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Nov 6, 2015 - Three Days in the Indian Ocean

We started out with plenty of rockin' and rollin'-which means 8' swells and a 30 knot apparent wind-making for a bumpy ride. There is nothing like open ocean for a bit of variety in the sailing experience. News from the Captain is our journey for three days will be more of the same plus a bit. We rode out a storm with a few showers, some 12' swells and an apparent wind of 59 knots. As a few of the Aussies said "rough night ahead, they put the bags out". Stabilizers must be working it is not too bad. They have closed the promenade to walking...

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Nov 3, 2015 - Finally our ship has come in!

Well, at least the one that will get us around Australia! After a very relaxing detour to the Westin with 14 other passengers, we can get on board. Seems they are going to eliminate the stop in Geraldton and instead continue on to Perth. That will be our next chance for Internet access unless I bite the bullet and pay the exorbitant price the ship charges for satellite (translate REALLY slow) Internet service. I will check in again in a few days. Cheerio until then.

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Nov 2, 2015 - Not what we expected

Following our en suite massage and a last breakfast overlooking the jungle and river, we left our relaxing villa called Seseh (say say) heard the staff refer to us with Babak John and Imu Christine, and headed for the Benoa port. Our driver did not know exactly where to go so he took us to the domestic port-no large ships there. A bit of concern but not panic yet. He asked a police officer who redirected us to a road we had passed. We retraced our journey and found someone who indicated how to get to where we needed to be. Still no ship in...

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Nov 2, 2015 - More photos than I can count

A couple anecdotes from yesterday's tour around. Petrol stations are few and far between in Bali, so many who live along the road have set up sales of fuel. Containers of gasoline are set up on a display for motorcycles to stop when their tanks are low. Handy for drivers who are a long way from a station and short on fuel. Next is the tale of my new BFF's. While wandering around the Lake Palace trying to find interesting photo opportunities, I come across a group of young women visiting from Malaysia. They were paused briefly in their photo...

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Nov 1, 2015 - Goa Gajah, Batik and Kayumanis villa

Well, typical of slow internet, tired typist and other traveling factors-my entire text disappeared. Hard enough to come up with something clever once much less twice-so here are the highlights: Goa Gajah-built in the 9th century as a sanctuary is referred to as the Elephant Cave because the entrance carving resembles an elephant. No elephants near by and not much of a cave but listed in the UNESCO World Heritage sites. The bathing pools at the entrance would not entice me to wash (but if they are there to scare off the demons as the guide...

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Nov 1, 2015 - Temple Ceremonies, Rice Paddies and Traffic

As we sit in a traffic jam caused by a funeral, ceremony and cremation, I will review todays photographic tour so far. Dean is our guide and he appreciates photo opportunities so stops on a dime (in the middle of the road) if we see something we think is photo-worthy. First back road we see some women harvesting rice. Dean says "this is it-REAL Bali" so we park in the road, dodge the motorbikes and cars and walk into the rice paddy. The men are gathered under the trees, appreciating shade and "supervising". The women are hard at work but...

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Oct 31, 2015 - Pandawa Beach, Uluwatu and Jimbaran

I had a few ideas about what to see, but wanted to check with our driver, Alung, and see what we could be accomplished given the traffic. (Alung said when asked about accidents, “yes, but they are from tourists”.) Apparently the Bali residents are accustomed to the chaos. So, after a brief discussion we decide to head to the newest beach (opened in 2013) and the biggest tourist attraction this direction. The government discovered that there was a great beach, but no beach access due to the enormous amount of rock. So they devised a plan to...

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Oct 30, 2015 - Conrad (as in Hilton)

Chosen for beach access, proximity to the airport for our late arrival, and points (of course), we are spending our first 2 nights at this beautiful property in a deluxe accommodation. We observed a beautiful wedding, had a very hot/humid walk on the beach, enjoyed the 85+˚ swimming pool and an immense breakfast buffet before starting our first tour with Alung-the driver I hired. Driving in Bali seems to be akin to driving in India. Something I am NOT going to try! Narrow roads, a million motorcycles, the wrong side of the road and no rules...

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Oct 29, 2015 - 787-Dreamliner

Our last flight in this long journey to Bali has, at least one redeeming factor-novelty. This aircraft is known for being lighter, more fuel efficient and the most technologically advanced aircraft in the world. So, though this leg is on a discount airline (Jetstar), and passengers pay for everything including soft drinks, snacks, meals (and those have to be pre-purchased-even for a 6.5 hour international flight!) and the entertainment system ( it is gate to gate costs $10 but has a cool feature where you can chat with someone in another...

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Oct 28, 2015 - Notes from 35,000 feet

As many of you know, I have been working on a credit card churn to collect points/miles for extending our retirement travel budget. It is a challenging hobby with the need for spread sheets and careful tracking but so far it has served us well in the first few free flights/hotels (think London for the hotel and the roundtrip air from home to London-Greece) but has not met my original intention of being able to fly business or first class to make it more comfortable and less stressful for international flights where upgrades are not...

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Oct 25, 2015 - 37 Days--but who is counting??

Each adventure has it's own challenges and this one is TIME. Due to a myriad of factors, we have never taken a really long trip. In fact, the longest ever was our recent trip to Greece at 23 days. This one is slated for 37! It seemed necessary as it is so FAR and the country is so BIG. John is not really sure how he feels about being gone for over 5 weeks (well, he MAY be sure but is unwilling to express it to me LOL). And then there is the 35 hour airplane undertaking to get to the starting point, Bali. We have eased the pain with...

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Mar 23, 2014 - Denpasar, Bali

Day 2 on Bali We had a little excitement to start the day today. The ship had to move last night so we needed to tender in today. Our tender broke down and we floated around near the ship for about 35 minutes. The hydraulics had gone and he could only go backwards. It took several attempts to get back to the ship but we made it and got on to another tender. Only an hour late we met our new driver. Our driver name is Yogi and his English is good and he has a good sense of humour. Today we headed straight north for Lake Bratan and the...

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