main backpacks into our handy washing bag (to check in as hand luggage) in a desperate attempt to drop kgs. We wore our jackets and boots and gave Alex some things we didn't really need (like mosquito nets). We eventually got it down to 23.5kg and as we were causing such a delay in the line (yes, we were those people), they let us off the hook and checked in our bags at 500grams over the limit!
We had our last cup of coffee with Xander and wrote final postcards (which Xander would post for us and which would only arrive once we were already back home) before saying a very sad farewell to our hero!
Our flights were extremely tightly booked and we had no more than a 20 minute wait in the airport between each flight. Luckily there were no delays and we arrived back in SA safely after a 36 hour journey.
Wow! What a feeling to finally be home!