Megan Mackenzie


Megan Mackenzie

I'm Megan. Doctor, runner, baker and adventurer. Travel in my free time. Love seeing the world. I initially started the blog to keep in touch with family but now it is also a really good memoir and diary of the big places that I have been. I have also travelled a lot in Europe and I wish that I could have recalled more on here, just means that I will have to go again.

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud March 1st 2017

Ubud was the perfect way to end the holiday. It is the cultural centre and heart of Bali. We decided to hi a driver for the day to take us from Seminyak to Ubud so we could do some cultural things around the island on our travels. First stop was the Balanese traditional dancing.... This was well... Interesting, I didn't really enjoy it that much but there was a crib sheet telling you about the story behind the dance and I found the culture and "myth" like aspect of the dancing interesting. For example the Barong is a good spirit and the Rangda a bad spirit and they basically battle during the dance, in which there is no winner. There's a lot of screaming and weird parts to this dance. In sure there are multiple but ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Nusa Lembongan February 26th 2017

Nusa Lembogonan, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida are 3 islands off the east coast of Bali which are easily accessible via bots from Sanur. We decided to have 2 nights in Nusa Ceningnan which is just off Lembogonan. The boats from Sanur Rock up on the North coast and a quick 10 minute trip to the south coast where you cross a bridge (this was closed at the time we went but has just reopened). From here there are some villas up mainly the west coast. The island is very small and rural, jungley with a few activities and food places. Cliffs are the main bits facing the sea but there are a few beach points such as Secret Point and Blue Lagoon. After arriving via transport arranged by the host of Ocean Villa from Seminyak ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Seminyak February 25th 2017

so... My first 10 day trip in almost 2 years, and what other place to try other than Bali. Trip started in Seminyak, initially staying in a Airbnb in the North of Seminyak close to Batubelig. This was a nice little place with a pool and several apartments away from the main road. We were about 2 minutes walk from the beach and could hear it from the window. when we arrived we ventured north up the beach to a place called Finns Bar and had a few cocktails on the beachfront, we then had dinner at a little warung closer to town whilst the sun set. We headed to the infamous Potatohead which is a cool bar/club in Seminyak and then headed back home. The holiday has involved a lot of chilling but I feel ... read more
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North America » United States » New York June 21st 2015

Where to begin. Up there with the most amazing city in the world. And no, you don't have time to sleep! After our long journey, we arrived at our accommodation in Brooklyn, which was the Lomg Islnd University student accommodation and was basically like hall, but it was only £18 per night. After checking in, we went to a wine bar call Stonehome Wine Bar and Grill. This was the first time we had real, nice wine in the whole trip and was really relaxing after the long day. The following day I had booked to go up the Statue of Liberty and on to the Pedestal. This was amazing, I went on a beautiful day and walked there from Brooklyn, over the bridge. This allowed me to walk through the financial district which I ended ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Panama June 16th 2015

So after a long bus journey on a bus which stank of cockroach repellant, we arrived at Panama City. We were lucky as our room was available at 6am when we arrived so we went and crashed there for a few hours. That day we went to the infamous Panama Canal. We took a shuttle there from our hostel (Lunas Castle) in Casco Viejo- the old part of the town and went to the Miraflores Locks. Here they had a four story museum about the development of the canal and viewing points looking over the lock and allowing us to view the massive ships that go through. Due to the current usage of the canal they are trying to extend and widen it so they can get more and bigger vessels through. On our way back ... read more

We ended up missing out Costa Rica as firstly we didn't have time and secondly I think that it has gone through its tourist boom and won't change much, so I think that I can always come back and visit the country in the future and when I have more money! Our next and second to last stop is Bocas del Toras or “mouth of the Bulls”. This is a province as well as a collection of islands on the Caribbean side of the country. It took us 25 hours, 3 buses, 2 taxis and a boat to get here from Granada but it was definitely worth it. We travelled via Tica buses, which provide a solid network over Central America. The main island in Bocas Del Toros is Colon island which has the main town. ... read more

To get down to Panama, our final stop of the Central American diaries we needed to get back to Granada so decided to book an AirBnb there with our friends from Bristol and have a last weekend with them. The AirBnb is owned by an American called Glenn who moved to Granada with his wife 5 years ago and we got a beautiful apartment for around £8 each a night. Over the weekend we did some stuff we missed out on in our last visit but unfortunately all the girls got food poisoning on the first day so we couldn't do much. The highlight of the weekend was the trip around the isletas in Granada. In lake Nicaragua and just off the Granada port is 365 archipelagos, some containing houses, some monkeys, some birds, one was ... read more

Ometepe is a unique island in the middle of lake Managua, it is basically made up of 2 volcanoes surrounded by settlements, petroglyphs and waterfalls and is its own little paradise. This is one of our last stops in Central America so we wanted to spend a few days here chilling out and doing some of the activities the island has to offer. When we arrived we found a cute little guesthouse called Hospedaje As Mi Tierra in a small hamlet called Balgue on the North side of the western island. This is the end of the road where all the tourists stay as they tend to stay at the isthmus between the 2 volcanoes as there is a nice beach there. We decided to go to the beach the first day and then meet some ... read more

Granada is another colonial town in Nicaragua. It is on the western edge of Lago de Managua and is another grand stop along the Central America route. It doesn't have the grit and character of Leon and isn't as perfect as Antigua but I found that it was a thriving town which had a lot to offer. The town is set around the cathedral and leads down onto the lake, the road down to the lake has lots of bars and restaurants and leads to a park and beach. We arrived in the afternoon from a chicken bus that we got from Leon- Managua- Granada, it was a bit of a palaver, but we got there in the end. The first day there we wandered around the city and did the classic horse driven carriage tour, ... read more

So, 2 days later we finally made it to Leon. We unfortunately got waylaid in San Pedro Sula in Honduras for an extra day as the bus was full, which was annoying as we are getting a little pushed for time and it's not the nicest place in the world to be stuck (don't type it into Google). Leon is a nice town, colonial with a bit of grit and plenty of character. It is in the north of Nicaragua and is next to several volcanoes. One which is currently erupting and one which is the volcano boarding centre of the world. We stayed near the park central in a place called Via Via which had a nice little terrace area and was really well located. On our first night there we ended up meeting the ... read more

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