We took the slow ferry to Lombok, an island east of Bali. The slow boat option was good for us because it was less than half the price of the fast boat. The touts tried scaring us off buying the cheaper option, quoting times of 7 to 8 hours to arrive on the island. In fact it only took 3.5 hours plus a 45 min shuttle bus to our destination town of Senggigi. One thing you learn when booking travels in SE Asia is you never really understand all the steps of your journey- but generally you will get there…eventually. Because we aren’t in a hurry, the slow option of travel works for us. If you’re limited on time, spending the dough on faster travel is probably worth it.
After a great time in Ubud we travelled back to the coast, this time further north to a little harbour town called Padang Bai. We primarily chose this place for an easy ride over to the island of Lombok.
The time has come for us in our travels when we’ve started asking ourselves what’s it all about. What are we aiming to get from this experience beyond the absenteeism of our day to day lives back home. Following that, we’ve started asking ourselves what we want to achieve upon our return. The answers are not yet definite and they will continue adapting, but we are starting to formulate something.
One of the ways we are we are trying to find answers to these all important questions is by focusing our attention on our immediate surroundings. Bali couldn’t be a better place to start. We were not able to visit most of the places mentioned in this post for various reasons, so we settled for virtual visits instead.
We caught a flight to Bali from Bandung airport, a very small but busy airport with very easy going security. We have been using lion air, a bit like easy jet for cheap flights, although I’m not sure why you would call your airline lion air as lions aren’t synonymous with flying.
After Jakarta we headed by train to Bandung. We sat in executive class seating. I know how lavish that sounds and we’d recommend it if you want a straight forward ride. I think it just means more leg room and quitter people to share the cabin with. Our assigned seats had been taken by other people, so Stephen sat behind me instead. No biggie.
We landed in Jakarta safe and sound ready for a new adventure in another foreign land. We didn’t know too much of what to expect, as it was sort of a whim that we came to Indonesia so quickly after only spending 2 weeks in Malaysia.
We decided to spend a week in Malaysia’s Capitol to chill out a bit, not pack our bags every few days, recoup some costs by being able to cook our own food. You get the point.
Sorry blog its been over a week since our last post. A few technical hitches… WiFi more like Where-FI!?
Outside of George Town, about a 1hr twisty-turney bus ride will take you to the Tropical Spice Gardens. This really was twisty-turney, as the bus driver drove fast around the curvy coast of Penang, even a local girl got off to show us her breakfast.