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April 22, 2012

Bali Runs

Filed under: Running — scotsabroad @ 6:29 pm

A whirlwind return to Bali this weekend for the Bali Marathon. Just a fantastic run. Half marathon started in the dark at 5:30 am. Wonderful going through the villages to be met by most of the population cheering and throwing flower petals at the runners. Hot and hilly. I felt I was running well but several glances at the watch didn’t show this – came home in 1:56. Be back next year.

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April 14, 2012

Beach Boys

Filed under: Holidays,Indonesia — scotsabroad @ 2:17 pm

 We have just returned from an Easter break to Bali. Can’t really complain. We hired a dilapidated car and drove (slowly) around the island. Our first few days were at Ubud. The Globetrotter Travel Guide describes Ubud as being “for visitors who want to experience Bali, not just stay in another tropical beach resort”. Nice try but being in the heart of the island it does not have a beach. However, if this was the cultural heart of the island it was disappointing to say the least. It needed a beach. The first day we visited the Monkey forest and Ubud Palace and then planned the following day – to the beach at Canggu. A lovely morning was spent jumping surf despite smashing the car’s mirror avoiding oncoming traffic. (Shona says we need to give Ubud another chance – the shopping was brilliant!) The accommodation wasn’t.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We then headed off to the North and Lovina where there was not much of a beach, a small strip of washed-out grey and black volcanic sand. We spent a few days exploring the area looking for Hindu temples. We visited the waterfall at Gitgit, spotting enormous butterflies and colourful dragonflies and the wonderful hot springs, Air Panas Banjar. Eight stone Naga (half human, half serpent) pour warm, cloudy-green water into the first pool.

Our final few days were spent South at Balian Beach. A pounding surf and wide beaches on either side of the surf beach took a few days to explore. As well as a lot of beautiful shells there was a lot of interesting flotsam on the beach that included a huge selection of single flip-flops. An enjoyable few hours were spent creating our floppy palm tree on the sand. When we returned in the evening our artwork had been stolen! A good few days in the sun. I don’t know if the island is reaching saturation point in terms of population and traffic. This was not high season but travelling was slow, the roads were packed and shrouded in clouds of diesel. It took us nearly four hours to travel from Balian to the airport, a journey of 37 kilometers.

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