So the last leg of our trip was one in which beach time and relaxation reigned supreme and our biggest worry was where to get food and drinks during the day.
We took a flight (the water was too rough for the normal boat ride) from Bali to an island called Lombok, (which we drove across) and then boarded a boat that would land us in paradise. The name of that paradise was a motor-vehicle-free island called "Gili Air".
It was a grey day when we boarded the boat that took us from Lombok to Gili Air, but that didn't curb our excitement. The guys who drive these long boats are super skilled and I could tell Tyler, who used to work on his parent's tugboat, felt a kinship to these fellows who made everything look completely effortless.
When you reach Gili air, you are greeted by a multitude of pom-pom adorned carts being pulled by small, beautiful horses. These & rusty, fun bicycles are the only mode of transportation on the island. We rented bikes for our entire stay (at $8 for 3 days) and even spent a half day circling the entire island on them - which can be done in about 40 minutes. They made staying anywhere on the island possible, and I have great memories of moonlit rides to our beds after the sun had set and our appetite's were satiated.
Eventually, the fun had to come to an end. We packed up our things and boarded our boat to Bali to catch our plane home. It really was the trip of a lifetime. Sometimes I think spontaneity yields the most rewards. I never dreamed I would visit Bali, but when the opportunity for an adventure presented itself both Tyler and I grasped it with open hearts. Many thanks to a country who treated us so well and shared their culture, traditions, cooking and environment with us. Hopefully one day we will be able to return!
This is the end of the Bali Series. Thanks so much for keeping up! If you ever go and have questions feel free to contact me. I'd be more than happy to share some tips, tricks and suggestions.
Look forward to photos from a snowy weekend adventure that I had with a friend upon returning home to our (much colder) country, coming soon......