The last week has been crazy. Get ready for a long but interesting read my friends!
Since I posted last Ollie, Nik, Bec, Josh (Ollie’s cousin) and I travelled down to the Bukit, Uluwatu. We went down on a Sunday, of course for Single Fin. Single Fin is a 3-4 story high bar that overlooks Ulu - the most ideal location and it absolutely goes off on a Sunday. We got there in the afternoon and headed to Padang Padang, a small bay down from Ulu’s and a popular surf spot. To get there you walk through a temple and down 200 metres of small stairs curved around the rock formations. At the bottom it opens to a big beach, Warung’s, surf schools and places to sit and swim. It’s a beautiful spot when it’s not overpopulated with tourists but unfortunately that is most days. Anyway, the waves were huge this day! Double overhead and barrels, too big for Ollie and I so Josh was the only one that headed in. He body boards and got 10 – 12 solid waves, it was epic just to watch. After chilling on the beac...
Friday morning, we got up reasonably early to go get Nalu bowls before checking the surf. Nalu bowls are famous all around Bali for their refreshing fruit based smoothie bowls. You can choose a variety of yummy toppings to go with it and they present them beautifully. This was the first time I’d had one as I wanted to see what all the fuss was about and yes I can confirm; they could be the tastiest smoothie bowls I’ve ever had. Mine was green and gingery with house-made granola and banana on top. I could start everyday with one of these, although they cost around 50-80,000 RPH, so roughly $5-8 and this could last me almost a whole day eating local food.
Anyway moving on, the surf has been massive lately so I was crossing my fingers it wasn’t too big for me. I start to feel weird if I haven’t surfed after 2 or so days. It’s a massive part of my life when I am in indo and by far the best way to start every day.
We first checked out Old Man’s, it was probably 3-6ft and the shore break wa...
Yesterday I think was one of the worst hangovers I’ve ever had. I feel like this is something I could be saying weekly! Ollie and I had another chill day, I did some editing, watched some movies, swam, tanned on the roof top and had an afternoon nap! It’s such a strange feeling to finally stop and just chill out. Life has been so busy the last 8 months and I couldn’t be happier to be doing nothing at all on some days. The weather is beautiful, sunny and 27 degrees. Nik, Bec, Ollie and I ended up going out for sushi later on and then back home to chill. Ahhh I could get use to this.
Wednesday morning, we got up early and went for a surf. Hoooooray! I had been waiting for this moment for so long. We drove about 3O minutes up the coast to a place called Kendungu. We grabbed a coffee and a few mini bananas to keep us going while chatting to the local man and lady who owned the shop before getting in. It was about 5ft, big fat waves, yet still fairly slow moving. This was my first surf in 6 months and let me tell you I think my best wave was catching the white wash back in haha! 5ft is also a little too big for me but non the less, there’s never a time I regret getting in the water – for me, it’s the most therapeutic thing I can do.
We got back about lunch time, stopped to get food on the way home (Nasi Campur again) and all went back to Ollies homestay (Dr. Ding) to eat together. His two good mates (Nik and Bec) are also living there, who we have been spending almost every day with.
So Wednesday night is BBQ night at Dr. Ding and also the night to go out at Old Mans....
So after our rather drunken first night, Ollie and I were miserable potato sacks the next day. We had a lazy day and got takeaway Nasi Campur for dinner – my absolute favourite food in the whole world! For those of you out there that aren’t sure of what it is, it’s a combination of Nasi (rise) and a mix (campur) of all different vegetables, noodles, tempe, potato, meats, fish and whatever else they feel like cooking that day, I’d assume it depends on availability and it usually changes day by day. For one plate full of food, this costs anywhere between $1-$3 AUD…. Insane right? I’m now a vegetarian and it makes life easy when you’re presented with so many different options.
Here's a photo I took on the back of the scooter riding over the short cut road in Canggu.
I arrived in Bali on Monday in the late afternoon. As soon as I hopped off the plane, the 27 degrees immediately hit my skin, I could hear the Balinese Mosk’s in the distance and I was quickly surrounded with the familiar senses I love so much. I took a deep breath and thought to myself, I am home.
As per usual, as soon as I existed the airport I got bombarded with local Indonesians trying to grab my attention for a taxi. I eventually got one with a man who was a little less ‘in my face’ than the others. It took just under 2 hours to get to Canggu because the traffic was so bad. Winding and curving through the small narrow streets, passing through the different towns along the way, going from 80kph back down to 3kph. I was wearing black jeans, a long sleeve top and Doc Martens as when I left Melbourne it was a chilly 4 degrees. My goal was to leave before the Australian Winter started and thank god I made it... I don’t seem to cope in cold weather. So after just about passing out...
Today marks day 1 of my adventure. Is this actually happening?! Where did the last 8 months go?
I have been planning this trip for just under a year now, living back in little Metung Victoria, working almost every day saving my pennies.
Do I have a real plan? No. Do I know where I'm going to be living? Absolutely no clue. Do I know where I’ll be in the next 1 week or 3 months’ time? Nah, but I think that’s the best part isn't it?
This morning I said goodbye to mum and dad, Sunday I said goodbye to all my friends and my god it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. I’ve travelled so much in the past but I'm not sure this time it just feels… different. To leave everything you know and love for the unknown is the strangest feeling. I just have to trust the universe and my own choices will guide me to meet beautiful people, see untouched landscapes and be presented with incredible opportunities.
Nothing excites me more than the thought of being surrounded and compl...
I am super excited to finally launch and share with you all my website!
This will be a space for you to see my work and the full series of every shoot as well give you the chance to follow my on-going travel journey through the blog!
I never imagined taking photos as a hobby would lead to this little creative platform I love so much. To think of all the amazing people I have met along the way I seriously can't thank you all enough for getting around it or being a part of it in some shape or form, this is just the beginning!
I head off to Indonesia this Monday with a one way ticket and to say I am excited is an understatement. I will be posting more personal photos on here as well as behind the scene footage of shoots, places I go, people I meet and things I see and experience along the way. Whatever I'm feeling as well as stories worth sharing - I hope you love it.