Stage 3 of our Big Easter Adventure! It's Pete's birthday on 5th May, which was in 2 days, so for his birthday, I suggested upgrading our 9-hour direct flight from Auckland to Bali to business class. We've flown business before with Etihad by using their bidding service, we bid £100 each for the upgrade and… Continue reading Day Trip to Nusa Penida from Bali
Big Easter Adventure to Thailand, New Zealand and Bali… Are we crazy?
Since booking the flights for this trip and telling people what we are doing, most think we are crazy to do so much in so little time and ask why we booked it. The simple answer is that the flights were on a super special sale with Emirates and we managed to bag all the… Continue reading Big Easter Adventure to Thailand, New Zealand and Bali… Are we crazy?
Beaches in Kuta, Lombok
When we arrived in Kuta on the South coast of Lombok we checked into Yellow Flower Inn initially. It was nice here, but for your money you could get a hell of a lot, so on the second day we changed our accommodation a place we saw just down the road which had a pool… Continue reading Beaches in Kuta, Lombok
Resting in Senggigi
From Rinjani, we really wanted to visit the South of Lombok and the Kuta (yes same name as in Bali) beaches. But it was quite far to travel in one go, so we stopped briefly in Senggigi on the West coast, just North of Mataram, the capital. My knee was still extremely sore, so we… Continue reading Resting in Senggigi
Snapping my ACL climbing Mount Rinjani
From Gili T we took a fast boat to Bangsal on Lombok's main island. We wanted to climb the volcano of Mountain Rinjani as the view from the top is said to be stunning, as well as viewing inside the volcano where there appears to be 'a volcano in a volcano' surrounded by a sulphurous… Continue reading Snapping my ACL climbing Mount Rinjani
Turtles in Gili Trawangan
The fast boat arrived from Padang Bai in to Gili Trawangan (Gili T), one of 3 small flat islands off the coast of Lombok, fairly late in the day. It was funny watching lots of holidaymakers arrive alongside us struggle with their massive suitcases that were not very practical for island living! There was no… Continue reading Turtles in Gili Trawangan
“Culture” in Ubud
We took a minibus from Kuta to Ubud and arrived quite late. We checked into a place that had been recommended to me by several people, Happy Mango, but we found it to have little of the atmosphere and friendliness that I'd been promised, so the following day we moved across the village to Sania's… Continue reading “Culture” in Ubud