Bali, Indonesia

here are some pictures and little bit about my travel to Bali

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My brother invited me to go to Bali with him last February when I had to painfully declined because of my new full time job. Although I was happy to finally land myself a big girl employment, I was also really sad that I wasn’t able to go. When my brother got back from his vacation, it was the only thing he could talk about and I don’t blame him at all!

Bali, Indonesia
on my way to Bali

For half a year, travelling to Bali was all I could think about until one night in September, I decided to finally bite the bullet and buy my round trip flight for the following December. After seeing it with my own eyes and being there first hand, I can fully understand why he felt like he had seen some magical place.

The 30 something hours of journey to get there wasn’t an easy one but I’d do it all over again if I had to.

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the best luwak coffee

I had the best coffee and tea of my life while also having the best view.

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Not to mention that Bali has the bluest body of ocean I have ever seen!

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Day trip to Lembongan
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New Year’s Eve at Kuta Beach

Before leaving Canada, I had some doubts. I began to second guess myself as to why I was travelling when I could be spending the holiday season with my friends but I’m glad I did it anyways. It was by far the best New Year’s Eve I’ve had in ages. Not to mention I met the coolest brothers from Netherlands who were nice enough to let me sit at their table during the dinner party so I wouldn’t feel left out. Thanks Tim and Mark!

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Lovina Beach

Also $10 for a boat ride to watch the dolphins up close and personal wasn’t so bad. It was the most thrilling experience, aside from when I went scuba diving of course.

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everywhere I went, I saw beauty in everyone and everything
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Rice Field, Ubud

I also enjoyed the best avocado shakes of my life so yes, I fell in love with Bali. I fell in love with the people, the culture, the history, and the island life.

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I’ll be back again.

 

With love always,

 

Erika

Camping in Sooke

After work last Friday, I headed onto Vancouver Island for a very short camping trip in Sooke.


I’m not the biggest fan of the ferry ride, especially if I’m alone. 😛However, I found myself enjoying the ride as I sat with a couple of strangers outside, looking at the wonderful view behind us.

Friday night was spent at Walmart buying equipment and preparing for the day ahead of us.

Originally we planned to get at the campsite at around 1pm, however, we had a late start to the day and had to run a few errands before our trip.

We got to Sooke River Campsite at around 4pm. We decided to set our little tent to claim our spot before we explore the rest of the campsite.

After we got settled, we packed our bags, took our valuables with us, and headed back again to the viewpoint we saw along the way.


We were prepared for the rain as the weather forecast predicted it. However, it showered for a little bit and cleared up not long after.

We adventured along the potholes. We followed a couple trails such as the Riverside Trail, Sand Pebble Beach, and Ripplerock Trail.

We went off trail quite a few times and to be quite honest, I’m glad we did or else we wouldn’t have seen and experienced these views in a way that we did.


Sometimes it’s quite hard to believe how beautiful nature can be. Granted these photos I’ve taken doesn’t give the place or these views justice. It’s much, much nicer in person.


After a couple hours of exploring, we quickly dipped ourselves into the water (I was mostly pushed in), and headed back to our campsite.


I obviously put on my compression socks to try and keep warm and to help with muscle recovery after hiking.

I’ve never really been camping before, except for that one time I went on a glamorous camping trip with my friend’s family, but I’ll have to say that the experience was definitely enjoyable.

We may have forgotten to bring pillows but at least we were warm during the night, thanksgiving to our new sleeping bags.


This short camping trip has definitely left me wanting more.

SOOKE RIVER CAMPSITE – THOUGHTS

I highly recommend going before it gets packed during the summer time! The workers are super nice, the outhouses are quite clean, and there are a bunch of areas to explore! For $25/night, you can’t beat that.