Everything & Nothing On Gili Air

The Gilis are a group of three islands, actually closer to Lombok than to Bali. Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno are really popular for their white beaches and turquoise blue water.  I decided to go to Gili Air because it is not as party-ish as Trawangan, but still more busy than the honeymoon island Meno. In total I will have spend a whole week here. I am soon going home anyway, so I just went from lazy to the ultimate level of relaxation. The only adventurous thing I did was walking around the island which takes about 1 1/2 hours and doing a snorkeling trip. Other than that, I have been tanning, hanging out with really nice people, getting photography tipps from professionals, eating as much as I have never eaten before, strolling around and last but not least swimming in the ocean of course. Basically, I have been doing nothing and everthing since I came here and I am not mad at it.

Beach on Gili Air
Palm trees at Begadang Hostel
Graham, one of the many kittens at Begadang
Photo taken on my walk around the Island
Dead corals bleached by sunscreen in the water
Turtle on the snorkeling trip

The snorkeling trip was really nice and we got to see lots of turtles. However, some people felt entitled to touch it. I don’t know what is up with humans, but even the things we seem to cherish we end up harming instead of respecting it.  The corals around here are mostly dead due to the sunscreen of the tourists and the anchors of the boats. The horses that pull the carriages – the only mean of transport on the Gilis – are treated horribly. I bought and chopped up apples to feed them and some were terrified. It makes me sad that we still take our environment for granted and abuse our superiour position in this world. I am fully aware that I am being  a hypocrite.  Which is why I decided to go back to my meat reduced diet when I get home. Also, when it comes to food I can wait to get my hands on bread that actually keeps me full for more than half an hour.  Traveling for almost three months made me appreciate little things about my home country and decent bread is definitely one of them. I even made a small list which I am going to dedicate a whole post to. But first I am going to enjoy the time I have left as much as I can. See you when I am back in Europe, XX

Zoé

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