A family reunion in Indonesia
09.08.2014 - 25.08.2014 32 °C
After packing up our Melbourne apartment and waving goodbye to our jobs, it was time to journey to Bali for two weeks in the sun with Amiee's family. It meant a change in our plans and we had no idea what we would now do on our return to Oz, but we could think of nothing better than being reunited with some family exactly 6 months into our trip!
Two years ago, when we first began planning our year of globetrotting and after Amiee discovered her new favourite film "Eat, Pray, Love", we put the pin in the map over Indonesia. Getting closer and closer to the departure date the plans changed a million times and the pin was taken out again to spend more time in India and Nepal.
Over numerous Skype sessions we joked with the family about coming to meet us, but as Oz was out of their budget we never expected to be seeing them. Then talks turned to meeting in Bali. Return of the Pin.
After working in the gloomy, cold weather of Melbourne we were so excited to spend some time relaxing in the sun, and even MORE excited to see family. Needless to say, when we burst through the villa doors to greet them, it was very very very emotional.
We spent the first week of our holiday in a private villa in Seminyak. It was beautiful with our own pool and a short walk away from the beach. Seminyak is full of fancy restaurants and boutiques, and was always extremely busy with tourists (those kind of places we now hate after travelling remote places). We spent a lot of time on the beach, where the boys enjoyed surf lessons and body boarding on the giant waves. Other days were spent touring the island with a private driver. We were keen to get away from the tourist areas and see some traditional Balinese culture. We visited the bird and reptile park before a trip through rural Balinese villages to a spectacular viewpoint over volcano Mount Batur. We learnt about the beautiful rice terraces and our driver, Samy, answered all of our questions about Balinese culture and traditions. A trip to Bali wouldn't be complete without visiting the famous Monkey Temple in Ubud. We bought a few bunches of bananas which were gone in seconds after we were jumped by a mob of hungry monkeys!
We also had some fun water rafting through the rivers which ran through Ubud's valleys. We had a six man raft and had to manoeuvre our way through the rapids, getting soaking wet and jumping in along the way. An afternoon spent at the elephant safari park was amazing. We fed the elephants and watched the show before going on a safari around grounds.
We moved to a villa complex in the Legian area for our second week, where we were a lot closer to the beach, bars and restaurants. We ate out at lots of nice sunset spots and had many Bintangs. We also taught the family how to play Yaniv, an Israeli card game we learnt on the farm in Nepal, and it wasn't long before everyone was hooked. We explored the quieter beaches of the south coast as well as Turtle Island, a turtle conservation project where we got to hold the sea turtles and some other animals. Uluwatu temple was another beautiful visit. The temple building was perched on the edge of a coastal cliff and the views were amazing. The monkeys here were particularly vicious! One of our last days was spent visiting the Waterbom water park, where we had a blast on all the different slides and chilled in the lazy river.
We loved Bali, especially our trips into the rural areas, where we would love to spend more time if we return in the future. We had an amazing two weeks in the sun and can't thank the family enough for their journey to the other side of the world to see us! Get ready for our adventures on the East Coast of Oz!