As many of you may know, north Lombok and the Gili islands suffered a 6.9 earthquake on the evening of August 5th, 2018. I was on the beach having dinner and while I felt the sand shake under my feet, the table only wobbled a slight bit; the wine bottle in the centre of the table barely moved.
However, those who were near concrete buildings and brick walls in the central area had a very different experience. The Gili islands and the north of Lombok had a lot of damage and many people lost their homes and businesses. There were aftershocks for nearly a month following, but being in Eden, among the coconut palms and away from large buildings, I felt very safe.
The aftershocks have subsided and the community of Gili Trawangan is determined to rebuild and make our island safer and stronger for the future. The resiliency and optimism of the people who call Gili Trawangan home is admirable.
I’m spending a lot more time, as of late, standup paddle boarding, hanging by the beach and enjoying our tropical island. I continue to be amazed by the beauty and charm of this little island: Gili Trawangan has a way of worming its’ way into your soul.
And so 2019 begins and I am looking forward to what the new year brings.