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Napping. Snacking. Backpacking. Across the World

Day 182 – Another Paradise | Atuh Beach, Nusa Penida, Indonesia

On our way home from Angel’s Billabong two days ago we were filled with ideas of what else to see on Nusa Penida. We hadn’t budgeted for things to go so right with our first visit – to find the place, get our fill of time alone in the pool, have perfect weather – so we didn’t really have any other plans. We went to sleep that night filled with ideas of what to do the next day. Well it turns out we spent the next day paying for the fun we had, with our backs completely seized up from the “massage roads” and our arses tender.  Continue reading

Day 180 – Heaven on Earth: Angel’s Billabong | Nusa Penida, Indonesia

I’ve been sitting on this blog post for a while (figuratively, not literally… although I’m sure it would be squishy) because I almost don’t want to share it. Until I publish this, the memory of Day 180 is a perfect special secret. When people ask us what our favourite part of the trip has been, we can never pick. It varies day to day. But today at Angel’s Billabong I felt pure bliss.  Continue reading

Day 178 – 12 Things to do on Nusa Lembongan | Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia

Our too-short visit to Nusa Lembongan is drawing to a close (for a good reason! so that we can go over to Nusa Penida) and it was one of our favourites. Absolutely gorgeous scenery, small-town vibe, amazing food, cheap prices, and much easier to get to than the Gilis. Here are some of our favourite things to do that didn’t make it into the other blog posts: Continue reading

Day 177 – A maze of mangroves | Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia

This morning I set an alarm (!!) for 7am and peeked out the window of our second-floor guestroom to see if the sun was a-shining. It was. With mixed feelings, I woke Marc. A sunny day means we will get to go have some fun outdoors, but it also means waking up, leaving our cozy bed and going outside… so… half full? Continue reading

Day 175 – Reefs, the final frontier | Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia

I’ve always been enamoured with Nemos and Moorish Idols and damselfish – my favourites from Australia and here as well, but I discovered a couple new favourites today: feather starfish and triggerfish. Today we dove on Manta Point (different from Manta Bay) with zero success of seeing mantas and then on to SD Point (so named because it is off the coast of Nusa Lembongan where a public school with the initials SD stands) for a drift dive.  Continue reading

Day 174 – Back to School | Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia

I have no children, I don’t know what it’s like to send them off on their first day of school. But I do get to stand on the boat, proud as punch, as Marc does his first backflip into the ocean with all his scuba gear on. Today we are diving at Manta Bay and  Crystal Bay with Lembongan Dive Centre‘s Khloe and Christina. Continue reading

Day 171 – Speak of the Devil | Lembongan, Indonesia

I declare my love for Lembongan on the first night there, when I discover that our beachfront restaurant offers “Chicken Gordon Blue” for 45,000 rupiah ($5 CAD) – this makes me smile because a) translation errors make everything taste better and b) cheese. Lembongan is home to the clearest water we have encountered yet, an enchanting shade of blue whether seen from a busy boat port, the construction site under a bridge, off a rocky coastal cliff, or from the beach in front of our guesthouse. It’s stunning. I photograph it at every opportunity, convinced minute by minute that it is more beautiful in this moment than it was when I last took a photo (two seconds ago). Continue reading

Day 170 – I won’t panic until you panic | Lombok to Lembongan, Indonesia

Leaving Lombok is like waking from a dream. Apart from a weekend in Sengiggi (I love saying it like that, as if we are fancypants people who leave our metropolis home to “weekend” on the coast) – rainy, expensive, plain beaches – we were in the disappointing downtown area of Mataram, holed up in our hotel making chai tea with our leftover Indian spices and rediscovering Netflix.  Continue reading

How to Extend Your Tourist Visa in Mataram, Lombok

I’m writing this post to help those who are in the Gili Islands and want to extend their 30 day tourist visa in Mataram for Indonesia, because we sure had a heck of a time figuring out how to do it! Hopefully this will make your visa extension in Mataram easier. Continue reading

Day 163 – The real world | Mataram, Lombok

On Day 162 we hopped on the public boat between Gili Meno and Bangsal, Lombok bright and early at 7:45 (for $1!). As you can imagine, this was quite a shock to our system after over a week of lounging around on the beach, eating banana pancakes and drinking tea with chunks of ice hacked off of a block clinking in the glass. Even after thoroughly embracing the nomad beach-bum life, we couldn’t help but be packed an hour before the scheduled 8am boat, and at the pier 40 minutes before departure. Continue reading

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