Monday, 30 June 2014

Day 310 - Vehicles in Jogja

At first I planned on leaving Jogja and heading to Jakarta today. Since I took longer in the morning, I managed to miss the trains so decided to just stay one extra day here.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Day 309 - Dusk at the Beach

The day was a rather quiet one and I was mostly chilling in the morning and early afternoon. I even made use of the pool in my hotel, a first in years.

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Day 308 - The Train back to Jogja

After Mt. Bromo I felt that I have seen enough of Indonesia and it was time to head on but not before seeing a bit of Jakarta. Since the train journey from Malang to Jakarta was too long, I decided to go back to Jogja for a few days to break up the journey and chill out a bit.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Day 306 - Das Boot in Surabaya

After arriving late from Bali yesterday, I was not sure if I wanted to stay longer in Surabaya or head straight for Mt. Bromo.
After a visit to the Tourist Information Centre and a browse on Wikitravel, I decided to head to Probolinggo and rent a bike there to head to Mt. Bromo.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Day 305 - Tanah Lot and Uluwatu Temples

Today was my last day in Bali and I booked a flight to Surabaya in the evening, this gave me the full day in Bali to go and see the Tanah lot and Uluwatu temples in the south near the airport.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Day 304 - Ubud Market

Today was a quiet day and after all the driving around the past days, I needed a break from the bike. So I just took it easy and went to check out the Ubud market.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Day 303 - Lake Bratan

Sometimes the way to the destination is so nice that you forget about the actual destination and you feel like going on forever after passing your destination.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Day 302 - The Way to Mt. Batur

Today was about getting out a bit further and exploring more of the island, the two choices were either go to mount Batur or to lake Bratan. The choice fell on Mt. Batur since I got a nice itinerary, with places to see on the way, from the owner of the guesthouse I was staying at.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Day 301 - Different Sides of Bali

After the rather touristy last two days, this started even more touristy with a drive around Ubud to see the rice fields and landscape around.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Day 300 - In Ubud

After getting a taste of the most touristy (and boring) part of Bali yesterday, Ubud seemed different at first with the small quiet streets, less tourists and no western fast food chains and restaurants spoiling the view.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Day 299 - Arriving in Bali

Taking the plane from Yogyakarta airport was easy and the flight to Bali pleasant enough. Once you arrive in Bali and leave the arrivals hall you realize how different Bali really is from the rest of Indonesia.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Day 298 - Keraton

The initial plan was to go and visit the Keraton Palace in Jogja in the morning and take the 20h train and ferry to Bali in the afternoon. While I prefer this route a quick look at flights made this not practical or economical so I booked a flight to Bali for tomorrow morning instead.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Day 297 - By The Beach

After exploring volcanoes, markets and the busy traffic of Indonesia it was time to go where I don't usually venture, to the beach.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Day 296 - More People in Jogja

Today, I spent my day mostly at the police station. No, they did not arrest me for speeding or taking photos.

Rather I was helping them and a friend tracking down the guys who had his phone that got 'lost' at the train station.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Day 295 - The Way to the Volcano

Sometimes the way is the destination, sometimes the destination is the destination and other times you just end up on the wrong way and there is no destination at all.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Day 294 - Borobudur Temple

Set off this morning on the bike towards the Borobudur Temple and took the slightly more scenic route there to avoid the main roads and also see more of the landscape and smaller towns here.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Day 293 - More from the Jogja Night Market

Today, I helped a friend with looking for a new phone after his got 'lost' at the station. In the evening I figured it would be great to go to the Prambanan Temple for the sunset.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Day 292 - Train to Jogja

An early start to catch the 7:00 train to Yogyakarta or Jogja as the locals call it. The train was quite comfortable with AC and power plugs for each seat so this was a great start. Oh, it also left on time so this again made a good impression of my first rain journey in Indonesia.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Day 291 - Road Trip to Mt. Papandayan

When the guy at the reception told me about Mt. Papandayan he was hoping to sell me a tour but since I rather do things myself I decided to just rent the bike for another day and drive the 80km myself.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Day 290 - Volcano and Gardens near Bandung

Bandung initially didn't feature on my itinerary but when my friend in Singapore told me about it and recommended a visit I did a quick Google search. There, I found out about Tangkuban Perahu, the nearby Volcano so figured this alone is worth a visit.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Day 289 - Leaving Singapore for Bandung

After booking a flight to Bandung late last night for this afternoon, I decided to take it easy in the morning and make the most of the free breakfast at my hostel.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Day 288 - Little India and Bugis

It looks like for me the way to explore the different  areas in Singapore is to change hotels. Not that hotels are very good though, Singapore has so far the worst value for money (and probably also overall) hotels in all of Asia.
Since last night I stayed in Little India, it made sense to explore it a bit before going to my new hostel in the Bugis area.

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Day 287 - Gardens By The Bay

The first really sunny and very hot day in Singapore and I was debating if I preferred the rain instead as it was a bit cooler and less humid.

Friday, 6 June 2014

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Day 283 - LHR-BOM-SIN

On the road again and although I hoped to avoid taking the tube completely during my London stay, I had to take it to get to Heathrow.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Blogger Abroad - Back Around the World

It has been a few weeks but I am ready to jump on another jet plane and continue my journey around the world. All family matters and other things have been sorted so there won't be more interruptions before my journey finishes.