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Asia » Indonesia » Bali August 13th 2018

On our first day in Bali, Kristy found a specific smoothie bowl restaurant she wanted to check out for breakfast. We walked a long way from the Sheraton, passing a few other smoothie bowls, before finding that the targeted establishment was closed. Across the street, there was a breakfast spot that had “Big Aussie Breakfast” on the menu. We each got the Big Aussie which was very similar to an American style breakfast. It was delicious and a nice change of pace from the Asian breakfasts we had been having. After breakfast, we decided to make use of the beautiful infinity pool at the Sheraton. The pool and deck overlooked the beach, although a street (which did not obstruct the view) separates the two. We plopped down on two lounge chairs and soaked up some sun. ... read more
Bali Sea Turtles Society 2
Bali Sea Turtles Society
Sheraton Pool

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Canggu August 12th 2018

Nach Vietnam bin ich nun direkt nach Indonesien geflogen, dort werde ich nun 2 Monate verweilen. Mit Adrian, einem Kollegen aus der Schweiz, habe ich in Bali für diese Zeit ein Haus gemietet. Wohnen werden wir in Canggu, dieses liegt etwas ausserhalb von Kuta und Seminyak. Je nördlicher man von Denpasar an der Westküste geht, desto ruhiger wird es. Canggu geniesst einen guten Ruf, bei vielen Digital Nomads und Aussteigern. Diese Strassen sind gesäumt mit Hipster Cafes, die Fusion Food oder sonst irgendwelche ausgefallenen Gerichte, Smoothies oder Fruit Bowles anbieten. Grössere Hotelkomplexe gibt es hier zum Glück nicht. Jedoch wird es auch in Canggu immer wie enger, eigentlich wären hier überall Reisfelder, diese verschwinden jedoch langsam, da immer mehr gebaut wird. Viele Einheimische vermieten Ihre Häuser, teils das ganze Jahr über und bekommen dafür einen guten ... read more
Blick von Batur auf die anderen Vulkane

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Kuta August 12th 2018

After such a busy few days touring temples and natural wonders, we had a (somewhat) relaxing Sunday planned. We had a mid-morning flight to Denpasar (Bali) which ended up taking off and landing late. When we arrived at the airport, we tried to book our last remaining domestic flight at the customer service center. Unfortunately, we found that all the flights to Komodo Island that worked with our itinerary were booked. We would have to wait for another opportunity to see the Komodo Dragon. We took a Grabcar to the Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort, where we were staying for the next few nights. We checked in, got cleaned up and headed north to the url= read more
Happy Honeymoon from Potato Head
Sunset at Potato Head

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud July 31st 2018

We left the hotel and drove to the coast to catch a boat to Gili Air, the journey took a couple of hours and the roads were really winding. We grabbed our belongings and boarded the boat. The sea was quite calm so it made for a nice crossing and it didn’t take long. We were advised that if the tide was low, the boat would have to drop us a fair distance away so we’d get a horse and cart for the last bit of our journey to the hotel. Luckily, the tide was high enough for the boat to take us directly to the hotel. we were a little early, so the rooms weren’t ready for us to check in so we sat in the bar and ordered early lunch. The rest of the ... read more
Green sea turtle
Underwater statue, Gili Meno
Gili Air style transfer

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Munduk June 18th 2018

We definitely want to stay longer in Munduk Moding! It’s a beautiful place to relax in but also offers a range of activities. Yesterday, Saturday, we trekked to two nearby waterfalls with a hotel guide. After setting off down the road through the village, we soon turned off onto a narrow concrete path just wide enough for a motorbike, which led into terraces cultivated with a huge range of different trees and plants, and tiny villages with homes hidden amid the trees, clinging to the slopes. Everywhere here is steep! The farmers grow a mix of crops together to maintain soil fertility – orange trees with carrots, cabbages with chilli plants and coffee trees and so on. Every now and then we had to step to one side as a pair of brothers made their way ... read more
Munduk Waterfall
Bulbul bird in African Tulip flower
Gunung Agung is currently taking a nap

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud June 17th 2018

I wonder where my dreams of Utopia come from? Bali has the whiff of ‘South Pacific’, a vision of a sunset behind a volcano. The actual island is kind of like a Maldives resort but with real people instead of ‘staff’. But Bali isn’t just a destination, it’s an aspiration (and that was alliteration darlings). (no it wasn’t – Ed) Have I bigged it up enough? But it is a stunning place with; mountains, jungles, forests, temples, and the legendary hospitality of the locals. We spent a week there in Easter 2018 and left knowing that we had barely scraped the surface of what it has to offer. The difficulty lies in the sheer variation of holidays you could take there. I can review what I experienced but a solitary week can only offer ... read more
Paddy felds Sideman
Breakfast view near Mount Agung
Rice fields

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Munduk June 15th 2018

We spend three nights at Siladen doing nothing. My sister Angela would be horrified at such a waste of time as she spends her time here diving backwards off boats and taking pictures of fishes 100 feet down. But we enjoy our time of idleness! On our last day there we take the boat back to Manado where the resort bus is waiting to take us e to the airport. Suddenly all the oncoming traffic starts to flash at our driver. He stops and checks the tyres. We have a puncture. Our chance of getting to the airport on time suddenly seems very slim. But he stops at a roadside ‘garage’ – the sort that sells petrol in bottles for motorbikes – and uses their airline to reinflate the tyre. Won’t do the job for long, ... read more
Tirta Emmpul temple purification pool
Presidential palace behind Tirta Empul
Gunung Batur, Bali

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Amed June 8th 2018

After a chill day of browsing the local market for souvenirs and getting a massage, I went to bed early since my alarm was set for 1.45am: I was going to do a sunrise hike! At 2.15 we were picked up and by 4am we were hiking up Mount Batur. It was very steep and the way up consisted of a lot of loose stones that caused many people to slip very often - thank god for my hiking boots! Some steps were so high that the guides would pull us up. It was very cloudy but every now and then, the clouds faded and we could see a glimpse of the start of the sunrise. By the time we got to the top and the sun started to appear on the horizon, the clouds disappeared ... read more
Good morning sun ❤
Mount Agung
Made it!

Asia » Indonesia » Bali June 2nd 2018

After a nice 2:30am wake-up, I had a long day ahead of me. It started great when I found out that the airport had opening times and I had arrived before the doors opened, so I had to wait outside. Luckily, my friends Renee and Filo had some time to keep me occupied on Skype! A 2,5 hour flight was followed by a 7,5 hour layover (yes, you read it right) and then another 6,5 hour flight. This last flight was my first flight ever that left 10 minutes BEFORE scheduled departure. No missing passengers, no one was late, I would call that a miracle. As soon as I walked into the airport hall in Denpasar, Bali, I was overwhelmed by the amount of taxi drivers offering their services. They were very pushy and wouldn't take ... read more
Made a friend
They're not always friendly

Asia » Indonesia » Bali May 22nd 2018

Inevitably the last day of a vacation rolls around and today is our day. We went out for dinner last night and enjoyed the delicious Indonesian food one more time as well as our “free taxi ride” back to our hotel. That idea to get you home safely is a welcome treat at the end of a night. This morning we were still trying to straighten out our “late check out” from the hotel and finally managed to get in touch with our travel agent who in turn made those arrangements. We were to initially check out at 11 am and were not being picked up to go to the airport until 9 pm. Now we can keep our air conditioned room until 6 pm. Our flight leaves Denpasar at 1:05 am for the first leg ... read more

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