This week we continue our new segment – the Photo of the Week.
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This week we find ourselves in Senggigi on the northern beaches of the island of Lombok. Located to the east of Bali, this tropical paradise is popular with visitors from Bali and those wanting to explore the nearby Gili islands.
Photo of the week: Week Two. Taken on the beach at Senggigi, Lombok.
A series of mishaps, that were mostly my own fault, lead to this photograph. The most common tourist trap is when a cab driver says “I have a friend who…” and you end up eating in some dodgy place and regretting your life choices. Well on this particular day I committed this travel sin, without even realising it!
Jumping into the cab, we drove towards the central strip of Senggigi. I was mesmerised by the beautiful scenery of blue waters, the cliff tops, the abandoned hotels and the stretch over to Bali. Even though the cab driver was particularly chatty, my eyes were firmly stuck on the view, resulting in me simply agreeing and nodding along. Next thing I knew we had overshot our initial target of the main township, and were continuing along the main road. I turned to the fella and said ‘Where are we going?‘. To which he replies “His friends beach bar.” Surprised by this answer I asked ‘Why?’ To my shock the answer was “You agreed to it.” Oh dear!
In those moments transfixed by the view I had unknowingly agreed to visit his friends bar. Whoops! The cab turns into the dirt driveway and we stumble sheepishly out of the car. Suddenly multiple staff members are ushering us in! The place was empty. Like no one! The result was front row seats on the beach! Fearing that were going to be stuck there for hours eating horribly food we quickly ordered some drinks and said we weren’t hungry. My theory was if we could survive one drink then we could make an quick escape.
We saw the view. Vibrant orange, shades of blue, purple, mauve, lilac and gold were all splashed across the sky. The view from Senggigi looks out over the stretch of water between Bali and Lombok. The sunset over Bali is a majestic view of the volcano Mt Batur. We watched as local fisherman boarded their boats for a nighttime voyage. Watching as their little boats as they skimmed across the water. Suddenly how we ended up there wasn’t an issue. I was actually grateful. We settled in for a few rounds of cold Changi beer and spent the next hour watching the sun disappear from view.
This photo is a reminder to me that sometimes even mistakes can turn into treasured memories.