Living the simple life in Sidemen
Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
124Trip End Feb 01, 2012
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The fast boat from the Gili islands was a lot easier than the slow boat getting to them that's for sure! After a one hour ride we were back on Bali and heading to the small village of Sidemen which is on Bali's east side.
We quickly found 2 beautiful bungalows to stay with incredible views of lush rice terraces and Bali's scared volcano, Mount Agung. It was the perfect place to chill on the verandah and watch the people work in the fields below. Which is what we did!
We did venture out though
As we rode around the scenery was stunning. Every 5 minuted we got a hello from someone. It was really easy to ride in this part of Bali too as there were hardly any other cars or bikes. I am really getting into this riding lark. Maybe I will get a harley when we get back! At one point we were talking to a local as schoolkids were walking home. I looked up and they were all gathered around us hanging on to every word we said. I went to go over and talk to them and they all ran away! That is the effect I have on people now!
Sidemen is a must see when you come to Bali
Our last few days spent in Bali and indeed Indonesia was back in our beloved Ubud where we introduced Jayne & Luis to the delights of the local restaurants, massage spa's and the boutiques. On our last day Karen & I did a painting class which we really loved. It will be something that we will continue when we are back home.
So that was Indonesia! Two months of the most amazing experiences you could imagine. From watching the Orangutans in their natural habitat to climbing an active volcano at 05:00 in the morning. Snorkeling with turtles every day on Gili Meno to watching a Balinese woman put out her offerings every day. The place has everything and we only scratched the surface.
Oh by the way whilst we were in Indonesia there has been 3 earthquakes, 2 volcano eruptions, a plane crash, a few boat sinkings and a suicide bombing
It was sad to say goodbye to Jayne & Luis, we had got used to having them around. Even more sad though was the fact that Karen & I were going separating for the first time in 17 months! She was heading to Hong Kong and China to work for a few days and I was heading "down under" to Perth. As I write this she will be joining me tomorrow and I can't wait. As we leave some friends in Indonesia, we say hello to loads of mates in Australia, especially in Perth our first port of call.
See you by the barbie people!
All our love, Paul & Karen xxx