Adventures in Indonesia

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A Postcard from Bali

When you meet locals here they ask you “How long have you been in Bali?” Not, “How long have you been in Indonesia?” This is perhaps because the majority of tourists fly into Bali directly, as opposed to coming overland (or, more accurately, over-sea, from other parts of Indonesia), but I think it is also because locals self-identify as Balinese, rather than Indonesian, and see themselves as a very much a separate entity to the…

This man isn't in any of the stories, I just really like the photo!

Travel Snippets: The Goat Man, two taxi drivers and a rude laundry man.

This is, hopefully, the first of a new series. I have so many little encounters with people, but only a small percentage ever make their way onto here, as they are, more often than not, just singular events rather than part of a wider narrative. So I’m hoping this will be a way for me to tell these stories. Let me know what you think! The Goat Man, Yogyakarta When I was staying at Yabbiekayu,…

NEVER AGAIN | VISITING S21 AND THE KILLING FIELDS IN PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA | TRAVEL BLOG LINK-UP

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Tales from Myanmar

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Myanmar: The Useful Stuff 

Myanmar is changing so fast that up-to-date information about the country is hard to find. For instance, most of the guidebooks still say ATMs are scarce (they aren’t), and that the bus from Yangon to Bagan takes 8 to 9 hours (the road has been repaved and it now only takes 6). So this is all the useful information I could think of, all accurate from my trip in February / March 2015. I hope…

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A Tour of Inle Lake | Thoughts on Sustainability

A red and blue school bag hanging from a wooden post, reflected in the water. A woman, squatting on one of the wooden steps leading from the water up to her house, washing plates in a pale blue plastic bowl. The sound of pop music wafting in and out of earshot with the breeze. A tiny boy, standing at one end of a long wooden boat, carefully rowing between the houses. A man leaning over…

A POSTCARD FROM SINGAPORE

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Stylish Stays

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Bloo Lagoon Bali | Eco-friendly villas surrounded by ocean and sky | Boutique Hotel Review

A few years ago I went to see an exhibition of Mark Rothko’s paintings at the Tate Modern. It included, among other works from later in the artist’s life, The Seagram Murals: large wine-red and night-purple stained canvases that were originally commissioned for The Four Seasons Restaurant in New York. Standing in front of them was an oddly oppressive experience. The colours feel heavy and dulling on the heart, and their gigantic size allowed no…

Bambu Indah

Bambu Indah | An eco-luxury stay near Ubud | Boutique hotel review

My taxi pulled up outside Bambu Indah and I let out a little gasp of delight. I was in front of a three-storey, bamboo building unlike anything I had seen before, and in the afternoon light it was golden, warm and welcoming. I crossed over a little bridge into the reception, a hand-woven cocoon hung with strings of bright orange flowers which reminded me strongly of a beehive! It was already completely living up to…

Pages from my Travel Diary

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On learning to enjoy dining alone

I read a blog post recently which advised solo travellers to snack a lot, so they don’t have to eat out and therefore feel more alone. This, and one other piece of “advice” which I’ll write about separately, infuriated me. I mean, seriously? How miserable does that sound?  Sitting alone in your room munching on a cereal bar, rather than going out and eating some hot, delicious food? I’m going to break it to you,…

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On souvenirs and marital advice | Travel Link-up 

“Don’t come to Istanbul on your honeymoon. There is too much to see and then when you get back to your hotel you are too tired…” I don’t know about you but I rather enjoy a little bit of marital advice along with my souvenir purchases. I’d even go so far as to say I now expect it. This is because on both our trip to India, and our trip to Istanbul, Joe bought cushion…

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Bloo Lagoon Bali | Eco-friendly villas surrounded by ocean and sky | Boutique Hotel Review

A few years ago I went to see an exhibition of Mark Rothko’s paintings at the Tate Modern. It included, among other works from later in the artist’s life, The Seagram Murals: large wine-red and night-purple stained canvases that were originally commissioned for The Four Seasons Restaurant in New York. Standing in front of them was an oddly oppressive experience. The colours feel heavy and dulling on the heart, and their gigantic size allowed no…

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A cycle tour of Angkor Wat with Grasshopper Adventures

The flesh on the tops of my arms is wobbling. I’m trying to hold my arms stiff and strong as my whole body rattles. My mind is fully focused on the ground beneath the front wheel of my bike. Roots, buckled up out of the ground, are yielding and can be ridden straight over, rocks cannot and need to be avoided. Dark red earth and crumpled dried leaves. The only thing I’m thinking about is…

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Bambu Indah

Bambu Indah | An eco-luxury stay near Ubud | Boutique hotel review

My taxi pulled up outside Bambu Indah and I let out a little gasp of delight. I was in front of a three-storey, bamboo building unlike anything I had seen before, and in the afternoon light it was golden, warm and welcoming. I crossed over a little bridge into the reception, a hand-woven cocoon hung with strings of bright orange flowers which reminded me strongly of a beehive! It was already completely living up to…

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automat edited

On learning to enjoy dining alone

I read a blog post recently which advised solo travellers to snack a lot, so they don’t have to eat out and therefore feel more alone. This, and one other piece of “advice” which I’ll write about separately, infuriated me. I mean, seriously? How miserable does that sound?  Sitting alone in your room munching on a cereal bar, rather than going out and eating some hot, delicious food? I’m going to break it to you,…

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A Postcard from Bali

When you meet locals here they ask you “How long have you been in Bali?” Not, “How long have you been in Indonesia?” This is perhaps because the majority of tourists fly into Bali directly, as opposed to coming overland (or, more accurately, over-sea, from other parts of Indonesia), but I think it is also because locals self-identify as Balinese, rather than Indonesian, and see themselves as a very much a separate entity to the…

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This man isn't in any of the stories, I just really like the photo!

Travel Snippets: The Goat Man, two taxi drivers and a rude laundry man.

This is, hopefully, the first of a new series. I have so many little encounters with people, but only a small percentage ever make their way onto here, as they are, more often than not, just singular events rather than part of a wider narrative. So I’m hoping this will be a way for me to tell these stories. Let me know what you think! The Goat Man, Yogyakarta When I was staying at Yabbiekayu,…

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