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After 6 mths wandering in Ozz its time to relax ! (hey travelling is hard work).

I spent a week or so in Kuta getting my bearings and finding a surfboard and just relaxing. I stayed at Kadins II (125,000IRP) , an older style hotel with a lovely pool set in a small lush green garden with easy going staff and a good wifi connection. Set on a quiet lane with few scooters you would hardly know you were in the heart of party town! A constant stream of travellers come and go some starting out on adventures others on there way home, stories and ideas for places to go and great cafes not to miss are exchanged over breakfast and around the pool. Luckily instead of having to have a kneeboard made for me I found one for sale used, a south african board, great deal with board bag, fins and leash (about $ 220.0) in like new condition. Came across a cremation ceremony on the main beach, tourists are always welcomed and even encouraged to take photos. Its considered an honour and very favourable that we have come so far to see there loved ones ashes be scattered and there spirits sets free. Such wonderful traditions and ceremonies full of offerings, flowers, music, prayers and a party atmosphere to honour the dead and help everyone to share the pain of a loved one passing. makes our western “culture” appear a bit unsure and lost in comparison when dealing with death.

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Diary date : 22nd June -2010


Waves from our dreams

Travel and blogging do not go always well together. So much to see and do and of course take photos! Photography is all about the light, so you get up before sunrise often and stay up for sunset! Long days and after many weeks, months you find there is not much rest time! And even less time with fickle power and even more fickle Internet connections to actually blog about your adventures, and of course pure laziness plays a part in my late blogging. Anyway my last blog was before Bali!

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Hello Dear Hearts!  At last, I have found time to settle into a little story telling.  Life on the beach in Bali was a wonderful, laid back, much needed rest.  Matt and I stayed so long, we only had two weeks to cover Java and Sumatra.  Once we hit the road, we burst into travel mode and have not stopped since!  I had to put my foot down yesterday and demand ten minutes just to shave my legs before dashing out for another early morning adventure!  I am writing from Chengdu, China and will try to fill you in on our adventures in several parts to break up the stories.  OK, since writing, we have traversed Tibet, precariously creeped across dramatic landslide road bursts into Katmandu and now are catching up in Pokhara, Nepal.  The blog update is top on my list!  A few countries to comment on.  Here is Indonesia to start with.


Rock carvings at the Elephant Temple (more…)

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Sunset over Mount IJen on Java
By now our travel planning process had become less focused.  The Lonely Planet had guided us well in navigating our way through India and Bali.  With no book or google time to figure out Java, we headed out on a bus from Ubud to the ferry to Java.  On the ferry we met a delightful young French couple who told us of their three day volcano tour through Java and we stepped off the ferry in search of such a tour.  Can you believe our good luck that the first folk we stopped on the street off the ferry were tour guides offering us just the tour we wanted! (more…)

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Natural Beauties – Aphrodite Rises from the Sea

We are in paradise where beach living is what millions of travelers have come to Bali for.  A complete change from the ultra dress/body conservative norms of India.  There you will recall my challenges of fitting into a society where women were expected to be wrapped up in six yards of beautiful sari drapery and a full petticoat beneath.  There I conformed and draped myself in long, multiple layers against all sensibilities of fighting 45 degree temperatures. (more…)

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    Balagan Beach our new home!
   Sunset at Ulu Watu Temple (more…)

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