Quality over Quantity

Our stay in Lombok was cut short as the anchorage was incredibly rolly – more rolly than Maurole (dubbed Morerolly) and Namrole (Damnrolly) put together. Such a shame as we were really looking forward to exploring the island.

 

A drummer fromvthe gamelan orchestra at the Lombok welcome
 
  

Sunday streetscape at Medana Bay
 
The two days and nights we did spend there were really enjoyable and in the end it was a question of quality over quantity.

 

The only way to travel!
 
Everything at Medana Bay was incredibly well organised. The owner of the marina /hotel/restaurant Peter and his son Adam had set up a travel desk for rally participants and as well as all the usual services such as diesel, laundry etc, they helped rally members obtain spare parts and even organised a temporary boom made out of bamboo for one of the yachts.

 

Medana Bay, Lombok
 
There was a very good restaurant that was well stocked with cold beer and served delicious food at good prices. There was also a very good little store that sold frozen meat, cheese, milk, good bread, beer, eggs and a few vegetables. Great for a bit of a stock up of fresh food, particularly for those who don’t have a freezer.

The conference centre at Medana Bay Marina

To get to the the nearby town you could walk, hire a car or best of all take a pony and trap which is of course what we did. It was great fun trotting down the road with the harness bells jangling and the little pony hurrying along.  

 

Such a cute little fellow
 
The pony was very well looked after – plump for a pony in a developing country – immaculately shaped hooves, brushed mane. When we stopped to use the ATM the driver lifted the harness and held it off the pony’s back to test it and cool it down. So good to see!

 

Part of the Gamelan Orchestra
 
 
The local people loved the show too!
 
The festivities were brilliantly organised by Peter and his team. They were all ready to go and had to wait while the audience, used to editing for upwards of an hour to get started, wandered in, bought drinks and finally settled down.

 

Beautiful drum!
 
 
The drummers danced too
 
There was a fabulous gamelan orchestra with drums, symbols, gongs and flutes as well as loads of gamelans.

 

Cymbal players
 
 
This little girl reminded us of Hannah as a little girl – loving every minute of the performance! She will be a dancer for sure!
 
After a loud and rumbustious introductory piece of music a group of dancers appeared, looking enchanting in extravagant costumes in the most beautiful colours which if we put them together would be considered clashing but looked amazing on them. 

 

Beautiful dancers
 
The dancers led us to a very smart conference centre, with the band bringing up the rear, where we watched a promotional film on Lombok.

 

The dancers lead us to the conference centre
 
As we came out of the conference centre, again with band playing, we were greeted with the sight of upwards of forty women with colourful bowls on their heads. 

 

Sahar and his son
 
Each of the local villagers had prepared a wonderful dinner to share with two or three of the rally participants.

 

Rally participants enjoying the picnic
 
Rugs and tarps were spread on the ground in two long lines and we sat down wherever we wanted to eat dinner. A lovely man named Sahar invited us to sit with one lady who we later discovered was his wife and we enjoyed a beautiful meal of rice, green vegetables, fish, and cassava. 

 

Sahah’s wife and son
 
Sahar spoke wonderful English so it was great to be able to chat to him and his wife (with Sahar’s translation).

 

One of the dancers
 
 
Yes Jonathan was picked to dance!
 
What a memorable day! Our stay in Lombok was short but it was oh so sweet!

And so was I!

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Salty tales from Bali Hai

In 2015, after a break from cruising of almost 30 years, my husband and I sailed off into the sunset - this time to the wonderful Islands of Indonesia and beyond. Three years passed and we swapped sails for wheels driving through Scandinavia and Europe in a motor home. Now we are on the brink of another adventure - buying a Lagoon 420 Catamaran in Athens. This is our story.

5 thoughts on “Quality over Quantity”

  1. The dancers and performers look amazing – such beautiful costumes, and such ornate instruments too. The gamelin orchestra must have been wonderful bot the to watch and listen to. It all looks much more sophisticated than on the smaller islands you visited, and I imagine the whole island looks much more developed, especially in the areas visited by tourists. It sounds as if you really enjoyed your brief stay there – a shame you couldn’t stay for longer. But you can only put up with that amount of rolly-ness for so long!
    I hope your three days at sea have gone well – it’s been very tiring, I’m sure. We’re looking forward to hearing all about it, and your next port of call, soon!
    Lots of love
    Julia
    XX

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