Bali has been a surprise. I thought Bali was going to be more rural, green, rice fields as far as you could see and hippies.
But the Kuta area in Bali was lively, there were restaurants, shops, beach clubs and rice fields in one mixture.
We were unlucky with the weather, i.e. it is the rainy season and it has rained from 3 pm every day. Really rained.
But we have had our friends here, so it has been great fun anyway!
We have been to the beach, Finns beach club, to restaurants, had boy’s night out and girl’s day shopping. Also played in the pools, played chase in the house, played Pictionary, we went on a day tour and saw rice fields, art, tried coffee and temples, been drinking wine, laughed! So much fun.
And the best part is that we are seeing them all again tomorrow 😊
They all went home two days earlier than us, but we are staying with Pat and Kim tomorrow in KL, so we will see them all then.
Baby Cian was the cutest little baby around and Henry has been playing lots with Rohan as well.
They all left unfortunately feeling ill. All the men including all the little boys were sick the last night. I don’t know what it was, but they were all ill.
The Wines family went to see some monkeys today at the monkey jungle. Great fun until it started to pour down!
It is difficult to say if we will come back to Bali again because we have so many other wonderful places to compare with, like Fiji and Samoa, great islands and lots more to offer I think. But maybe we will come back, go to a different area and experience a different side of Bali.
Four days in Sydney is not enough! 2 weeks is probably more like it, but we have limited time.
We have managed to take an Nightly Australian animal tour outside Sydney that started at midday and ended midnight. We have walked around Sydney and seen the parks, The Sydney Opera house, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and a few shops. And we have also managed to see the Zoo.
The Animal tour was great! We got picked up in a mini bus and taken about 1,5 hours south of Sydney where we went for a walk to find some Koalas. A couple of days ago they saw a sick one and they were trying to catch it to take it to the vet. But sadly, we couldn’t find it.
We saw one koala but not the right one. After that we saw Kangaroos, platypus, wombats, bats, some birds, possums, dear and wallabies.
The most exciting was platypus! It is so rare to see in the wild that most Aussies have not seen one.
Henry did very well and did not fall asleep until we were on our way home.
That was the best tour we have done so far on our adventures. The people taking us were very knowledgeable, we got fed afternoon tea and they took us to the oldest pub in Australia for a meal and they were very helpful.
On our last full day we went to the Zoo, it was Henrys idea. It was a big zoo, they had all the cool animals but the areas where they kept the animals were quite small and the animals looked sad.
We took a boat there in the morning and we had been told that they left 9.45, unfortunately they had told us the wrong time and we had to take one boat around the corner and then wait nearly an hour until the next one that would take us to the zoo.
All in all, it was a good day, but I wouldn’t recommend to go there, there are so many other nice things to do in Sydney. We finished the day of by having a play in the park. They have put a water play area right next to the playpark and it is great, so Henry stripped of and had about an hour play.
We flew to Bali last night and I can’t wait to have some proper heat again, beach and pool time and the best of it all some friends time! Our friends are coming to stay with us and it will be lovely to see some friendly faces.
In the Blue mountains we did two really cool things, one was swinging in the trees and the second one was visiting the Scenicworld.
First time we tried taking Henry to one of these swinging in the trees things he was too young, just 3 days before his birthday. Now he is 4 he could do it and he loved it! Unfortunately, he was a bit short and couldn’t reach the clips properly, so I had to do it with him. But that was ok, I just walked behind him and moved his clip around. He did all the climbing, swinging and jumping by himself. On some of them he thought he was funny though and flew between the trees and then swung back to the middle so I then had to swing to the middle, get him and me to the other side.
Henry and I just did the kid track while Stephen was up doing the proper tracks. Climbing and flying about 25 meters up in the air. He also jumped down from a platform about 15 meters up in the air holding on to I wire.
We all had so much fun and will definitely do it again. And boy did we all ache the day after!
Scenic world was a bit calmer than that. We took a cable car down from the top of the mountain, walked through the rainforest and then took the steepest train in the world back up the mountain.
We walked around for about 40 minutes playing hide and seek on the walkway and trying to find some snakes to scare Stephen with.
Then we waited for the train and was lucky enough to get the front seats on the way up again. I say lucky, but I didn’t know what to expect so when the doors closed, and Stephen said, “lets tilt the seats” I was a bit confused. But then the train went straight up the cliff and through the mountain so in the end all you saw was a tiny little light at the end of the tunnel. All I’m saying is thank god, we didn’t do it on the way down because then I think I would be scared stupid! Great day.
We are in Sydney at the moment and will move to Bali tomorrow.
I will do another post tomorrow what we have seen and done here. Sydney has been good. It’s a huge city and has lots to offer.
This morning we left Hunter Valley. There were fields and fields of grapes that they turn into wine.
We tried some local wine yesterday evening for dinner with a nice steak in one of the pubs out in the countryside. It was a great dinner.
We also did some riding yesterday morning. All three of us had our own horse, well Henry had a pony and we went out for a ride around the area. Henry did so well. It was only a half an hour walk but he sat there the whole time talking to the lady leading his pony- Georgie. I was very proud of him. We saw both wallabies and Kangaroos along the way, but the horses didn’t even care.
Henry really loved it and I hope we can do that again because it is a lovely way to see an area.
We did say that maybe me and Henry start riding in Stavanger when we move back.
After that we went to have lunch in a little café and then went and played crazy golf. It is not a great idea to do these things because we are all very competitive and love to win. Even Henry.
But in the end Stephen won, then me and Henry did it all by himself and he actually managed most holes with three hits. We also tried hitting the balls into nets in a pond for prices but no luck there.
Today we had a long drive to the Blue Mountains and have had a few stops on the way.
8 years ago Stephen and I visited Brisbane. Stephen went there for work and I tagged along for a little holiday during my Uni summer break. It was great!
This time it was slightly different. First of all, we had Henry with us. It was so exciting showing him all the places me and Stephen went to. And second of all it had changed so much, I know it has been 8 years, but still. There was a whole new area now that was amazing. They had so many cool restaurants! We went out for some Spanish Paella and Sangria last night, but we could have had Greek, Turkish, Italian, Lebanese or American!
Oh I love Brisbane!
I have always said that I want to live there at some point in my life. Hopefully that will happen.
8 years ago, Stephen and I went to a restaurant along the river. We didn’t know anything about it and just picked it because they had a free table. I was still in my beach clothes and Stephen was in his shorts and T-shirt. We got a table at the front and ordered some food. The food came and it was cold soup as a starter, little did I know then but it was supposed to be cold.
We looked around us and everyone was dressed up to their teeth and we found out it was the opening night for one of the famous Australian celebrity chefs! People at Stephens work didn’t know how we managed to get a table as it has been booked out for months!
We laughed so much thinking about it, the state we were in, they had even asked to take our jackets, but we said no we can hang them on our chairs! Ha ha ha
We walked past it last night and it was empty. But apparently still very popular.
This morning we got on a flight to Newcastle. We are now in Hunter Valley working our way down towards Sydney.