Friday, December 8th, 2023

Queuing at an ATM today, blazing heat, inferior intelligence people in front of me clearly never having used an ATM in a foreign country before. Whilst queuing a guy comes up trying to sell newspapers. He’s got a number of Aussie newspapers he’s trying to sell. When I say no to them, he pulls some […]

Served every day. I like the stand:

No, we’re not talking Cafe Nero in Cambridge, but instead a find here in Bali. Visited a coffee plantation, well not just a coffee plantation but also cocoa: Throw in a few cockerels in cages ‘being trained for fighting’ just to satisfy the tourist hunger for something gruesome and you’ve got a perfect money maker. […]

First stop on the tour the other day was a temple. Indonesian temples are quite boring to look at compared to Buddhist ones, very basic in nature and grey in construction (i.e. no colour) which gets black over time. I learned that they have cock fighting at temple events, I explained to the guide that […]

Holidays are not complete without some form of sporting activity. For most that would a game of beach volleyball, maybe a couple of rounds of golf, rounders, or otherwise. In my case, it’s tennis. Not your usual form of tennis, but fly killing tennis. I discovered this bat when I arrived ! It’s amazing. You […]

Pretty heavy rain in Bali…

Being in a foreign country involves the obligatory day tour. Over the years I’ve come up with a reasonable formula for day tours: 1. Book a personal 1:1 tour. There are a couple of reasons for this. Firstly, you don’t have to deal with the annoying people who tend to be late or get lost […]

Dinner last night at a traditional Balinese restaurant. I like the format here where if you are going to a restaurant they will pick you up and drop you off at the hotel. The venue- a set of small villa type areas that (thankfully) are covered over: The main course: Close-up of the pork ribs […]

A few random things so far from the holiday: Ice cream cups – I really like the clever (and eco friendly) approach to ice cream cups made of wafer: A small basket brought to your sun lounger, comprising water, cold towel, and a cold water spray: Crackers you get anytime you sit down and have […]

Not the best pics in the world (honestly) but a few pics of sunrise the other morning: