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No place like home...Thank goodness !!! For those of you that know us, you'll already know the story, basically we decided that we've both worked enough (I've been working for 11 years, Danielle for 11 Months) and that we deserve some long overdue R&R and decided to take in some sights....enjoy

Sun, Surf and Sandcastles

INDONESIA | Monday, 16 April 2007 | Views [1029] | Comments [3]

So, since we last blogged a couple of weeks ago (to be honest we've
lost all concept of time/days etc) we've thought it best to update you on all of our travels since Lovina.

We left Lovina but the relative normality of a bemo and started the
trip to Kuta throught the mountains of ----, as normal the driving was
firstclass, with the driver 'carefully' avoiding potholes and speeding up
when a precarious ledge loomed, we thankfully arrived in Kuta, only to
be told that we'd have to walk the last mile to the hotel or pay extra
money, surprisingly Danielle offered to walk (I'm still getting over

After one night in a midrange hotel, James decided that we had to rough
it to a homestay hut in poppies lane I (Bali Diva). Kuta itself is very
touristly and surfy filled mainly with Austrailians, we spent most of
our time there on the beach and wandering the streets (looking for
clothing if the truth be known).

We visited the memorial site of the 2002 bombings, which is just down the road from the nightclub where the bombings took place, it didn't look a good club so we avoided going in...On our last day in Kuta we hired some boogeyboards and hit the surf (for all of an hour), not massive waves but enough to scare Danielle, but we both managed to catch a wave or two so it was good fun. In the evening we went to a mexican, just down the lane from our homestay, had an excellent meal, althought the most costly of the trip. We met up with two drunk aussies, who's opening line to us was 'if you two are bored of each other, come and join us' charming! We stayed in the resturant for the rest of the night with the aussies, and ended up a little tipsy (which wasn't good as we had to be up at 530 the next day for our trip to Lombok).

As usual, where transport is involved the trip was a long and arduous,
involving a 5 hour ferry crossing from Bali to Lombok. On the ferry we
met Albert and Ivan (both from France) and Lisa (from old blighty), the
exchanging of stories and some helpful advice from Lisa made the time
pass a lot quicker, so much so Danielle forgot to put any suncream on
until too late and is as, we type this (on our blackberry, on a beautiful beach in Gili Meno) as red as a lobster (she's my lobster!).

The bemo / boat ride to Gili Meno wasn't too eventful, we stopped in
the mountains to look at the monkeys, got harrased by everyone in the
village, until we bought something at the 'port' to the gili's and then
got dropped abandonded from the boat onto a deserted beach (we've not kidding, just white sands and clear seas - see the photos)....

So that's us up to date, today we've snorkelled the reefs just off Gili
Meno, walked around the island, and now a young kid is just chopping a
fresh pinapple up for Danielle, so she can eat off the stem for 10'000
Indonesia Rupiahs - about 50pence).

Hope you're all enjoying the photos and the blogs, we're missing u all
loads, but suppose we can't complain too much.


Tags: Beaches & sunshine




Hi you two. Enjoying reading your progress, sounds fantastic, but your journeys between places sound longer than you expected, all part of the adventure I suppose. Had lots of visitors here, building up to my return to UK, including Phil from just down the road ! Looking forward to catching you up in Kyoto, which by all accounts is a beautiful city and your many updates before that. Football building up to an interesting climax and hope the three British clubs can learn to share !

  mr. malcolm Apr 19, 2007 8:48 AM


hello james & danielle. glad to see you are enjoying sand sea and surf,sounds like paradise.the transport sounds very exciting ,but it has to be better than sitting on the M25 surely.we are on our third week of sun and unusally high temps(so we to have blue skies)here in uk.it's good being on nights can sleep outside during day topping up last years sun tan,will miss this next week when i change jobs. regards lambo. ps. alec is in europe somewhere probably on the new high speed french train (now faster than the japanese)

  john lambert Apr 20, 2007 6:12 AM


Just thought I'd check in with u both from my hotel room in L.A!! Have spent an hour catching up, but v entertaining and love the pics (barely recognised u Jim , facial hair, tan and smiling!!)
Back to work for me Monday, can't believe it wil be another 8 months for u both. Hope you are both having fun, Liz xxx

P.S. All I can say is Passports, Passports, Passports !!!

  Liz ANDREWS Apr 21, 2007 10:42 AM

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