Life is what's happening while you're busy making other plans

05 mai 2011

Yogyakarta

We decided to base ourselves in Yogyakarta and then make day trips to the various tourist sites. We started with Prambanan, about an hour away. It is an old hindu temple, that suffered quite a bit in the latest earthquakes. We realised that we were more of an attraction than the site itself to the indonesian tourists around. They love taking photos of us, often not daring to ask but sneaking a photo with their mobile phone, in a very not discreet way.   The next day we went to Borobudur and then to Dieng Plateau. We booked a... [Lire la suite]
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03 mai 2011

Java – Ketapang and Sorabaya

After getting my open water certificate, we left Padang Bai in Bali and moved on to Lovina (up north of Bali). We stayed there for almost a week. It was so peaceful. We stayed in a little guest house by the sea. We spent a day diving on the island Menganjan. It was beautiful! We saw a lot of very colourful coral. The highlight of the dive was seeing a pygmee seahorse, only just a few milimeters tall! Another day we rented a motorbike and went for a ride. We stopped at a natural hot spring. I was doubtful at first because who wants to... [Lire la suite]
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23 avril 2011

Besakih - Bali

A bit of culture today! Indonesia is the world's largest muslim country, in terms of population. However, Bali is mainly Hindu. We decided to visit the Besakih temple, the biggest in Bali apparently. We first tried to go by public bus (bemo) but it was just too much of a headache. Bemo drivers in Bali multiply prices by 9 or 10! So we finally opted for a scooter rental. It was the best choice, we were free to go at our own pace, and driving in Bali is not that bad. At least in the area we were! At the temple both men and women must... [Lire la suite]
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22 avril 2011

Padang Bai - Bali

As of today I am certified as an Open Water Diver :D I was quite nervous about taking the course but I'm happy I did it. It takes three days, 1 dive in a pool and 4 dives in the sea. It takes time to get relaxed about breathing underwater. It was only in the last dive that I felt most at ease and really started to enjoy everything I was seeing. I saw clown fish, sharks, starfish, moray, sea snake, crocodile fish, blowfish, boxfish and lots of other things of which I don't know the names! Very happy with my experience! We are going... [Lire la suite]
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19 avril 2011

Ubud, Bali

We've unfortunately had some serious problems with our computer. Our hard drive crashed and we need to replace it. This is the second time that we have a problem with our electronic stuff and need to use our so called worldwide warranty. Well, let me just say that worldwide warranties are useless! For travellers in any case. I wonder why companies that sell electronic devices, especially computers, always have websites that are terribly slow and not user-friendly, which make it really hard to locate a local service provider.... [Lire la suite]
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16 avril 2011

Indonesia - Bali

The final phase of our trip has begun. Welcome to Asia! Our last moments in Australia: Our flight was booked for friday, so we had planned to leave the Kakadu National Park on Thursday. Employees of the hotel can get a free ride back to Darwin on one of the tour buses. We were told to wait for the bus at 3pm at the visitors information center. After having made our goodbyes to our collegues we got a ride to the info center. We waited in the sun until about half past three. No bus, so we called the hotel and got a ride back as it... [Lire la suite]
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31 mars 2011

This is the end... of down under

We've booked our tickets for Bali! We land on the 15th of April. We'll be working at the Holiday Inn until the 12th, then off to Darwin to catch our flight and move on to the third and final part of the trip. Very excited. We've gone six months in the same country and without wearing our backpacks... It's gona be a strange feeling to put them on again!
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28 mars 2011

Crocodile Holiday Inn

Sorry to have left it for so long to give some news! Thomas and I are still working opposite shifts. So we don't see a lot of each other, but last week we got two days off together. We took that opportunity to take a cruise. The idea was to see crocodiles but since we are still in the wet season and crocodiles prefer shallow waters, we didn't see a single crocodile! But we did see a few snakes and birds that practically walk on water! Other than that we are in our work routine. I polish a lot of cutlery, set tables, prepare the... [Lire la suite]
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05 mars 2011

Staying it is!

We landed the job at the Holiday Inn in the Kakadu National Park. We started work on Wednesday already. Thomas is in charge of cleaning all public areas (reception, staircases, conference rooms, toilets etc) and I am waitressing in the hotel restaurant. We have great accomodation, with fridge, tv, our own bathroom and even air conditioning. We love it! But for the moment we have completely opposite shifts as Thomas works mornings and I work nights. But we get to see each other for an hour or two in the early afternoon :D The hotel... [Lire la suite]
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22 février 2011

Staying?Leaving?

We love to improvise but these days it's just been ridiculous. Since we haven't worked since mid-December, we've spent nearly all the money we earned while working in Australia. We were hoping to sell the van quickly at a good price in Darwin, and then head off to Asia. But it's still the rainy season here and the tourist season doesn't start till another good month. So no buyers for the van :(  Before we headed up here we contacted a hotel in the Kakady National Park (about 2h from Darwin) but they said it was too early to... [Lire la suite]
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