Adventures in Bali | Day 5 | Getting over my …

On our final snorkel, I swam over the most beautiful shell I’ve ever seen in my life. It was just glowing up at me from the sea bed, and I didn’t dare go near it for fear of breaking it. Moments later, our guide swam up behind me and held the shell out to me (as he had done previously with a puffer fish and a star fish). I took it, very carefully, and admired its pure beauty: the swirling patterns and gorgeous sandy coloured shades. Just then, a wave knocked me off my balance…

Adventures in Bali | Day 4 | Incredible sunrise trek …

For about 20/30 minutes the pace was fast but it was relatively flat, and we were able to push on even as we started to climb. As we went along, I started chatting to our guide, Widi as I was right behind her. I was utterly astounded to hear that she goes to Mount Batur to guide tourists to the summit, and on her return she then goes to school. 6 days a week.

Adventures in Bali | Days 2 & 3 | Bike rides and …

Following our rice field escapades we ended up eating lunch out of a banana leaf next to a river. Without cutlery. The authentic way apparently, though with only the ‘tourist’ spice levels! So yes, a somewhat novel experience to try and eat curry and rice with your fingers that’s for sure! But I loved every moment of it all the same.

Adventures in Bali | Day 1 | Getting acquainted

I’m currently sat with my travel journal trying to make sense of anything I’d written on the first day! After 27 hours of traveling I was totally done for. I arrived at the hotel at about 3pm and was determined not to nap so that I could get a good night’s sleep later. I’d already had a little unintentional nap in the taxi from the airport – which was the one place I didn’t want to fall asleep as a lone, 24 year old female, in a foreign country, a long way from home!