Nusa Lembongan

It’s crazy to think I’m almost done with my trip in South East Asia. It’s crazy how the time feels like it has both flown by and slowly crawled.
I find myself in Nusa Lembongan for the finals days of my adventure; what a place to end my trip.
The beaches are stunning. The water is breath taking. And the people are super friendly. I have swam with mantra Rays, snorkeled in one of the best places in the world, received a wonderful massage, and read my book by the beach. Lembongan is everything I thought and hoped it would be (which says a lot because I was really looking forward to this island). I’m staying in this beautiful bungalow with a view, less than ten seconds from the beach. I’m sad I only have three days on the island, but I cannot wait to go back home.

Today I spent a good portion of my time on the beach; gotta make sure I’m tanner than my sister when I get home (love you Kenz;).

My pictures don’t capture just how lovely this island is!

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Canggu, Bali

Spent two nights in a small town north of Kuta where the people were friendly, the food was good, and beach was beautiful. I ate in restaurants next to rice paddies, and helped with the local beach clean up. I also had the amazing chance to met the owners of Rojos Breakfast Corner. These ladies were amazing. I asked them for advice on cheap lodging, which they not only gave me, but also let me borrow their bike for free. Throughout my whole time in Canggu the owners at Rojos gave me advice and great company. It is obvious how much they love their job and meeting new people. If you’re ever in Bali I would highly recommend checking them out!

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Kuta, Bali part 2

I have now visited Kuta, Bali twice. The first time after arriving from Singapore, and now after Kuta, Lombok. Kuta is busy, touristy, and a bit stifling. I was very lucky to find an amazing guesthouse, Gong’s Corner, that is not only very cheap, but clean and the staff are incredibly friendly. I surfed for a couple of days with the couple I met in Kuta, Lombok before they flew to Yogyakarta and I went to Canggu, Bali.

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Kuta, Lombok

Spent five nights in Kuta, Lombok, Indonesia and it was amazing. Met a great couple from Switzerland after asking them about the wifi, and proceeded to spend the rest of the week surfing and hanging out with them. The five days were spent surfing, eating, and crashing my motorbike. Thankfully both the bike and I emerged with little damage. Officially welcomed to the stupid tourist club!

I am so lucky!

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Gili T

Pancakes; forever, as long as I live, I will always think pancakes when I think of Gili T. Starchy, runny, flavorless pancakes with condensed chocolate milk and cinnamon.

Gili T is a very small island off the coast of Lombok in Indonesia. V, N, and I went to Gili T for two days to enjoy the beautiful beaches and fantastic snorkeling; neither disappointed. We took a two hour ferry from Bali to Gili where we had a group (pod? I speak good English) of Dolphins join us for part of the ride… It was amazing! An uncountable amount of Dolphins were swimming next to the boat, some jumping not five feet from my window. After our amazing journey, we disembarked to hordes of local men calling and flirting with us “Room?” “I have cheap room” “ohh beautiful butterfly, I give free massage”. Thankfully the Dolphins put me in a good mood and I didn’t bite their heads off:)

( interestingly enough the last comment exemplifies two experiences unique to Indonesia: the men here are by FAR the flirtiest men I’ve encountered in South East Asia, and the people here love tattoos. Many times some one has complimented my tattoo as I walked down the street)

We walked for what seemed like ages and found ourselves at La Boheme hostel- land of all you can eat pancakes, all day long. The hostel had a good vibe, unlimited pancakes (did I mention the pancakes?), and we decided we would stay despite the slightly higher cost ($11.50 a night).

On Gili we enjoyed some diving (left more to be desired despite the turtles), some snorkeling (really amazing, saw fish bigger than me!), and stomach aches induced by the pancakes we ate for breakfast, lunch, and snacks before buying real food for dinner. The night market was also pretty amazing.

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