Gili palmtree and coral reef

21 Jul

We are on Gili Air in Indonesia and I don't have a care in the world. Time passes unnoticed, one day, five days, ten days and have we really been here already for more than two weeks?

There is an ocean that stretches out of sight. A cloudless sky. And twice daily the ice cream seller nips through the palm trees, accompanied by waves crushing on the sand and a small radio fastened to the top of his ice box. This is picture-book tropics.

There are no cars nor dogs on the island. A few horse-drawn charts make their daily rounds on the sandy tracks. Tourists pleased with life lean out to photograph the chickens who scramble across the road and the sunburned children who drift around like cheerful drunks in the waves.

After the morning swim, I read and read and read and it is time for snorkeling. I see no turtles, but I have already seen four and there is enough underwater wonders to keep me floating for a long time.

When the time comes, the sunset is bright pink and I watch it while I jog on the hard sand by the edge of the water. It is a starry night. After dinner we walk through the small village back to our bamboo hut and snuggle down with each our novel and all I can hear from outside are the waves and I have another attack of happiness and this is all to saccharin to share which is why I have not blogged from this island before, but there you go, I just did.




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4 Responses to “Gili palmtree and coral reef”

  1. danielle & David Robinson 21. Jul, 2013 at 15:40 #

    Thank you for the photos of this paradise island! You certainly know where to find the best places for La dolce vita! We enjoy sharing your news! Much love, Danielle & David

  2. Elisabeth 23. Jul, 2013 at 12:08 #

    çà a l’air très reposant cette île, après avoir parcouru l’Himalaya c’est un doux repos! Avez-vous testé les massages indonésiens? J’ai d’excellents souvenirs….
    Nous partons en Autriche dan deux semaines , qui est moins exotique que votre coin de paradis, mais qui a de beaux lacs!
    Gros bisous à vous deux
    God bless you!
    Elisabeth et Patou

  3. Anni and Ben 28. Jul, 2013 at 07:29 #

    Still on Gili? 🙂
    Just back from another small island, Kanawa, near Komodo. Absolutely beautiful!

    Here’s our blog:

  4. Kari 30. Jul, 2013 at 02:04 #

    Hi Anni & Benn – yes, we’re still on Gili Air, though leaving for Singapore later this week. We actually thought of going to Kanawa, but decided in the end to stay put in the paradise we had already found. So I’m really looking forward to reading about the island on your blog – though to make sure I enjoy my last few days on Gili Air and don’t spend the time kicking myself for not venturing further east, I’ll wait until I have left the country!

    Hi Elisabeth & Patrizia – have a wonderful time in Austria! No massages on the beach I’m afraid, but the time here was definitely a welcome and relaxed change from India.

    Hi Danielle & David – happy to know you are following our trip! Have a great summer!

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