Thoughts on Travel

How travelling ‘didn’t’ change me…

You see a lot of people talking about how travelling and backpacking for a prolonged period of time changes them. I'd like to talk about how I think travelling did the exact opposite. I didn't change. In fact, travelling prevented me from changing... Just think about it. When we are younger, generally speaking, we have a… Continue reading How travelling ‘didn’t’ change me…

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

Asia, Indonesia, Lombok, Travel

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

Indonesia, Lombok, Travel

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

Bali, Indonesia, Travel

Learning to Love Bali in Padang Bai

After not really feeling like we saw the 'real' Bali so far, we headed out on a bus East to Padang Bai. Here is supposed to be more chilled with lots of Balinese temples in the foothills of Gunung Agung. After a slow, albeit short, journey on the bus, we checked in to a room… Continue reading Learning to Love Bali in Padang Bai

Bali, Indonesia, Travel

“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

Bali, Indonesia, Travel

Spontaneous Trip to Bali…

After almost a month solo travelling in Malaysia, and this time it was really solo - The whole time travelling up til then I met people who tagged along with me in a little group. We travelled together and hung out. Sometimes only for 1 or 2 days, but still. It means that often, when… Continue reading Spontaneous Trip to Bali…