Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Looking Back On Bali

*Image Heavy - But it's definitely worth the look!*

Wow! What a week I've had... It always seems to be the case that whenever I go away on a holiday (however brief) I come home and absolutely everything has changed! I must admit it took me a few days to settle back down and get into the swing of things. I finally had some spare time last night to upload all the wonderful photos I took. There were over 550 in just a week so that's definitely some sort of a record for me. After some careful sifting, I ended up with a handful of really great images and a hell of a lot of post-holiday blues. I won't write about the entire trip in one post (I'll be here all night) but I'll break it up and share some of the exciting things we got up to over the next week. So here goes Part I...

I arrived in Denpasar, Bali at 9pm Friday night and made it through customs fairly easily. However, no one had warned me about the posters... and so when I arrived at the baggage collection point and saw a bunch of men in uniform crowding around the luggage I started to panic. And despite knowing that there was no way I had any drugs on me... all I could think was "that's it I'm going to prison". As I was walking I soon realised that these guys were merely carrying my bags for me, and naturally this is going to mean I should tip them. I had no problem with that... the problem I had was that I hadn't any Indonesian money yet, nor did I know the conversion rate! So as a result of my naivety, the men who walked up approximately ten meters ended up with $60 Australian dollars. I don't even make that much in tips from one customer during my busiest night at the bar! Bali Dudes - 1, Sucker Tourist (a.k.a Me) - 0.

Next came the challenge of getting from the airport to my hotel. Without knowing how far away it was, or even in which direction I was getting super frustrated. Luckily enough I found a nice man to take me there for a reasonable price. It was about 10pm  by the time I had checked into the hotel and settled into my rooms...

I spent the first day in Bali riding around on a scooter to various bars & cafes to make a couple of  dinner reservations. After all the errands were done, I headed to Body Works for a full body massage. And seriously guys, it was just that. Back and front. All over my body. I was a little bit hesitant to enjoy it at first, but after a few minutes I just let the beautiful music and aromas take over and fell into complete relaxation. I don't think my massage could have been timed any more perfect... It set the pace for the next fews days to come. 

The following days in Bali are almost a blur to me now... Three consecutive days of swimming, sun-baking and drinking fantastic tasting cocktails by the pool. I've never really got into that whole resort type lifestyle whilst on holidays (I'm usually the sight-seeing touristy type) but my gosh, looking back I am so glad I did it. The days seemed to last forever and I was completely at ease. Oh what I would give to be back there right now... 

Here are some photos from those first few days... 

Possibly one of my favorite days was spent at a beach club called Potato Head... This place was amazing! The entire outside of the building was made from old window shutters, and inside they had the most adorable miss-matched vintage pieces. The day beds were super comfortable and the cocktails were fantastic!

Sunset dinners were another personal highlight. Living on the East Coast of Australia means that I have never been able to watch the sun set over the water... So I made sure I got to see most of them here! 

I walked around with my camera by my side most days because there was always something wonderful to capture! Here are some Bali sights... 

I ended up doing a little bit of the touristy stuff... check back for my next posts featuring some little fury friends, exotic coffee's, sea turtles and a volcanic lunch adventure. (I promise to make them less image heavy). 


  1. No way, keep the images coming! Just looking at this post has me feeling all relaxed and vacation-y haha

  2. more pictures!! haha loved this post, makes me want to go to bali so bad


  3. Looks like a true island paradise. Ughhh...a little jealous though. I feel like I need a vacation now.

  4. Wow! Looks like you had an amazing time! I'm heading over in a couple of months, and these beautiful pictures have made me even more excited! xx

  5. I am SO jealous! It's getting so cold here, I would looove to go on a warm trip :) Looks like you had an amazing time!

  6. Looks like you had an amazing time lovely! Can't wait to see more :) xox

  7. such peacefulness & majestic colors in your photographs!


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