Where to stay and eat on a budget in Ubud?

Ubud is said to be the cultural heart of Bali after famous artists and spiritualists visited this place and got inspired by the creative environment. Since then, hordes of travelers set out for the town located in the midst of lush green rice fields. Ubud is praised to be the …

Christmas in Bali – Everything you need to know about celebrating Christmas in Bali

Today adults get into a hurry, while meeting the preparations for the big celebration in the eve. Today children eyes sparkle in expectation of the presents, their parents will give to them, hoping it is something from their wish list. Today Christians from different cultures, in different parts of the world gather …

The Bali scooter nightmare: how we managed to get our scooter repaired 4 times

Finding a scooter rental for a decent price as a foreigner on Bali isn't as easy any more. Prices are going up a lot. For Australians it's very cheap to fly here; for them everything is cheap and they are willing to pay the price. Salesmen will often translate the …

10 rain confessions – How to welcome Bali’s rainy season with a positive attitude

Rain can be annoying Rain can mean an end to an activity, or event you were looking forward to. Rain can force you to stay inside, when you were just about to leave the house. All this can be rain for some people. A negative aspect of life. Do not be angry with the rain; …

A Balinese “baby shower” – Ceremony for the Baby 42 Days after Birth

Religion is very much integrated in Balinese society. In no other country in the world than in Indonesia so many religions live side by side. All the world's major religions are represented – some more than others: Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims celebrate and pray daily in churches, temples and mosques. Space …

Our first week of travel in South East Asia

We have finally started our trip. After we hitchhiked home from Portugal, we took a bit more time home planning stuff than we expected. Our first stop: Bali, Indonesia. After a long flight, we finally landed in Jakarta. It was quite a relief to leave the European winter weather behind and …

What we learned about the traffic on Bali’s streets and how it feels to be part of it

I am walking along an endless street close to Kuta. Indonesian streets and walking don't fit together is the first that an Indonesian would tell you. On the local streets it is the traffic on wheels that has the highest power. Scooters make the rules – the competing characters on …

Germans: a peculiar folk

Everywhere we go, seeing and meeting new people in a new culture, we notice differences. Every nation has its own stereotypes and awkward manners. After living among the Lisbonese for several months, we stayed in Germany for over a month. This blog post is dedicated to the Germans. We stayed in …