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2019 OCTOBER 19, 20 & 21, INDONESIA, BALI, Sanur Beach

the relax continues, then we change islands

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SATURDAY 19TH OCTOBER 2019, DAY 120

Hotel pool day, only heading out for cocktails and food.

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SUNDAY 20TH OCTOBER 2019, DAY 121

Same today as yesterday.

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MONDAY 21ST OCTOBER 2019, DAY 122

Time for another change of scenery. We depart Bali Island today to fly to Lombok Island. As our flight was late afternoon, we spent the day at a Nusa Dua Beach.

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Our flight was delayed so we spent a bit of time at the airport trying to amuse ourselves.

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By the time we arrived in Lombok and were transferred to our hotel, it was time to head across the road for a pizza dinner.

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2019 OCTOBER 18, INDONESIA, BALI, Sanur Beach

A day trip to mix it up

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FRIDAY 18TH OCTOBER 2019, DAY 119

Today we threw in a day tour to mix things up a bit, couple of beach stops, ending with sunset on Kuta Beach.

PANDAWA BEACH - we went for a swim but there was a strong undertow.

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DREAMLAND BEACH - water looked beautiful, but way too rough to swim in the ocean. we had lunch in a nice little warung near the beach.

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NUSA DUA BEACH
- much nicer, we spent a few hours here and dipped in the water several times.

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KUTA BEACH - sunset beers with the masses.

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2019 OCTOBER 16 & 17, INDONESIA, Sanur Beach

couple of days by Sanur Beach


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WEDNESDAY 16TH OCTOBER 2019, DAY 117

A change of scenery, but the next couple of days were much of the same. Beach/pool time, lemon beers/cocktails and great food!

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THURSDAY 17TH OCTOBER 2019, DAY 118

More of the same today, ending with a fun cocktail session at sunset.

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2019 OCTOBER 15, INDONESIA, Ubud day trip

Day trip out of Ubud

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TUESDAY 15TH OCTOBER 2019, DAY 116

We had a full day out today.

First stop, ALAS HARUM where we tried LUWAK COFFEE.

Kopi luwak or civet coffee is a coffee made from the beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by the Asian Palm Civet and other related civets, then passed through its digestive tract. Not-really-digested, then pooped out, collected up, cleaned, roasted and ground for our drinking pleasure. A civet eats the berries for their fleshy pulp. In its stomach, proteolytic enzymes seep into the beans, making shorter peptides and more free amino acids. Passing through a civet's intestines the beans are then defecated, keeping their shape. After gathering, thorough washing, sun drying, light roasting and brewing, these beans yield an aromatic coffee with much less bitterness, widely noted as the most expensive coffee in the world.

We were not sure how much of the shit was removed from the coffee, cause we all - bar Wendy - thought the coffee tasted like shit! These animals are nocturnal and they are only in the cages during the day while they sleep. They are let out at night into the wild and have be trained to return at dawn to a big feed of red coffee berries, which they love. So during the day they poop out the undigested coffee beans which are then collected to make the Luwak Coffee.

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Second stop, TEMPAK SIRING - THE HOLY SPRING WATER TEMPLE - where Miss April and I entered the water and were cleansed under the springs.

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Third stop, TEGALALANG RICE TERRACE, the valley of the rice terraces where we stopped to enjoy the view and have a great lunch. Lyn and I ventured down into the rice fields.

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Fourth stop, TEGENUNGAN WATERFALL, where Lyn, Miss A and I were the only ones to brave the steps down and swim in the water below.

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GREAT DAY OUT!

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2019 OCTOBER 14 , INDONESIA, Ubud

We love you Ubud, oh yes we do!

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MONDAY 14TH OCTOBER 2019, DAY 115

It's a hot day in Ubud again today.

Lyn, Oskar and I went for a walk around the centre of Ubud, past the monkey forest. No need to pay to go inside the monkey forest, there are enough of the cheeky buggers out on the street. Regular refreshments were necessary.

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Regular refreshments were necessary - coffee happy hour.

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Bruin beer o'clock:
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And this was the day Wendy had her fall and trip to the doctor.

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2019 OCTOBER 12 & 13 INDONESIA, Ubud

Time for some R & R

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SATURDAY 12TH OCTOBER 2019, DAY 113

Out and about around town. Lotus Garden. Radlers. Pool. Massages.

It's hot again so some pool time after breakfast at our hotel.

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We did brave the heat and went for a walk to the Ubud Lotus Garden in the main street.

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Then a few beers to cool off.

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SUNDAY 13TH OCTOBER 2019, DAY 114

A walk through the Subak Juwak Manis rice fields, stopped for a drink.

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Another quick look at the lotus garden, more flowers out today than yesterday.

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Happy hour coffee at Mingle Cafe.

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The night ended with cocktails and dinner at Mingle Café.

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2019 OCTOBER 08 to 11, INDONESIA, Java

Java Road Trip day 6, 7 & 8

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TUESDAY 8TH OCTOBER, DAY 109

Another hot day, we visited another temple complex.

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Borobudur
Borobudur, or Barabudur is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple in Magelang Regency, not far from the town of Muntilan, in Central Java, Indonesia.
It is the world's largest Buddhist temple.
The temple consists of nine stacked platforms, six square and three circular, topped by a central dome.
It is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. The central dome is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues, each seated inside a perforated stupa.

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After a quick look around the shopping street in Yogykarta (we didn't buy anything) we headed back to the hotel for a dip in the pool and a relaxing afternoon.

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WEDNESDAY 9TH OCTOBER, DAY 110

Today we had a massive driving day all the way across Java. A very early start and a late finish, we spent the day in the van.

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THURSDAY 10TH OCTOBER, DAY 111

To recover from yesterdays long drive, we crossed over back onto the island of Bali and had a relax day back at Pemuteran Beach.

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FRIDAY 11TH OCTOBER, DAY 112

Our last day on our Java tour, on our way to Ubud, we stopped at the Twin Lakes lookout to watch the monkeys.

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We stopped for BABI GULING lunch!

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2019 OCTOBER 05 TO 07, INDONESIA, JAVA

Java Road Trip day 3, 4 & 5

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SATURDAY 5TH OCTOBER 2019 DAY 106

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Today we had a big drive to get into the mountains near at Mt Bromo National Park. We checked into our hotel and chillaxed for the rest of the day.

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It was a lot colder up at this altitude and we all bought beanies to wear tonight, but mostly for tomorrow. As tomorrow we are heading up Mt Bromo to watch the sunrise!

SUNDAY 6TH OCTOBER 2019, DAY 107

Up at 2.30am to drive up to the top of Mt Bromo to watch the sunrise. Us and 500 other Toyota Land Cruisers full of tourists (mainly Indonesians).

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There were huge crowds at the top of the mountain which was a little surprising to me. Sure it was a great sunrise, but just great. And it's not like it was a reward after trekking up to top of the mountain, everyone there had arrived in a motor vehicle that waited in line to get to the top and then searched for a non existing car park. Not quite sure why this sunrise attracts so many viewers.

It was cold and very dusty, hence the face masks. Before returning to attempt to find our vehicles for the winding trip back down the mountain, we stopped at one of the little refreshment shacks to have a warming drink.

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We waited roadside for our lifts to find us, then joined the still existing line up down the hill.

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It was cold, but not freezing as we expected. Personally, I prefer SUNSET to sunrise, the timing and all! But this was quite an experience. After the sunrise we stopped in the SAVANNAH VALLEY for a couple of photos.

Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, known locally as Taman Nasional Bromo Tengger Semeru (TNBTS) is a national park located in East Java, Indonesia.
It is the only conservation area in Indonesia that has a sand sea,[2] the Tengger Sand Sea (Indonesian: Laut Pasir Tengger), across which is the caldera of an ancient volcano (Tengger) from which four new volcanic cones have emerged. This unique feature covers a total area of 5,250 hectares at an altitude of about 2,100 meters (6,900 ft).[2] The massif also contains the highest mountain in Java,[3] Mount Semeru (3,676 meters (12,060 ft)), four lakes and 50 rivers. It is named after the Tengger tribe. An erg (also sand sea or dune sea, or sand sheet if it lacks dunes) is a broad, flat area of desert covered with wind-swept sand with little or no vegetative cover.

The Tengger Sand Sea has been protected since 1919. The Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park was declared a national park in 1982.

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MONDAY 7TH OCTOBER 2019, DAY 108

Another big drive day today, we left Bromo and headed to Yogyakarta, via a stop off at Prambanan Temple.

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Prambanan Temple Compound
Prambanan or Rara Jonggrang is a 9th-century Hindu temple compound in Special Region of Yogyakarta, Indonesia, dedicated to the Trimūrti, the expression of God as the Creator, the Preserver and the Transformer. The temple compound is located approximately 17 kilometres northeast of the city of Yogyakarta on the boundary between Central Java and Yogyakarta provinces.

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