Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Out of Office: Indonesian Edition

Lovely new haircut from Dom at Rush Tower Bridge*

This evening Steve and I are off to Indonesia for just under three weeks. Obviously I'm excited. I'm excited to see my sisters, my friends, and to discover a new country. But I'm also a little scared. I'm scared of falling into the sulphurous blue lake of Mt Ijen, of being bitten by a Komodo dragon on Komodo island, and of not being able to protect my skin from sunburn. But hopefully I'll be ok and everything will go to plan.

Beach holidays aren't really my bag, I'm so pale and sun sensitive that I'd rather not put myself in a risky position when it comes to sun exposure, one of the many reasons Steve and I are such big fans of Scandinavia. That being said, I've been to SE Asia before, as well as other sun seeking spots, so I'm fully prepared to tackle the high heat.

Compared to most of our holidays I haven't done a huge amount of research, but I feel prepared nevertheless. This isn't a city break so there aren't ton of different attractions I want to visit, both my sisters live in Bali so I'm relying on them for the best local foodie spots, and I'm also aware that the heat means things will move slowly and I'm totally OK with that. Even though we're visiting a lot of different cities, our plans are relaxed. From visiting different beaches, to splashing around in various waterfalls, to seeking out beautiful rice terraces, I think we've found a nice balance between slow travel and seeing the best Indonesia has to offer.

We start our trip with five nights in Bali, staying in a lovely villa I found on Airbnb, in Canngu, the town both my sisters live in. We'll be visiting all the usual spots, from Ubud to Uluwatu, and even making it over to Nusa Lembongan one day. From there the trip becomes a little more budget which is fine by me as I'm visiting Indonesia to see the country, not the inside of a private pool. We'll be visiting East Java to seek out two of Indonesia's famous volcanoes, Mt Bromo and Mt Ijen. Followed by a few days in Lombok to explore the beaches in the south of the island and the many waterfalls plus Mt Rinjani in the north. We'll relax for a couple of days on Gili Air before heading over to Flores where we'll visit the Komodo dragons on Komodo island, and explore the area surrounding Labuan Bajo. From there we fly back to Java where we'll visit Yogyakarta and Borobudur, the world's largest Hindu temple, before spending the last few hours of our trip in Jakarta.

If you've been to Indonesia before please do leave your recommendations in the comments as I'm excited to delve into the heart of this beautiful country.

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