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Come From Lombok

As seemingly-perfect as Gili Air was, we knew that there was still lots to see on our original Indonesian itinerary and we’d need to jump on a boat to see Lombok. Let me be perfectly clear about this: there were multiple discussions about just staying in one place, riding out the rest of our time […]

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The Gili Air Fortnight

Spend a couple of days in your roadside bungalow on Nusa Lembongan and the motorbikes will work their way into your dreams. Don’t get me wrong: intrepid exploration through unfamiliar roads in Southeast Asia is best served on a moped, and there’s never been a day in my different adventures through this part of the […]

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Selamat Datang in Nusa Lembongan

The Indonesian language is very easy to pronounce but not as easy to remember. Selamat datang (which I remember using for my IPS humanities classes in our ritual good mornings greetings from around the world) is hello, terima kasih is thank you and sama sama is you’re welcome. Nusa means island. And get this: air […]

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Eat, Pray, Zoom

Ubud: I had imagined it as the land of prayer bowls ringing, smiling yogis wandering the quiet streets in peaceful dazes, delicious smells wafting from brightly-painted organic cafes: the eating and praying and loving conjured, and made so famous, by Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestselling novel which I read years ago and fell in love with. Everyone […]

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Our Final Days in Oz

So the Great Barrier Reef blew our minds and really felt like the ultimate climax of our Australia leg, but it wasn’t over yet! We had to make it the 400km back to Brisbane, plus a couple of trips from the highway over to the coast to see the infamous beaches of the Sunshine Coast. […]

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The Surprises of the Great Barrier Reef

It’s hot in Australia. I’m writing this nearly two weeks after the fact, but if you’ve been paying attention to what’s happening in Australia right now, it’s bonkers. We had been sleeping in that camper van the whole way up the Australian east coast, hoping for some sea breeze to cool us off, but it’s […]

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Blue Mountains, Blue Beaches

Names of places in Australia are a lot more interesting than we’ve been able to illustrate so far, as we head from Blacktown to the Blue Mountains. There is a predominance (particularly in the cities) of place names from England, as well as names of the explorers, invaders and colonialists who took over the country, […]

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Australia in Heat: Landing in Sydney

A note to our readers: This post is part of a series about our two-week stopover in Australia during the year of amazing days. While these posts will cover our¬†wonderful time¬†for the sake of the travel chronicles, fans of our cycling adventure will be disappointed to learn that we didn’t reassemble our touring bikes for […]

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