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Published: August 26th 2012
After 2 months of travelling we had become a little tired, especially mentally; what's next, where to go now, how etc... The planning was always being pushed forward due to time lack but at a certain point you have to get going, again. Sometimes you wished it had all been planned ahead, but it wasn't !!! So, only thing to do was to find some hidden energy and move on. We still wanted to see some parts in the South of Bali, so we rented ourselves the ground floor of a private house (with pool) in Jimbaran. Here we were welcomed by Maddie ( Indonesian) and Paul (French) and their dogs! Here we could laze the days away by the pool; we had a kitchen to use, seperate bedrooms, equipped living room (televison etc, wifi). The house was laying a bit away from the main road in Jimbaran, a 20 min walk from the beach.
Every morning Maddie prepared us a lovely and huge breakfast with eggs and toast and fruit. Nice after a few weeks of banana pancakes. We enjoyed the pool every day, mostly after a morning activity, while Ask was having a nappy.
We went to
the nice beach of Jimbaran, extremely quiet in the mornings, except for the weekends quite visited by the locals. There you could order any kind of fish and seafood at one of the beach restaurants. Instead we took off to the fish market a km or 2 further away. We heard it was not that far, walking distance, so we left the beach around 11h30, it was hot and we kept on walking and walking... That's how it goes often when you explore a place, we were definatly not walking back... But it was worth the walk, lots of fish and only locals... We bought fish for the coming days!!! And it was very tastefull, Bonito, huge tiger prawns, Marlin, squid... And all this for a ridiculous low price, so low we thought we didn't hear well and for once ( 😊) we didn't see the need to bargain!
We rented 2 scooters to drive the road to the south, visited the Uluwatu
temple, perched high on a cliff over the ocean. Beautifull views. Back up north, we wanted to see thé surfers place at Uluwatu beach. A village build up the cliff, one after the other surfer bar
with view over the magnificent waves rolling in. Lots of surfers but not the place to be with 3 young children. We moved on to Padang
beach, also surfing place, but not for the diehard surfers, and more importantly; swimmable!
Our host, Paul, was also a surfer and he was always surfing at Balangan beach. I didn't want to go there because swimming was impossible so I rather stayed at the pool with Ask and Liv while Jesper and Skye went to admire the surfing people of Balangan. I think that's where Skye got a little bit inspired and the next day he was out on a body board with his dad at Jimbaran. He had a great time in the water and if he ever becomes a surf fanatick, we now where it all started...
Jimbaran was a very nice break for us. Having a spot for ourselves, cooking our own food. This is also where we decided to extend our visa and unfortunately, not move on to Brunei (spijtig Els en familie) and Borneo. This was because of several reasons, but mainly financial reasons and also mentally we wanted to take it easy during this last
month. Thank you Maddie and Paul!
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