Bali sunsets

Bali sunsets

While I wasn’t all that impressed with Bali, I was in awe of the sunsets every night. Here are a few of my favourites.   Double Six Beach           Jimbaran Bay             Absolutely stunning.    

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Bali: What we ate

Bali: What we ate

I was really surprised by the variety of great restaurants in Bali. We ate mostly in Seminyak, and there’s an increasing number of international chefs setting up shop here, with a range of flavours to tickle anyone’s taste buds.   We were in Bali on holiday and did things very differently: normally when we travel […]

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A week in Bali

A week in Bali

We’ve just returned from a week in Bali, a place I never expected to visit.   I love Indonesia. I’ve been there three times, trekking in the jungle searching for orangutans and dodging traffic in Jakarta.   But all I used to think of when I thought of Bali was drunk Australians, package holidays and […]

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Kokoda: tips and packing list

Kokoda: tips and packing list

You can read about my Kokoda trip – all nine days – here.   Before I trekked Kokoda, I asked people who had previously walked the famous track for their tips. Now that I’ve done it, I’ve got some tips for you! If you’re considering trekking the Kokoda Track, here are some thoughts on getting […]

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Beautiful Port Moresby sunsets

Beautiful Port Moresby sunsets

Just a quick post: how lucky am I to live in a place that offers sunsets like these?        

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The Kokoda Track, day nine: Kovelo to Kokoda – and home

The Kokoda Track, day nine: Kovelo to Kokoda – and home

Read day one, day two, day three, day four, day five, day six, day seven and day eight first.   Our last day. It’s a bittersweet moment – a mix of a feeling of accomplishment and yet sadness at something being over.   We have a lazy start to the day – Kovelo is only […]

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The Kokoda Track, day eight: Isurava Memorial to Kovelo

The Kokoda Track, day eight: Isurava Memorial to Kovelo

Read day one, day two, day three, day four, day five, day six and day seven first.   We wake up early in the morning for a dawn service at Isurava Memorial. In the slowly lightening sky, we read poems and sing the Australian and Papua New Guinean national anthems. It’s a surreal moment, standing […]

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The Kokoda Track, day seven: Eora Creek to Isurava Memorial

The Kokoda Track, day seven: Eora Creek to Isurava Memorial

Read day one, day two, day three, day four, day five and day six first.   After the heavy rain and thunderstorm, the night’s sleep was accompanied by the sound of the creek water rushing by, and it was more than once that I woke with a start, dreaming about flash floods.   In the […]

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The Kokoda Track, day six: Digger’s Camp to Eora Creek

The Kokoda Track, day six: Digger’s Camp to Eora Creek

Read day one, day two, day three, day four and day five first.   Today is our longest day on the track.   We leave camp at 6.30am, and walk to Myola Lakes, a side trip that many trekkers don’t take. We have the huge expanse to ourselves. As we sit on the hillside, looking […]

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The Kokoda Track, day five: Efogi to Digger’s Camp

The Kokoda Track, day five: Efogi to Digger’s Camp

Read day one, day two, day three and day four first.   In the morning we rise to a damp village. We set off a little later than usual, and make our way down to Elome Creek. From here, it’s a steep climb up to Launumu. On the map, it looks like a vertical climb. […]

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