A special school day

Our last three days in Tasmania, we were invited to stay with a family that we had met in the Borneon jungle about two months earlier. It was wonderful to go and see some friends we had actually made on this trip and spend some easy, quality time with them in their beautiful home in the South of Tasmania. And not only that! There was an exciting adventure waiting for our daughters Sophie (9) and Lilly (7): They were allowed to join their new found friends Mify and Lochlan for a day at school in Cygnat. And because John and I enjoyed a lunch date in the meantime, Sophie will take over the blog from here on to report about hers and Lilly’s special school day in Tasmania. Continue reading

The Tasmanian Turbo Tour

Whenever we mentioned to Australians on the main land that we were going to spend three weeks in Tasmania, they usually looked at us in surprise, followed by the question: “What on earth will you do in Tasmania for three weeks?” At the time, we didn’t really know how to react. But now, we could confidently answer: “There’s so much to do and see in Tasmania. Three weeks are actually not long enough!” Continue reading

Our Black Friday

Our first two days in Tasmania were promising. We were spoilt with pristine weather and a comfortable, homely cottage to stay in. But then came Friday. The weather turned bad and the accommodation to even worse: Our hired high top camper entered the scene. Continue reading

G’day from Australia! – or: The reverse cultural shock

When coming to mainland Australia, we had three major attractions to look forward to: Catching up with an old school friend, cruising on the Great Ocean Road and tramping in the Grampians. But first, we had to get over our initial cultural shock. After four month traveling in Asia, we seemed to have forgotten about the things most familiar to us. The prices for pretty much everything seemed to be ridiculously high and the roads exceptionally quiet and organised. Initially, we were honestly missing the charming chaos and craziness which Asia offers. But not for too long. Continue reading

Dolphins, monkeys… and ONE sunset!

When we fill in our little round-up questionnaire about a country, we are usually far away from it, already experiencing lots of new things at a different destination. Nevertheless, in our minds, we enjoy traveling back to the places we visited and memories we made. All the more, when we find ourselves in a difficult situation: We relived our days in Bali lying in a crappy, gross and greasy camper (more about that nightmare at a later point) in Tasmania’s capital Hobart. Dreaming about our beautiful stay on the Indonesian island helped us get through the night. And the next morning, our situation changed for the better. Continue reading

Our Ubud experience

I asked John, Sophie and Lilly to give me one word each, that – in their eyes – describes Ubud best. John came up with “arty”, Sophie with “busy” and Lilly noticed that “there were lots of shops with pretty things around”. And “touristy” comes to mind, when I think of the cultural center of Bali. After the quiet days in the North of the island with seeing hardly any travellers, it was even more striking that Ubud is attracting lots of tourists from all over the world. We all felt a bit overwhelmed by the tourists’ influx at the start, but quickly adapted to our new surroundings and started to appreciate Ubud’s bustling vibe with its varied attractions and cultural scene. Continue reading

Little things make the difference

Quite regularly, we get asked how detailed we planned our trip before leaving. The answer is: Not very detailed at all. We chose the destinations and booked the flights – that’s about it. The rest we are organising en route, and even that quite rudimentary. We normally pick certain things that we would like to do or see in certain areas… all the rest spontaneously falls into place – and usually adds a big bonus to our journey, as seen on our detour to the North of Bali. Continue reading

That’s why we fell for Perancak

In Bali, originally, we planned to travel up North via the East coast. But following the eruption and continued danger from Mt Agung, we thought it to be wiser to take a more westerly route. Some pictures of traditional, lavishly decorated fishing boats made us book a place in rural Perancak. To be honest with you, when we arrived in the quiet fishing village, I didn’t expect to dedicate a whole blog post to our four nights in this area. But we had such a wonderful time here that we all agreed: Our time in Perancak deserves a blog entry on its own. Et voilà. Continue reading

The Bali Warm-Up

We came to Bali to see – respectively do – two things: We were hoping to see the lush green rice fields and to try YOGA. Both points we managed to tick off within the first week here. Moving on early in that case? Oh no. Our hunger for Bali was far from being satisfied. Our first few days on the Indonesian island only made it bigger. Continue reading