Gili Air

No cars or motorcycles, just humans and ponies. And cats, lots of cats, many born with stubby half-tails. Gili Air (which means “water island” in Indonesian) is the smallest of the Gili Islands, a group of idyllic little lumps of sand between Bali and Lombok, Indonesia.

Gili Air-20We were lucky enough to spend 16 days wandering around this miniature paradise. Being the rainy season, there were even fewer tourists on the island than usual. It also didn’t rain all day every day, and the rolling clouds provided frequent and much needed sun breaks for Jane’s skin.

Gili Air-32The days were spent relaxing, reading, snorkeling, and swimming. The water was the most improbable-looking shade of aquamarine, and a beautiful backdrop for the many schools of tropical fish darting around in their coral homes. We were also lucky enough to see a friendly sea turtle while snorkeling in shallow water, and we swam with it for a while as small fish nibbled bits of algae from its neck (unfortunately, photo unavailable). Also, aquatic ponies:

Gili Air-17Most nights were fairly cloudy, but the ones that weren’t provided some incredible views of a gorgeous full moon and more constallations than we’ve ever seen before.

Gili Air-3Gili Air was a gem of a place, and we had a great time getting to know our vacation-neighbors while eating a beachfront breakfast every morning. The day of Jane’s 26th birthday, we went to H2O Yoga for a luxurious hour and a half of open-air yoga and stretching, and had mango-dark chocolate ice cream cones for the walk back.Gili Air-39We finished up the day with a flower-covered cake from our friends at Star Bar, a strawberry daiquiri, and some hermit crab races courtesy of our 13-year-old neighbor Celeste. The next morning we headed out early for a few days on the island of Lombok before starting our journey to the city of Ha Noi, Vietnam.

16 thoughts on “Gili Air

  1. Happy Birthday, Jane. What an extraordinarily beautiful place to spend your birthday….one you won’t ever forget. Nana is smiling down at you today. She loved being 26 so much that she decided to stay that age – which she did for 67 years.

    • Mutti. Hi Babies - This blog post was lovely and serene. Jeffrey, it cracked me up that your new bff's identified you in my favorite movie scene ever! Barb says she likes seeing you in a different shirt. Enjoy, and please be so safe. I love you.

      Hi Babies-
      A beautiful area of the world that most Americans never see. (At least not under favorable conditions!) glad all is peaceful and happy. Please be safe- we are all loving you. Mutti

      • Love you too Mutti, and we’re being very safe. Going out to a fancy dinner tonight in the French district of Hanoi, I’ll eat a croissant for you!

    • Thanks so much Aunt Gay! It was a great celebration, and I think 26 will be our best year yet, I’m glad Nana would have approved :) Love you!!

  2. Happy Belated Birthday! I would be happy to trade weather with you. After another inch overnight, the snow is winding down; now it’s time to go shovel. :)

    Love you!
    Cecile

  3. And we will also add a belated “happy birthday” to Jane, as well. Good to hear from you again, and to know that you have moved on to the next stage of your journey. We will certainly look forward to seeing you again next month (if I correctly understand the current plans). We are passing along a warm “hello” from cold Kansas through Valerie and Vernon, who will be talking with you later this evening, I believe. Take care, and continue the honeymoon enjoyment–we love you.
    Grandpa and Trish

    • Thank you so much! We just booked our flight back to the states, and we arrive in St. Louis on March 16th, and we’ll be back in KC the week after that. Very excited to see you in about a month, hopefully it’ll be warmer by then… Love you!

  4. Another beautiful place! Oh, how I envy you! Thanks for sharing your travels with us. And thank you for the postcard. It’s not often we get a postcard from Taiwan! Be safe. Love & hugs to both of you!

    Jan & Bob

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