Sick and Alone in the Gili Islands

Imagine this – picturesque white sandy beeches, a chilled-out mellow atmosphere amidst a backdrop of volcanoes and blue ocean. Now imagine being here with the flu :(  I already know that I will look at this week as one of the low points of my trip – I’m on Gili T, staying in an uncomfortable, overpriced bungalow and am trying to recover in my room between the mosque loud speaker, rooster calls and drunk partiers staggering by at all hours of the night.

Autumn returned home 3 days ago, after an incredible month-long journey together. There is so much to say about the our time together, but I’m afraid this blog isn’t the appropriate forum.  I am finding IMG_1369myself a little lost and lonely at times, getting used to being alone again and not having a constant companion. Compound this with being sick in a country where aspirin and ibuprofen are illegal and you’ll find one grumpy Keith. I think the pace that we had been traveling at, coupled with the anxiety of parting was more than my body could handle. I’ve slept for about 16 hours a day for the past 2 days and am hoping I can muster the energy to take the 7am boat off the island tomorrow to a coast town where I can find a more comfortable place to lay my weary head for a few days. 

Once I can see straight I will update everyone on all things Bali and get some amazing photos posted.

One thought on “Sick and Alone in the Gili Islands

  1. So sorry to hear that you got so ill. Bummer is the understatement. It is so hard to navigate another country’s health care system, esp when they don’t always relate to what you are saying. Hope that this message finds you in better health.
    Or maybe you should have a piece of chocolate. It may be temporary, but it does make you concentrate on the moment.

    We just got back from China. I saw Dave Cai and his wife Caroline in Beijing. He seems to be doing well, now working for Volkswagen. He even studied German: studying German in China while doing business in English is impressive. They have bought an apartment (which in China means that you are leasing it for something like 70 years and can sell it to another person, but you do not own any of the land it stands on). Dave actually drives in Beijing, which is like driving in a video game, although once we could actually watch the traffic, we realized that they don’t drive as fast as I thought I was going.

    Hope the dawn finds you better and more comfortable with just being with yourself. Take care.

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