Having traveled in Australia for little over four months, I notice that at times I’m longing back to South East Asia. Don’t get me wrong, I’m absolutely in love with Australia. Even though every country in South East Asia presents itself with its own challenges, life does tend to be very simple which is something that I can really enjoy. In these countries there are little to no worries about how much you are spending, logistics always seem to work out and don’t cost you a fortune and the locals introduce you into a completely different way of living. Sometimes it does seem nice to live in that tiny beach town and teach scuba diving to tourists while you go out almost every night. Although, knowing myself, I would get sick of that pretty soon though.
You can probably tell my frame of mind from this little text, I’m tired! I just drove seven days, practically straight, from Perth to Melbourne. Yes, that also means I already quit that job I was talking about in my last post. A small 3400 km with a detour of about 590 kilometers to avoid the tragic fires in Esperance. A journey that can only be told as a journey through and around an abundance of obstacles. The last leg is to Tasmania, meant to be taken by ferry only to find out that the next available ferry is on the 6th of December. But enough on that as I will surely tell you the full story later.
Back to the island of Lombok. This was my shortest stint in Indonesia as I only had a few days left and wanted to visit the islands of Lombok and the Gili islands (on which I stayed exactly 24 hours). Therefore, this post is more photos than tips although I did have a good time here. I was meeting with newby world-traveler, Yannick (who has a beautiful blog and for those who speak Dutch, it’s worth a read), who had only been traveling by himself for less than a week! We went to the small scenic beach town of Kuta (not the one on Bali), went surfing at Gerupuk Bay, landing Yannick in the hospital after only the first day of surfing and a lot of motorbike riding from beach to (sometimes very polluted) beach. If you have the time, definitely make the effort to discover this island close to Bali but oh so different.