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Asia » Indonesia » Bali March 16th 2014

Tyzden po navrate z mojho australskeho tripu vyrazam na svoj posledny. Cestou domov to beriem cez Indoneziu. Zo Sydney letim priamou linkou do Denpasaru - hlavneho mesta ostrova Bali, na ktorom zacinam svoje cestovanie. V Denpasare som sa rozhodla ostat par dni a pozriet si okolie. Ako prvu som navstivila najslavnejsiu a najkomercnejsiu plaz ostrova - Kuta Beach. Kedze som sa sem vybrala v marci, teda mimo hlavnej turistickej sezony, nebolo tu vela ludi. Plaz krasna, obrovska a pokojna. Trochu sice spinava vdaka vyplavenym odpadkom, ale nebolo to az take zle. Jedine, co mi tu naozaj prekazalo boli neskutocne otravni obchodnici, ktori sa snazia predat naozaj vsetko a za kazdu cenu. Ale toto patri k Indonezii, takze som si na to musela rychlo zvyknut. Oproti tomu velmi prijemnym zazitkom boli turisti z inych casti Indonezie, ktorych ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta March 15th 2014

Our holiday in Bali continues! This week we had the chance to catch a glimpse of family life in Bali. We were very fortunate and honoured to be invited to Ane's home (Ane is the lovely lady who sells drinks on the beach and supplies chairs and umbrellas to the tourists). She has become a friend and we enjoy sitting at her place for a few hours everyday and have some good conversations. She has picked up some english just by dealing with the tourists so we are able to visit quite well. Anyway, she wondered if we would like to come to her home and visit her family. Of course we jumped at the chance. Her husband and older son (17 yrs) picked us up at the beach and drove us a few kilometres on ... read more
Youngest son playing the drum
Ulundanu Temple
Tanah Lot Temple

Asia » Indonesia » Bali March 15th 2014

As I stepped off the plane at Denpasar Airport, I noticed it is absolutely humid with 55% and it was 90 degrees with chances of rain. We were all picked up by another friend and the first thing like in all Asian countries, people DO NOT obey traffic laws. There is constant honking and merging of lanes. For anyone that tells me ALL "INSERT STEREOTYPE" ARE BAD DRIVERS...come to Bali and tell me that. The city is very poor, dirt roads everywhere, stray dogs and cattle roam around the roads. People here acknowledge them, but no one bats an eye after these animals. (see pictures) On a side note, the bugs here are huge...size of half-dollars if you know what they are. After driving around for about 2 hours, we finally reached the villa here called ... read more
Streets 2
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Streets 4

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Nusa Penida March 13th 2014

I boarded the fast ferry at Sanur to Nusa Penida, an island off Bali, upon the suggestion of a couple I met at my homestay in Ubud. They rented a villa there and thought we could spend time together. I had wanted to go to Nusa Penida and this was my big chance. The ferry is a fast, modern boat and takes 40 minutes to make the crossing, if the sea is calm. There is no pier at either end, so you roll up your pants, put your shoes in a big container, wade in and climb on the swim platform of the boat!!!! The island is green & lush, with tropical plants and flowers, white sand beaches and only one small inn, The Ring Sameton Inn, and bungalows near Crystal Bay. The Inn, where I ... read more
3 boys in a boat!
Fisherman collecting seaweed
lounge area at Ring Sameton Inn

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Lovina March 11th 2014

7 mars (Encore a Ubud...) A mon reveil, je decouvre un immense cafard pattes en l'air au pied de mon lit. Ouaip. C'est la deuxieme que je vois depuis mon arrive en Indonesie. La premiere etait minuscule et sortait de sous les chaudrons dans un restaurant de Kuta. Je me rappelle qu'a ce resto, on m'avait fait passer par les cuisines pour rejoindre les chiottes derriere. Bref. La lourde bete dont il est question ici est la, sur le plancher de ma grande chambre d'Ubud, morte de je ne sais quelle facon. Reglement de comptes probablement. Ca joue dur chez les blattes ici. Dommage que ca ne soit pas le cas chez les poulets colores aussi... car a 5h30AM, ils etaient tous a leur poste les poulets, les coqs en premiere ligne, comme la veille, a ... read more
Journee de priere
Couche de soleil a Lovina


Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud March 8th 2014

Hello again from Bali! After a few weeks of hanging out at Kuta Beach, we find ourselves into a daily routine. It's funny how even on a holiday a routine seems to develop for us! We spend the morning enjoying our patio and pool while we do our social media and phone calls to family and friends. Next, we make the 20 minute walk to our place at the beach where we enjoy people watching, reading, talking with the local people and vendors and enjoying a few beverages. I had my eyebrows plucked the other day. You can get absolutely any service on the beach. Warren even had his ears plucked!! We have a late lunch on the beach at a local stand (noodle soup, rice & veggies etc). Some days I walk across the street ... read more
Hindu Offerings
Cremation Bed
Balinese musicians

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud March 7th 2014

5 mars Je quitte le quartier touristique de Kuta ce matin, alors que je me colle sur d'autres voyageurs dans un minibus inconfortable. Le vehicule s'eloigne de Kuta en traversant la cite mouvemente de Denpasar... pour se rendre a Ubud, un peu plus au nord de l'ile. Ubud. Il parait qu'on en parle dans le livre "Mange, Prie, Aime" de cet endroit, mais bon. Comme je ne l'ai pas lu et que je ne suis aucunement influence par ce bouquin... je ne pourrai pas vous dire si on y mange, y prie ou y aime. Bref. Mais je peux vous dire qu'on y voyage par contre. ... C'est apres une bonne heure et demie de transport que je pose mon corps suant devant le portique de chez "Donald Home Stay". Aucune idee c'est qui Donald en ... read more
Fontaines sacrees

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta March 5th 2014

3-4 mars (Kuta, ile de Bali, Indonesie) On est en basse saison a Bali. Il y a trop de commerces pour le peu de touristes dans les quartiers. Les gens sont insistants: "Come my shop! Come my shop! Welcome my friend! Want Foot massage? Rafting? Look my shop!" Ca me rappelle la Thailande tout ca. Alors que je me fais dorloter sur une table de massage (5$ pour 1 heure. Qui dit mieux?) , une balinaise s'offre pour me couper les ongles pour quelques dollars... et une autre veut m'epiler la poitrine (!)... et l'autre qui veut me pedicurer aussi... tout en meme temps!! "Haircut? More handsome man with haircut." A la nuit tombee, l'artere principale s'envenime et la fete s'allume comme un feu. Chaos. La frenesie s'empare des bars et des clubs plus bruyants des ... read more
Tite grenouille
Mais qui exactement veut s'acheter une grosse quequette en bois pour ouvrir sa biere?

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Sanur March 4th 2014

Worst Boat Disembarkation Ever – more later…… Sanur, Day 1 We booked a oneway speedboat from Gili T to Sanur with Super Scoot – seemed to be the only company doing this route, which goes via Lembongan and takes 2 ½ hours. We asked around and paid 375,000IDR - prices ranges from this up to a million at our hotel (haha no, we said). Left luggage at the boat office and it was put on board for us – this was good, as it was a little bit of a climb up a ladder to get on, but only ankle-deep in the sea. You can sit outside at the back – a bit fumy from the engines and bumpy at times, but neither of us felt sick. Until we stopped at Lembongan. We hadn’t noticed that ... read more
Leaving Gili T
Our room at Laghawa Beach Inn Hotel

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta March 1st 2014

Well here we are in Bali. Hope everyone is surviving the wicked cold if you're back home. Think spring!! We had a smooth trip down to Bali from Thailand flying from Phuket to Kuala Lumpur and onto Bali in a few hours. The first thing we noticed was the humidity compared to the dry heat we experienced in Thailand. Bali is on the end of the rainy season and rains often through the night but is clear and sunny during the day. We're very happy with our Balinese style cottage hotel. The buildings and grounds are decorated in marble, carved wood and fancy concrete mouldings. The pool just outside our room is surrounded by lots of greenery and shrubs. For me it is paradise as I am a pool conisure! Our cottage is spacious, clean and ... read more
Kuta Beach
Buying shorts and getting a foot scrub!

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