I hate to admit it, but we weren't as adventurous with Indonesian food as we should have been. By the time we got to Indonesia we were missing food from home and craving salads after weeks of fried foods in Malaysia, so we gravitated more towards Western restaurants. But here… Read more of "Indonesian food"
As we had two weeks in Ubud and a motorbike, we decided to take a weekend to explore other parts of Bali. So we headed off to Amed, a stretch of coast in East Bali, incorporating seven villages. The drive from Ubud is a fairly boring slog along main roads… Read more of "A weekend in Amed, Bali"
When we heard that the most expensive coffee in the world, kopi luwak (a.k.a. civet coffee or cat poop coffee), was being produced down the road, we figured we'd better give it a try. To clarify, civet coffee involves civets (similar to weasels) eating coffee berries, which then… Read more of "The most expensive coffee in the world"
In Kuala Lumpur, a Russian girl we met told us that she had moved to Bali because it was the most beautiful place she had ever seen. And that's about right. Ubud was our first stop in Bali and it instantly felt like home. There's a great mix of traditional… Read more of "A home away from home in Ubud, Bali"
Getting to Cemoro Lawang, the town closest to Mount Bromo, was the worst. The main reason for this is having to pass through Probolinggo, a town where pretty much everyone is trying to scam you. The best advice I can give about this journey is not to do it, just… Read more of "Climbing Mount Bromo"
Route planning becomes a little tedious when you're travelling. You want to enjoy the place you're in rather than reading the guidebook for your next destination. So we didn't spend that much time planning our route through Java, we had a couple of key places we wanted to visit and… Read more of "Java's cities"