Living the simple life in Sidemen

Trip Start Aug 09, 2010
Trip End Feb 01, 2012

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Giri Carik
What I did
Villages, rice terraces, volcanoes and lots of green!

Flag of Indonesia  , Bali,
Sunday, October 30, 2011

Hello world!

We hope you are all well.

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. The following day we hired a couple of scooters and toured the area. It was a brilliant day and it was so nice to share it with Jayne & Luis. We really got to see the fabled Balinese spirit as most of the places we visited hardly see tourists. It just shows you that even on a touristy island like Bali you can avoid the crowds. So get intrepid people! One of our first stops was a tile factory. No reason really, we just liked the look of the tiles! As soon as we turned up the manager took us around explaining what they did. He introduced us to his workers and gave us his life story. Imagine back home turning up at a factory on a Monday morning and getting shown around even though they knew you had no intention of purchasing anything! It was really lovely of him.

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. Especially if you want to experience a more genteel side to the island and meet friendly locals. Just avoid the dogs! I will explain. We were trekking down the rice terraces on our last day and we finally got to the river we wanted to cross. As we were contemplating the best route to take this crazy dog came out on the other side. So we did not cross in that part. Unfortunately, it was the only part that you could cross safely so the dog ended our days adventures. Although Luis did cross at another point as he was feeling the Indiana Jones vibe.

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! Living on the edge has never been more fun.

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

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mom on

another great read and fab pic's

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