• The Side of Bali You Don't See
    Indonesia

    The Side of Bali You Don’t See

    Each morning, like most of you, I unlock my phone and begin an almost never-ending cycle of scrolling through social media. The first image that pops up is of a young, good looking woman in a swim-suit posing alongside a swimming pool. Bali. Another is of someone between an impressive looking temple gateway. Bali. A third image has you looking out over terraced rice fields with not another soul in sight. Again, it’s Bali. I think it’s fair to say that Bali has been very popular over the last few years. The pictures you see every single day are enough to stoke the embers of wanderlust in just about anyone.…

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    The Long Way Home: Seminyak, Bali

    Following on from last week’s post, we have moved on from Ubud to Seminyak. As I said, Seminyak is described as an upmarket resort town. In my head, I pictured something similar to a European resort with nice promenades. Wishful thinking. The Hotel We stayed at the Jambuluwuk Oceano Resort, a four star hotel close to the beach and the famous Potato Head beach club. The pictures looked really good. The main pool looked inviting but not as great as the infinity pool and jacuzzi on the rooftop. Did I mention it had not one, but two, swim-up pool bars? When we arrived after a manic hour drive on the…

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    Indonesia,  Journal

    The Long Way Home: Ubud, Bali

    The time has come for us to leave Australia and start a new adventure in South East Asia. As I said last time out, we are on the way home to the UK.  However, we’re going the long way via Bali, Singapore, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Bangkok! Saying goodbye was hard; especially as the Perth winter had decided to heat up just for our last day. Once we were at the airport though we were ready for our first taste of Asia. Both Emma and I were anxious when checking our bags in as we were so overweight when coming across to Australia. We had so much stuff we had…