Monthly Archives: March 2012

Bali: Last week in Paradise?

For my last week in Bali, I foolishly left that amazing island and took a fast ferry to Gili Trawangan, the largest of the three Gili Islands, that are located near the island of Lombok, across the Lombok Strait to the east … Continue reading

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Bali: Kultural Kuta

My last post about Bali, and I finally found some culture in a place where I thought there was none – Kuta! After a few semi-hectic, and semi-boring days on Gili Trawangan, it was time to get back to Bali in … Continue reading

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Bali: Expat Ubud, Cuban Style

After 3 hectic days of sightseeing, and driving seemingly endless hours on Bali’s not so great roads, it was time for some serious ‘me’ time.  On my last Saturday in Ubud, I slept in, ate a fantastic local lunch, and spent … Continue reading

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Bali: Water and Elephants

The following day Agus from Perama Tours picked me up at the corner of Raya Ubud and Jalan Kajeng at 9:30 with Dana, a lovely German backpacker in tow.  We set off for the coast immediately, and stopped at Taman Ayun along the way.  Taman means ‘garden’ … Continue reading

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Bali: ‘Archaeology’ and more temples

I arrived back in Ubud from Sanur to the same place I had left: Shanti Homestay.  They welcomed me back like I was family and I was given the same room that Alexandra and I had shared nearly two weeks before.  I needed … Continue reading

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Bali: Diving ups and downs

After getting some much-needed rest, it was off to Ahmed for the day.  The sites there were slightly better than Padang Bai, and about on par with Tulamben.  We again took a local boat from the shore out to the dive … Continue reading

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Bali: I’m a Rescue Diver!

I started my Rescue Diver course on the first of March, with a few hours of surface skills: cramp removal, tired diver tow, panicked diver, panicked tired diver, shore rescue, boat rescue, unresponsive diver at the surface . . . … Continue reading

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