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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 » 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 » Java » Mount Bromo August 11th 2018

Today really started at 11:00pm the prior day when our guide (Ahmad) and driver picked us up. Sunrise is the most popular time at Mount Bromo. The dawn skies over the volcanic range and moonscape terrain offer outstanding photo opportunities. The drive to Bromo took a little over three hours, which included an unexplained, extended rest stop at a roadside gas station. We rested in the back of our Toyota Avenza and tried to sleep. The final approach was a winding road up the alpine slopes of Mount Bromo. Ahmad had arranged for us to have a rest at a “home-stay” which was somebody’s house that had been converted into a short-term hostel. Other groups were stirring by the time we got there and appeared to have spent the night before summitting Bromo. We chilled on ... read more
Kristy and Brad Kissing at Madakaripura
Kristy and Brad Bromo Sunrise
Bromo Sunrise

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Surabaya August 10th 2018

By 6:00 we were at the train station awaiting our locomotive’s departure. The station was not well marked as far as which line was going to Surabayaor when. We eventually figured out where we needed to be. The train itself was quite nice. Kristy had paid extra to be in the executive cabin. The ride to Surabaya from Jogja was about five hours. Along the way, we passed many smaller towns. We made stops in towns large enough for a train station. There were many rice paddies and a few cornfields alongside the tracks. In the distant horizon, we could see large volcanos which were largely obscured by clouds. During the journey, Kristy read about gun dog training and posted several pictures from Jogja to Facebook. Brad played on his computer and watched his kindle fire. ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Java » Yogyakarta August 9th 2018

Jim put us in contact with somebody at the Jogja Habitat office who arranged a driver for us. Tono, our driver, picked us up at 9:00 for a day of exploring the area surrounding Jogja. Borobudur was our first stop, about a two-hour drive from Jogja. Borobudur is a Buddhist temple dating back to the 8th century. We bought a package ticket that included entrance to Prambanan, our next stop. Fortunately, Brad still had his U Chicago student ID and was able to get a $15 discount! The grounds at Borobudur are immaculately manicured. There are large grassy yards filled with shrubs and trees. The temple itself is a large, square pyramid carved out of dark stone. Each block of the pyramid has pictures sculpted into it. Hundreds of Buddha statues line the terraces of the ... read more
Kristy Archery
Kristy at Pinus Pennger
Brad at Pinus Pennger

Asia » Indonesia » Java August 8th 2018

Our first day in Jogja we didn’t have any set plan. We loosely planned to see what there was to see in town and venture outside the city on the next day. We spent the morning googling and searching trip advisor to figure out what to do. First up was a haircut for Brad. He had not been to a barber for a couple weeks before our wedding. We stopped at the url=,110.368112,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xd8efd06b30d37f79!8m2!3d-7.818303!4d110.36811252 Barbershop. We had to wait a while before Brad got a haircut that took nearly an hour. The final product was superb and cost about $3.50. After that, we took a car over to Malioboro street which is a well-known shopping destination. There were some conventional malls and stores that lined the market filled streets. We wa... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra August 7th 2018

We took our time getting out of bed the next morning because our only plan for the day was a 1:30 flight to Jogja (Yogyakarta). Retracing our steps, we took the train back to the airport and arrived plenty early for our flight. Upon checking in, we learned that our flight reservation was only that, a reservation. We had reserved a seat on the plane, but had not paid for a ticket and could not get on that flight. We were transferred to a customer service office where we asked about our options. We ended up buying a ticket with another carrier (Air Asia) for a 4:30 flight. We also took the opportunity to book our Surabaya to Bali flight. Kristy tried an avocado and chocolate shake while we waited. We arrived in Jogja much later ... read more
Kmeals Pizza

Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Berastagi August 6th 2018

Nia picked us up at 9:00 the next morning. The plan was to go see the url= Color Waterfall (Sibolangit) which includes a ~ 3-hour hike. After driving for about two hours, we were close to where our GPS was saying the falls should be. Nia did not quite know where to go so he asked a person at a gas station. We followed the stranger’s instructions and went down a random road to what looked like an abandoned market next to a stream. There we found a few fellas taking pictures of a waterfall. Nia talked to them, then to Jim, and Jim relayed to us. We were not at the Two Color Waterfall because it had been permanently closed after a few people died in a flash flood. There we were in the late ... read more
Kristy and Brad at Berastagi 1
Kristy I Heart U
Brad at Berastagi

Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Bukit Lawang August 5th 2018

Jim, the Habitat employee, helped us plan and execute the next two days of our honeymoon. His brother-in-law (Nia) is a driver in Medan and the driver’s cousin (Wanda) is a trekking guide. This was exactly the hook-up we needed to accomplish our planned activities. Sunday, we planned to hike into the jungle to see some wild and semi-wild orangutans. Guides are required by law to hike in this area. Nia picked us up at 7:00 to drive us out to Bukit Lawang (“Gateway to the Hills”). We rendezvoused with Wanda at his house and he followed us to the trailhead. Wanda had a good command of the English language and was impressively knowledgeable about apes and the jungle in general. We hit the trail with Wanda and his 17-year-old son Fabio. After 15 minutes on ... read more
Kristy and Brad Hiking Bukit Lawang
Orang and Baby 2
Orang Selfie 3

Asia » Indonesia » Sumatra » Medan August 4th 2018

We departed the Alagon at 8:00 AM for an 11:00 Malaysian Air flight. We checked in and hit an orchid lounge. We scarfed down a few breakfast items, exchanged some Dong for Dollars and went to our gate. We connected through Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia before continuing to Medan, Indonesia. We took the train from the airport to downtown Medan. We stayed at the url='primahotel which is located above the Medan train station. The train was pleasant, easy, and fast. The only snag was that we could not use credit cards and had to use debit. The D’Prima was pretty basic. The room was small and featured little more than a king-size bed and a TV. We settled... read more
Kristy on the Medan Train

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