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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta April 24th 2011

18th April 2011. Finally pinned Joey down to come to a monkey and temple tour with me and thank God it didn't start til 3pm as we were both hung over and eager to sleep in. We had so much to drink and didn't realise and in the morning we both had patches of last night missing. We had collected a brochure when we arrived in the airport on tours in Bali. The brochure looked professional was very reasonably priced (half the price of other tours) and said our tour included an air conditioned car, guide who speaks English and included a seafood dinner by the beach at sunset. When we found our guide he was very lovely, hardworking and gentle. He didn't speak much English and the air con was blowing warm air on us ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta April 17th 2011

So we arrive at the airport next to Kuta and begin making our way through customs. We find our bags first and two guys in uniform run up to us and take our bags. I almost told them to STOP and back off but hesitated due to their appearance. Joey hesitated too and then seemed relaxed about the whole thing. I had a feeling these guys were just after a tip but decided to go along with it as they got us through customs really fast - almost too easily. Then they took up around the corner near the exit and demanded money from us - the kind of 'happy' ending I was expecting but was bit expecting them to hold out a large note and say "you must pay this one". We paid it to ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta April 17th 2011

First day of sleeping in for a while so decided not to do any tours today. Instead we decided to find our barings, work out where we are, where everything is and make plans and organise for tomorrow. After all, we both were told our plane would arrive in Danpasar, not near Kuta, at a totally different airport! We've laughed this off but it's made us a little worried for when we have to travel from Bali to Paris on the 27th. Sometimes it feels like nothing here is what it seems to be. The people here are very kind, friendly and I am warming up to them quickly. but they make up their own rules as they go. Bartering is just expected and I don't feel guilty about refusing a sale because they just smile ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta March 25th 2011

Hi, its us again and its been a while! We have been really busy and also either had no internet connection or just sunbathing so not worth reporting on! :-) You'll be pleased to know we were not affected by the tsunami but thanks for those of you to ask. Malaysia was ok and unaffected although I believe in the UK you were told we were. Anyway just a quick run down on what we have been doing and hopefully we will be able to have internet connection frequently from now on. Since our last blog we have been back to Singapore, where we met Nicole and experienced our first night in a shared room for 5 people! It was ok actually and we need to get used to it as I think we will be ... read more
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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta March 20th 2011

Hello, and welcome to my first real blog! On Thursday evening, at around 3 30pm, I left my friend and, up to that point, constant traveling companion Simon Botley in the departures lounge at Singapore Airport. The first two months of our trip had ended and we were heading in (slightly) different directions - Simon flew to Cairns, Australia, to spend a month traveling down the East coast to Sydney before spending the same amount of time in New Zealand. I flew to Bali, to spend two months in Indonesia. Exactly where, I'm not sure, but for the moment I am in a place called Kuta. More to follow on that later... Since this is my first blog, I feel that a summary of the last two months, from the time we left Heathrow on January ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta March 17th 2011

Before starting this entry we just wanted to say DON'T PANIC!! Things look different because TravelBlog has updated it's system which we're like blind mice trying to find our way around, but it appears to allow the reader to be more interactive so you can now 'like' our blogs or 'tweet' using the buttons below the entry. Don't forget that if you are already a TB user you can recommend us if you enjoy our posts! Guys we must also apologise about the delay in posting. A crazy last minute decision brought us to Australia. We have been living in Perth for a month now, and the motivation has been at an all time low to catch up on the blog. Trying to settle back into a normal routine is terrifying enough without reminiscing over better ... read more
sellers along Kuta beach
pool at our hotel
flooded streets

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta March 13th 2011

Hi everyone sorry it's been a while but we seem to have been on the move and in Countries with not much internet. After Cambodia we bussed it back to Vietnam then went back north up the coast to Hoi Anh to enjoy all the taylor shops and Indian food. They have the best Indian food we have ever tasted! After Vietnam we flew to Myanmar. it is a really interesting country,quite poor and the people are the friendliest we have ever met! We travelled from Yangoon, where we experienced the most beautiful Buddist temple with an awesome gold Stuppa that is another wonder of the world! Then to Lake Inlay to experience a more rural life living with the lake as the provider! Mandaley was another big city but it had the most wonderful old ... read more
Lake Inlay Myanmar
Lake Inlay
Canal off of lake Inlay

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta March 9th 2011

Arriving in Indonesia just after midnight and flying to denpasar, Bali at first light meant an overnight stay in the Jakarta Airport. So, after 5 hours of tossing and turning on a timber seat it was time to start the check in process to get to the much anticipated Bali, Indonesia. As an Australian, I think it would be hard pressed to not know another Aussie who has been to Bali. A playground for the Aussies on short Vacation & surfers chasing their pipedreams. I had never been to Bali and was very excited when we touched down and walked through the Denpasar Airport Terminal and see smiling faces & carved ornaments casually dotted eveywhere. My home has always taken on this influence of design as my career (selling Indonesian Furniture) for 6 years so coming ... read more
Sunset Kuta
Prayer Time
I small opening in the sky

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta March 2nd 2011

06/02/2011 - 10/02/2011 Final country on the list was Indonesia. I took a flight from Bangkok to Den Pasar, Bali. Although some people already warned me about Kuta, it was close to the airport and I decided to check it out... however after spending 10 minutes there, swetting my ass off and being ripped off by the taxidriver, I already had the intention to pick up my bag and go somewhere else. I stopped at some dodgy tourism information centre; the guy from the place, Nyoman, wans't able to provide any useful information, however he seemed very nice. He invited me for lunch at the back where we discussed my plans for Bali. In the we decided we (Nyoman, his friend and me) would rent a car and drive up to the east, see the rice ... read more
me and nyoman drowning
giant turtle
nyoman and his daughter Digna

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta February 20th 2011

I don't know how people let themselves get so sunburned but the dirty streets and alleys of Kuta Beach are lined with throngs of bipedal lobsters. The funny part about popular destinations is all the presuppositions that surround them. Thanks to movies like eat pray love and others, before even stepping foot on the island people have many strong opinions about Bali. The unfortunate side of this is folks tend to spend most of their time trying to fulfill outlandish fantasies instead of interacting with their environment in a more meaningful way. Bali is truly wonderful.. don't get me wrong, but there is an unsavory air to the mentality and actions of most people who come here. To escape this we hopped on a boat to the nearby-but-also-part-of-Bali Lembongan Island. It is touted as the Bali ... read more




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