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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Bali: Under Water

After the long evening at the trance ceremony, I slept in as long as I could without feeling guilty of wasting the day and then set out intent on seeing some more temples.  I bartered for a driver for half … Continue reading

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Bali: Trance and Temples

Sunday was an incredibly long day.  Since I now had my lovely new sarong, I made the most of it and went to visit some temples – and discovered they were closed!!  Apparently, even in the correct dress it still … Continue reading

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Bali: Expat Ubud

After the insanity of Kuta, Ubud was an oasis in the desert, except maybe for the Starbucks, but I’ll get to that later. For the mere price of Rp 50,000 (Rp = Rupiah, the local currency, $1 CDN = Rp … Continue reading

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