We had a great time in Bali, but as many people warned us, it was all very touristy and crowded. So looking for a more local feeling we made our way to the next island east of Bali: Lombok. We opted to pass up the flight and fast boat to Lombok options, instead joining the locals on the slow boat (ferry). This by itself was quite an experience. Aside from one other traveler, we were the only foreigners cruising on the boat. Inside was hot, humid, crowded and smelly. We went to the deck and found a little corner underneath some shade. It cost us seven dollars total and it took five hours to get there.
Reaching our limits of remoteness at some Indonesian island.
One of the favorite places we visited in Bali is the monkey forest located in Ubud. Watching monkeys playing and assaulting people is hilarious and entertaining. They are smart! They go for the pockets, open bags and zippers, take sunglasses and hats, anything that they can user to barter for food… those little sneaky bastards.
Bali screams culture the moment you step out of the plane. It quickly overwhelms the senses – Hindu statues ornamented with flowers and fabrics everywhere, the thick smell of incense, feeling the humidity and warmth… and the food! An Asian spicy sweet island mixture of flavors, it’s delightful!
Hello everyone! I haven’t blogged in a while but I am back! My short absence was due to a little break from our “backpacking” style of life to live a “normal” kinda life while we were in Sydney. It was actually quite nice to feel “normal”, have a steady home for a month, and give ourselves a break from moving from one place to another.
So, while we were here we got ourselves a little routine of Adam pumping out code in the morning, followed by working out/surfing during the day, a TV show in the evening (we got hooked on Breaking Bad) and then dinner with the rest of the guests and our Aussie hosts Kim and Peter. Not bad at all!
We stayed in Manly, a very laid back beach town in north Sydney. Every now and then we would go out with the other travelers staying at the house for some drinks, cruise the ferry for some city action or walk to the beach to catch the sunset and eat meat pies.
Here are some pictures of our simple kinda life in Sydney, enjoy!