[simage=1399,200,n,left,]Our trip to Bali started badly, with both of us in bed for the best part of the week before we left with hideous food poisoning. This put a bit of a damper on the first few days as we weren’t quite up to the wine and good living that Bali has to offer. However, we did make a recovery and take advantage later in the long weekend.
We stayed out in Sanur, about 45 mins away from Kuta, as recommended by our friends Claus and Eka. We spent a couple of days checking out the beachfronts of Sanur and the infamous Kuta Beach (rather like the concrete parts of the med, but with more Aussies). Feeling perkier, we went inland to Ubud, famed for its artistic community and location amongst dazzling rice paddies, as well as a temple with a large population of well fed and badly behaved monkeys. The final day was spent on the north east coast snorkelling over coral reefs just offshore and enjoying the coastline.
We met up with Claus and Eka for dinner before leaving – Claus and Andy did their PhDs together in Durham and now Claus runs a malaria prevention charity on Sumba Island in Indonesia (http://www.sumbafoundation.org/), so we’ve ended up back in the same part of the world again (Claus via Africa, us via Canada). It’s a small world indeed.