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Sep 9, 2011 - More photos

Another day in paradise, but geez, it's hot and humid. My 3 friends decided to go on a snorkeling excursion, but the sea looked too choppy for me and I wanted to lie low and read my book. I'm attaching more photos. The food has been delicious at the various places. We have breakfast included in the hotel, but small cafes off-site have much cheaper prices and are usually run by a small family so we like to give them our business. Bali is primarily Hindu and there are lots of statues and offerings everywhere. The people are gracious and...

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Bali, Indonesdia

Feb 15, 2011 - Candi Dasa, Bali

Suitcases packed again we left Lovina & headed up into the mountains again. This time to visit Kintamani see an active volcano at Lake Batur. Some really beautiful scenery along the way. We stopped at Besakih to visit the Mother Temple on the slopes of Mount Agung, but as we have been to this one before, & in view of yesterdays exertions, we decided not to ascend the multitude of steps that went ever higher inside the temple. We contented ourselves with just wandering around the outer gardens & buying a couple of sarongs. We then descended...

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Apr 20, 2010 - Candidasa (Bali)

Candidasa was not a planned stop but after 36 hours on Indonesian buses and boats I needed a decent meal and a bed and the guide book talked favourably about the place. I found somewhere offering accommodation by the sea. I was shown a room, which was indeed just metres from the sea. As I walked in there was a huge cockroach on the bed. The lady showing me the room chased this cockroach, smacking it with a towel until eventually she killed it and then as if nothing had happened she casually asked if I wanted the room. I obviously said yes,...

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Jan 5, 2010 - THANK YOU - Bali Palms Resort Staff and Management

I know a few of you have sent emails wondering where I am and why I haven’t been writing, and for that I am truly sorry. We have not had much luck with wi-fi lately, and Cory and Elaine have been going out to Internet cafes to check out emails and facebook. As I use the laptop for my entries it is imperative that I have wifi. I am hoping that I will have access to it in Australia. Yes, it is hard to believe that today is the day we travel once again. This time we are off to Australia. But first let me tell you about our final day in Bali....

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Dec 31, 2009 - Happy New Year

Happy Anniversary to Cory and Elaine. It is hard to imagine that 17 years ago they were in the Cook Islands preparing to say I do in front of two ministers. One who only spoke French and Maori and one from New Zealand who spoke Maori and English. It seems that these two don’t do anything normally. It was another beautiful routine day here. We had a nap in the afternoon so that we would be able to stay up until midnight. The transformation at Bali Shangri la was even more impressive than Christmas at BPR. The staff had gone all out and...

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Dec 25, 2009 - Merry Christmas

December 25, 2009 As we sit here in Candi dasa, Bali, Indonesia, it is hard to believe that Christmas is here. We have already received via the internet a number of Christmas letters, and thought we would give the idea a try. It is hard to believe that 9 months ago we left Hope to begin a journey that would take us to many places in the world. We have done our best to record our journey in our trip journal, but we would like to take this opportunity to share a few thoughts. We do miss our family and friends that we have left behind, and...

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Dec 24, 2009 - Christmas in Bali

We headed over to Bali Shangri La for Christmas Eve dinner. We joined our table with Warren and Courtney. This father and daughter were on vacation from Australia. It was a lovely evening with Balinese dancing entertainment, and a lovely meal including roast turkey, cranberry sauce and gravy. There was also traditional Balinese food. It was not a late night, and before long we were back at the BPR. We woke up Christmas morning and the place was bustling and hustling as the staff was busy preparing for the Grand Open/ Christmas party. As...

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Dec 22, 2009 - Bali Palms Resort

We booked with the same travel company to drive us to Candi dasa. It was actually quite a challenge to find a place to stay for Christmas and New Years, as Bali is a very popular holiday season destination. We considered ourselves quite fortunate to find the Bali Palms Resort for $45.00 a night including breakfast, and booked ourselves in until January 3. 2009. There was a spot on the reservation form to indicate your arrival time. We put 3:00 pm down not really sure of how long it would take to get there. Once we were on our way, we...

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Dec 21, 2009 - Tour

Our driver picked us up after breakfast to take us to the Australian consulate so we could make arrangements for our visa. The consulate sent us over to the visa office. Having the driver was already proving valuable, as we would have been completely lost. All excited now, about getting the application filled out, and getting our visa in our passport. Some of the countries have really cool visas. We were informed by the staff at the visa office that because we are Canadians we are eligible to apply online, and it is strongly encouraged....

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Dec 10, 2009 - Plans for the Holidays

We met up with Allison on Pub Street and went for a bite to eat and catch up. When we met Allison she was just beginning her 18 month travel journey. We spent some time hanging out together and checking out some of the markets. It was good to hang out with her. While we were enjoying our time in Siem Reap discussions started about where to spend Christmas and New Years? As Cory and Elaine are celebrating their 17th wedding anniversary on New Years Eve, they decided they wanted to be somewhere tropical. I am not sure what they call this...

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Dec 9, 2009 - Siem Reap

One of the must see places on our list was Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia. We had seen a model of the massive temple at Wat Po in Bangkok. Time seemed to be moving very quickly and our travel pace has certainly picked up since leaving Thailand. I had no idea when we left home that we would spend 10 weeks in Thailand. The original plan had been to spend an equal amount of time in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Once Cory and Elaine recognized that they would be returning to Thailand they realized that some of the things they missed...

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Dec 7, 2009 - Luang Prabang

I haven’t really decided what to make of Luang Prabang. I am not sure what category the people are. I think there is a fairly good mix of all categories. The Laos people are incredibly friendly. Yes they stop you on the street when you are walking along, but don’t hassle, and thank you, and wish you a pleasant holiday. There are many temples here. It is amazing, and one would probably have to spend a couple of months if they were to see everyone. On our first night we decided to head to the night market to check it out. Our trip was...

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