Back home we go

Trip Start Jun 25, 2012
Trip End Jul 24, 2012

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday 23 July
Today we're going back. Back to Belgium. Checking out of the hotel we had troubles paying with VISA as connection failed on us multiple times; we were only able to wire transfer small amounts, and after one hour of trying, the system gave up on us completely. The ATM at Novotel didn't like our cards either. Luckily, Herbert and his family were at the counter and they helped us to get the transaction done. Thanks again Herbert for this great help!

We were at Praya Intl Airport just in time, and our Lion Air flight to Denpasar left on time, although we had expected a delay of 1-2 hrs. Arriving in Denpasar at the domestic terminal, we picked up our backpacks and walked to the International departure terminal which is within walking distance.The area between the domestic and intl terminals is full of tourists, tourist restaurants, taxi and porters - quite busy. Our next flight was to Amsterdam, with a stopover in Singapore for fueling. The check-in for this flight opened only at 17hrs. Some time to kill. As we were hungry, we left the Intl check-in hall and looked for a warung. A real local non-tourist warung at Denpasar Intl airport ? Yes, there is.

On the right of the Intl check-in (if you're standing in front of..) and a bit further away is Warung Ayu, frequented by airport personnel and pilots. Difficult to see as it is hidden behind an Apotek.

Good Soto Ayam and sure the other dishes are good too. The atmosphere is relaxed; no touts or money changers around. Honest local prices.

Back to the check-in now. There is no way to get your bags checked in before 5PM. OK lets try online check-in then,...but no internet café or free wifi around.

So anyway, we wait and we are the first to check-in. After passing the airport tax guys and the customs, we walk across the souvenir shops to gate 8. Near gate 8 is the Garuda Dewi lounge, and we buy ourselves in, to be in a more relaxing space, for 125.000 Rp per person (<6yrs is free, <12yrs half price: drinks, food and free wifi, +shower if you want). Diewertje is already on Facebook chatting. The KLM flight is there and we board with little delay to Amsterdam.

With tears in our eyes we say goodbye to the fantastic 4 weeks we had.

Thank you Java, Bali and Lombok for your warm welcome, we take you in our hearts and the memories back home.

The highlights of our 4 weeks in Indonesia:

...Java coffee
on the train to Banyuwangi, Java.

...Soto Ayam
in a street warung close to Hardy's supermarket in Seririt, Bali.

...Nasi Goreng
the warung of Karangsari Home Stay, Munduk, Bali.

...Mie Goreng
the restaurant of Ketapang Indah Hotel, Banyuwangi, Java BBQ
Bias Tugal beach at Padangbai (Bali) and Novotel Surabaya (Java)

...french fries (frieten)
Novotel Kuta Lombok to buy sarongs, shirts...
In the traditional market of Yogjakarta, Java.

Tanjung A'an in Kuta Lombok

...serene atmosphere
sunrise at Borobodur (Java), bathing at Tirta Empul (Bali) and Morning Puja at Pura Kehen (Bali)

at the bi-weekly traditional dance in Banyuwangi, Java

...authentic Java
Borobodur and Banyuwangi city

...authentic Bali
Tirta Empul and Besakih, Bali

...scenic view
Sidemen, Bali

...tourist-unspoiled place
traditional market in Yogjakarta (Java) and Kuta Lombok, and Banayuwangi city, Java.

Novotel Kuta Lombok.

...swimming pool
Novotel Kuta Lombok.

Train on Java and bemo on Bali.

...internet access
Karangsari Home Stay, Munduk, Bali. moment
Dinner with a music band around, playing Sultans of Swing (Dire Straits) and Wish you were Here (Pink Floyd), at Novotel Kuta Lombok.

Wake-up at Ketapang Indah Hotel, Banyuwangi, Java.


For this blog, the following tools were used;

- for typing the text: a Nokia E71 smartphone.

- for pictures: a Canon EOS 550D camera, with a Tamron 18-270mm AF VC zoom lens and a 500mm 1:6.3 mirror lens (generic brand).

- a USB card reader for the HDSC cards of the camera.

- any free internet connection in the hotels with a PC/Mac to upload the text and pictures.

- a free account with Travelpod.

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Stéphane T. on

I was great reading you, it feels like being there! Looking forward to your new adventure ;)

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