The first time we were in Ubud, we only stayed a couple of days to scope it out. The second time around, we spent a week and dove right in.
We visited Ubud the first time we were in Bali, prior to our visa run, to see if we’d like it.
Ubud is a series of adjectives and nouns. (more…)
After our visa run to Kuala Lumpur, we were back in Bali again for two weeks. We spent several days near Lovina, on the north coast of the island.
For this trip, Tig kindly hired a driver to take us from Kuta. We stayed with a family that we met through the World School House Swap / Sit Facebook Group. We’re so grateful to Rony for opening her home to us and showing us ropes around here.
When I think of Kuala Lumpur, this picture comes to mind. A beautiful, multi-faceted city with the twin towers as its crown jewel.
Malaysia was our visa run. We originally came to Indonesia with a free 30-day tourist visa. Due to a slight miscalculation, we realized that it would be more expensive to extend it to 60 days than if we were to fly to Kuala Lumpur and come back into Bali with a new free 30-day visa. Plus, it was an opportunity to visit another southeast asian country.
Well we survived a two-week rental car in Bali. We started in Kuta and made a cut up the middle of the island, then circled around the west side, to Ubud, then back to Kuta. I hesitated to put it out there until we made it through alive and well. The experience of driving in Bali is too involved, it will need its own post someday.
After our car tour, we hopped on a plane to visit my dear friends Jona and Matthew in Jakarta.
West Bali National Park (Taman Nasional Bali Barat) is a ferry ride away from Labuan Lalang. We left our rental car there at the mercy of the long-tailed macaques, and boarded the boat.
It’s clear that these homeschooled kids don’t know how to relate to other children.
Especially children from other cultures. How are they going to make it in this global world? (more…)
I was talking to a Taiwanese-Australian mom at the pool recently. When she heard how long we were in Bali, she asked what we did for school. (more…)
Observing wildlife amongst the lily pads.
After Tanah Lot, we wound our way through more hair-raising roads north. The Tabanan area has many rice fields, the landscape is sculpted with terraces and irrigated through a network of canals. (more…)
Tanah Lot is one of the most visited temples in Bali, as the small temple can only be accessed at low tide. Tourists poured through the narrow streets lined with a maze of vendor stalls selling everything from carved wood decorations to sarongs. Since our hotel was within the complex, we had to drive through a herd of people. (more…)
Taiwan's public transit is so awesome! Bullet trains, commuter rail, subway, even lots of buses. #TaiwanRocks
Nomnomnoming our way through Taipei so far.