Back to civilization

We had a pleasant early morning drive back to Yogyakarta from Borobudur for our flight to Singapore.  We enjoyed a final view of morning routines in Indonesia- tons of kids in uniforms on scooters being taken to school, men on scooters loaded with goods to sell… everything like balloons, chickens, greens, and hats. Yogyakarta airport […]

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Borobudur

Today I decided that I enjoy Indonesia.  Going to Bali put me off – but after being in Borobudur for three days, the distaste has worn off. Now that we are experiencing the ‘real’ Indonesia, as our guesthouse puts it, I am also seeing the beauty. Today we walked up the road to the UNESCO […]

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Java Countryside

It’s pretty in Java.  Huge volcanic mountains, big green hills, lush forests growing wild between everyone’s little village or terraced rice field.  Pretty. Today we woke early.  Dark early.  It’s Sunday and apparently that is the day for a special ceremony at the local mosque.  Not only do they do the morning call to prayer […]

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Java

Our early morning flight from bali to Yogyakarta on the island of Java was quick and easy, bummer our ride wasn’t there to retrieve us!  But the nice lady at the info both let me call using our phone. They mixed up our dates….so, after Zoe lost her tooth, we caught an hour long taxi […]

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Last day in Bali

Today was our last day on Lombongan and Bali.  We enjoyed a relaxing morning at our hut and the pool, and playing some island music.  The coast was way too rough… crazier than yesterday… for anyone. Our transportation showed up nearly on time- we were busy petting the calf.  We got into the back of […]

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Lembongan

Tonight I’m blogging from a great little restaurant called Gomez in a tiny hamlet called Mushroom bay on the island of Lembongan.  THIS is beaching it to me.! It’s not crowded, has a pleasant number of little cafés to walk to, no ATM, a cliff with a cave to play, tide pools to spend time […]

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It took the shirt!

This morning we discovered that the Indian Ocean likes to eat shirts. Dinosaur shirts. We woke with the birds and enjoyed a relaxing morning on the deck of our thatched roof hut. Zoe was doing school lessons.  Avi did a bit in his workbook and then ran around chasing chickens and visiting the cow. He loves […]

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Bali… It’s just OK

Today we took an all day tour of Bali.  We got out of touristy Kuta to see the rest of the island.  It’s pretty, BUT… Visualize this:  you are in a tiny Asian mini van on a single-lane road no wider than 15 ft.  The road edges are notional white lines that are bordered like […]

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Surfing is rad!!

As per my previous post I haven’t been impressed with Bali, but today the island redeemed itself from all the horrid traffic and touts and trash. The kids and I did a “family” surf lesson with a group called Up2U surfing.  They picked us up at the hotel and over to their shop.  It was […]

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