Wednesday, 18 September 2013

A Con Man, 11 Flights in 3 Weeks and a trip to Bali

Svend Olav Dunick Larsen came to Langkawi and a lot of people got very disappointed. I cannot  tell you all the details of what he did, but you are free to read about this man`s past here and something he did on Langkawi here. If you come across this guy, just be careful as he appears to be friendly and honest....


Could this be the footprint of the last Balinese Tiger?? ;)
Well, we haven`t updated our blog for a long time which was due to circumstances we could have done without. The evening we decided to move into our new house (more about that in the next post) we found out we had to get back to England in a hurry, which meant booking a flight ASAP and what we got was no fun. Flight from Langkawi to KL on to Singapore, then Paris and change for Manchester, a week later Manchester to Amsterdam, then KL and finally Langkawi....what a pain these flights were. But not enough with this, because we had already pre booked Bali three days after that, so unpack, get the new house in order and again from Langkawi to KL and on to Denpasar.
Needless to say by this time we were ready for a relaxing break, but no! We had only been in Bali for 1 day when we got a call from Soluna Guest House in Langkawi about Svend which just meant more worries. In the end we decided  to put this problem behind us and try to enjoy Bali.

Beautiful waves and nice walks on the beach
Not complaining 
As we live in S-E Asia we always try to get a feel for the places we go to, and we hardly ever go sun bathing or swimming, so we decided to hire a car for the week and go exploring. We rarely book hotels in advance and just find them on the way, normally cheap ones, but in Bali for the first time we were caught out. We drove into darkness at the North coast (too busy sight seeing) when it started pouring with rain and visibility went to near zero.
No hotels for miles nor guest houses and the driving became like a white knuckle ride, but there it was, a sign for an hotel. After about 20 minutes on a small path we found the hotel and luckily were able to check in. This turned out to be the most expensive hotel we ever stayed in whilst travelling. We paid for one night which emptied our wallet, so we could not go to their restaurant for a meal.....teaches us to look for an ATM earlier. Once we awoke in the morning we truly loved what we saw though, just look at the pictures below and you`ll understand.

View from the Veranda leading to the beach

Our room 

Quiet beach 2 min from the room and at the garden edge.
The place was very peaceful and relaxing, just what we needed after the night before.

The driving in Bali is the worst driving experience we ever had and we have driven all over Europe and many places in Asia. We were in slow moving traffic jam sandwiches for most of our trip. Overtaking just before a hill or a bend? No problem...speeding, yes gotta get in that gap (what gap?)

Bus overtaking us, another car and a lorry before a bend
We moved on to some Surfer beach, watching them for hours and this is where we found the most unusual Guest house so far on our travels. In Bali most houses build their own little temple in the house and an extra outbuilding with a bed in it for ceremonial reasons, like births, marriage or death. The place was absolutely amazing with ornamental carvings everywhere. It was family run and extremely friendly.

Fiona with cat on the mat

The ceremonial building

The house temple

The owners´ quarters

Our door and windows

Entrance to the house temple

Our room (back right) and ceremonial building
As you can see, fantastic. We thought this was specially built for tourists, but no.. nearly all private houses are built in this style.
Our adventure was slowly coming to an end so we decided to go to one of the main beaches (Sanuar) and enjoy the last few days with reading, eating and relaxing. Again we found a lovely and extremely cheap family run Guest House where the owner got up at 3 AM to drive us to the airport for our flight back to Malaysia.
Bali was an experience, but next time it has to be either Lombok or the Gili Isles for snorkelling.

The daughter of the house

This place in Sanur had charm

You make foto?!

Sanuar beach  showing Mount Agung (an active volcano)
More Photos of Bali
For more photos of Bali just click here 

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