To celebrate my first day off work, I am indulging my wanderlust. First up, Lombok -in Indonesian island with pristine, stretching coastlines, clear turquoise waters and even its own active volcano. Think the quieter, less touristy Bali. Think snorkeling in the crystal waters (it’s right next to the Gili Islands) and camping on the rim of the crater. Think it’s pretty darn fantastic.
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Here’s the last of our Bali snippets. We loved Sari Organik for lunch in Ubud. It’s a little off the beaten path but you get to take a nice, leisurely 10-15 minute slow walk down to the restaurants through the rice paddies (we even entertained the dreamy fantasy of what it might be like to pack everything up and rent out one of the beautiful houses they have along the way). The food is good, the produce is local, organic, fair trade and grown on the gardens that they have on site (you can even pick your own produce from the garden and have them make it for you) and bonus, they have a ton of vegan/vegetarian options AND the smoothies are downright delicious. Definitely worth a visit if you’re down in Ubud.
On our last day, we took a cycling tour through the rice fields. Now, I haven’t been cycling in a while (not since I flipped over my bike and nearly sustained a head injury in Ubin) so needless to say, I was a little nervous getting on a bicycle. But the ride was easy enough, most of the ride was downhill, with only a few uphill climbs (which also made me realize how bad I am at changing gears). We got to learn some neat cultural things about Bali and enjoy a breezy bike ride through the villages.
Our last dinner in Bali was at Il Giardino, a quaint little Italian restaurant tucked in a small street off Jalan Kajeng. It’s situated in the Han Snel gardens (by the gallery) and if you make a reservation, you can get a table right by the lotus pond. A word of warning, in rainy season, the mosquitoes are aplenty – but the staff offered us some bug spray and put a mosquito coil by us and we were all set for the rest of the night. The food we had was delicious, the boy had chicken thigh al forno and I had the spinach tagliatelle, both of which were splendid. We have also heard rave reviews about the pumpkin ravioli and the gnocchi, so be sure to try some when you get there!
And there you have it, hope you’ve enjoyed the little snippets of Bali… we certainly miss being there!
Here are some Bali snippets like I promised!
We stayed our first night in Seminyak at the Royal Beach Seminyak – it’s pretty much just your regular run of the mill hotel, bonus being that it was right on the beach and a close enough walk to any of the clubs/bars that we were thinking of going to. But of course, having not planned ahead, our plans of crashing Ku De Ta or The Potatohead were dashed when we realized that both were closed all day to prepare for the New Year’s bash and that tickets were sold out days in advance (not that I was that willing to fork out $100 bucks for New Year’s party tickets anyway.. hah!).
So we settled in for a quick burger at Wah Wah (the vegetarian burger is pretty darn good). Then, spent some time at the beach watching the sun set and trying not to get swept up in the tide. After a late dinner, we went down to the beach for to ring in the New Year with a crazy fireworks display (the fireworks had already started at around 6pm and increased exponentially towards midnight). There were fireworks everywhere, every second, going off in every direction… it was ridiculous! I think it did work out for the best – being on the beach was crazy but also kind of chilled out, which is definitely my favourite way of celebrating New Years. And then of course, New Years came around a second time, the next morning when we skyped the family during their Halifax countdown (pirate hats and all).
Happy New Year, lovelies!
We just got back from Bali so here’s a little firework footage & a few teeny snippets of where we celebrated new year’s, Balinese-style!
Vacation snippets up once I catch my breath!