Gillian the procrastinator

Four days from the end of my trip and I am realizing what an unbelievable blog failure I am. One post this whole time?!?! So much for promising everyone I would keep up the blog with pictures of my adventures…

yes, this is real life.

I have an excuse though! The internet in this country is slooooooowwwwww. No big deal.. I’ll just read an entire book while waiting for my email to load.



Also, I felt a little dumb expecting that people would want to read my blog without pics to look at. Why would anyone want to hear about the amazing sunrise at Mt. Batur or the morning we spent cooking with a family on Gili Trawangan without a picture to accompany the description? In retrospect, that does sound a little stupid. So, after 3 weeks of procrastination on the blog front, here is a brief rundown of November (Movember, right??? Can’t wait to see some staches when I get home!!!)

So my ‘travelling alone’ thing lasted about 20 minutes. I literally have spent 18 hours by myself this entire trip. Which happened to be in Denpasar, Bali’s capital and busiest city on the island. Also the least touristy place I’ve been. Literally I saw 2 other foreigners in about 18 hours. A little wierd, but also cool cause it was the only place in Bali where you don’t get bombarded by people asking you if you want transport, a massage, a pair of fake Ray Bans or a hotel.

Apart from ‘mainland’ Bali (I know, its an island.. so technically not a mainland.), I’ve been to all three Gili islands (stayed on Trawangan, visited Meno and Air) and spent a few days on Nusa Lembongan (and walked across a bridge with a huge hole in it to get to Nusa Ceningan.)

On Bali, we hiking Mt. Batur at sunrise (and I’ve stolen a picture from Google to prove it)

this was 1,500 meters up.. we did the hike in complete darkness before sunrise


I accidentally drove over a mountain and back down the other side in a Lego car… unsealed roads are fun… I’m pretty sure everyone in the car had their lives flash before their eyes at least twice.

We went to a traditional barong dance and ceremony on Nusa Lembongan and saw 3 people slip into a trance. Apparently the ceremony is over when one of the entranced people freaks out.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I’ll be back in Cali soon… it’ll be strange not  to be sweating all the time.

Many more highlights to come… I have forced myself to take TONS of pictures.




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