Bali Day 2

After an early night, I woke early and decided I would go wandering to discover a venue for breakfast. Thanks to the wifi in the villa I was able to google a few places north of me. I googled a map, thought it looked straight forward and set off shortly after 8.30.

One thing I loved about our villa was the back street it opened up to. The fences were all high (with some form of security on top, whether it be barbed wire or in some cases huge shards of broken glass) and they all had really cool wooden carved doors for the entrance. It was unlike something I had ever seen. I'm kicking myself for not having taken a photo of our doorway. When I pulled up in the car with Cam from the airport the day before, the car had only just fit down the alleyway; if another car had pulled up someone would have been reversing out. [...]  read more

Bali Day 1

For the most part my flight was uneventful. I had been given the exit row seat, which was great, and the middle aged couple beside me were lovely. There was a child a few rows back which screamed for the first 10mins of the flight, which caused visible discomfort to many passengers. I think we were all unanimously relieved when the toddler finally calmed down (mind you it had been screaming like it was a newborn).

When we arrived at the airport, the heat smacked you over the head the second you walked out the plane door. Unfortunately I was still wearing my hoody and jeans, and it was about 5mins before I was able to separate myself from the crowd enough to stop walking, and get the hoody off. The heat, compared to the cold in Melbourne, was pure magic. [...]  read more

Time to fly to Bali

Well folks, it's about that time: time to fly to Bali!

I have some blogging to do to update you with the last few days in Melbourne, which food played a large part of. I don't think I have stopped eating the entire time, and the size of my gut has increased accordingly.

This morning at the airport I very nearly tried to check onto a flight to New Zealand, only to realise that that trip is later in the year, not now! Duh! It wouldn't be right without a dumbass Kelly moment (I should also mention I'm half asleep). When I finally checked in for the correct flight, I was stoked to get an exit row seat, hello extra leg room! Who said I needed to travel with a 6ft 8 giant to get such benefits? It's aisle, but to be honest I don't care to look out the window. As a good friend said, most of the time we are flying over the land of Australia anyway, and I'm pretty familiar with that country 🙂 [...]  read more

To my dear passport…

To my dear passport…

As much as I love you, I have found that you bring out the sadist in me. I love nothing more that seeing you get punched, by a stamp nonetheless, but punched all the same.

You see, the violence inflicted upon you means a journey for me. A trip to somewhere abroad. A chance to see and experience a life so unlike my own. A chance to open my eyes. A chance to grow.

In the next 12 months you will endure a few more punches. In just over a fortnight you will receive your first as I head to Indonesia. Then another punch when I visit New Zealand later this year, and a final blow upon visiting Malaysia in 2014. If I'm really lucky there may be a brazillian punch as well, pending whether Australia qualifies for the World Cup (and how tight the strings on my wallet are). [...]  read more

Hold tight folks, I’m heading to Bali

A friend of mine is getting married in Bali in May, and I'm invited. Originally I discussed the possibility with C, then after we split with my mum, then a friend. My friend can't make it for budget reasons, and I don't think I could last that long with Mum without getting frustrated (I love you Mum).

So I'm going it alone.

I am seriously scared by this prospect. It means the savings that I had finally gotten started are going to be gone. It means that I won't have anywhere there beside me in a foreign country to figure things out with. At the end of the day, I will by myself. [...]  read more