Medana Bay, Lombok Island, 15-18/9

We sail from Badas Port to Lombok 13-14/9. It was a tough sailing with wind in the nose and up to 30 knots. We were tacking al day long and the next day also. Motor main and jib or staysail. We were close to getting on the reef because navionic map wanted us further into the bay. We change course in the last minute. We were exhausted after dropping anchor in the nice Medana bay. We relaxed on Alexandra the rest of the day. The next day we took the dingy in and pay for anchoring and laundry. Also handed over to gas bottle to be field up during the day. We walked to the village and saw the destruction the earthquake had done. Poor people. Yet they want to make a party for us sailor. Amazing. In the evening, we had music from the sailors on Moonshadow and Florian on Esberanza, at the marina restaurant. We were getting good food when we were called on from SV Jeanne Marie that we were drifting on to them. We had to go to the dingy fast and out and move Alexandra.

16/9 Tour to Elephant park with Lisa and Sven. Lars tried first to get some money from the one ATM that worked. He did get some on MasterCard but not enough. We had to pay for the visa extension today and cash is the only way here so good we could borrow from Lisa. On the way to the park we could see the destruction in the villages we past. The park, that holds only Indonesian animals except to hippopotamus, was not effected by the earthquake. We bought a ticket each including 3 course lunch for 100000 IDR=44.58dkk=6.89USD.

17/9 Lars is up early for to go to work on the project for building pre school started by Kimi and Trevor on SY Slow Flight. He took the donations with him to deliver at the marina. He came home after 4-5 hot hours working with making water connections to the toilet. In the afternoon the locals march in, invite us al sailor for a meal on the lawn and give us a song and dance show that was very impressive. Kimi and Trever were dressed in local clothes and Kimi hold a short speech in Indonesian.

18/9 Sailing to Trewangan island, Gillie Islands for motor because no wind. After getting a mooring boy we and Sven went in with the dingy to get an ATM, top up and check out the place. As we had heard there were a lot of backpacker/young people on the island and nice cafes, bars and restaurants along the waterfront. The destruction after the earthquake was easily seen here also but not as bad as Lombok. In the evening al for of us had good food at a fish restaurant (lobster) and a marvellous view. It was the first night they had opened after the earthquake and we were there first guests. We had and excellent meal in the sunset.

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