Holy awesome holiday, Batman!
First of all, I'm pleased to announce that this week, my fourth trip to Asia, was the first time I escaped without contracting some hideous stomach bug within the first two days. Yay!
I was enchanted with Bali the first time I went there for my Dad's 70th last year. Within the first few days of that trip I said to Blair, "So, when are we moving here?". We've since been back three more times and for me, the shine hasn't worn off yet.
This week we were in Bali to help celebrate a friend's birthday and we just had the best time. We didn't do much - a lot of drinking, eating, swimming and some shopping. A snorkelling trip. The obligatory visit to Water Bom Park. That's it.
It was awesome!
The warmth and good humour of the Balinese people never fails to impress me. Aside from the brilliant time we had with our friends, it's the people of Bali who make me want to go back again and again. That, and nasi goreng.
|So much greenery!|
|My friend Lucy who had stayed at the same hotel a few weeks ago did warn me that sunglasses left in the room will be put to good use...|
|Trent (the birthday boy) and his girlfriend Alicia.|
|I love this photo!|
|Oh dear. Sundowner drinks at our friends' hotel quickly degenerated into, well, this.|
|Oh, this is a bit more civilised. Dinner the following night at Hitana - amazing! Go there immediately!|
|Sunset as seen from Mozzarella, the restaurant of our hotel. This too was excellent.|
|Sunset drinks at the beanbag bar out the front of our hotel.|
|How adorable is this! I can't believe I captured it. Thank you, new camera.|
|Old friendships renewed, new ones forged.|
|The gang's all here!|
|Trent feeling pretty damn good about himself amongst the ladies of Red Carpet Champagne Bar|
|Just a handful of new friends.|
|Birthday greetings at Trattoria - also insanely good. In fact, are there bad eateries in Bali? I've yet to find one.|
|Final night dinner - with sassy Nyoman in the background! Cheeky!|
|All the sunsets that I'm going to miss in the next six months are already killing me inside.|
I am greatly relieved that our next trip to Indonesia is already booked next May. Otherwise my post-holiday blues would be seriously debilitating.
Meanwhile, I cannot wait to pick up this guy from the cattery tomorrow morning: