The Indonesian archipelago stretches across a significant distance in East Asia. Tiny islands suspended like jewels on an ocean of a thousand aquamarine shades. The exotic names conjure up images of tropical paradise. Bali, Lombok, Jakarta, Padangbai. Up until recently I’ve always considered myself more tourist than traveller. An agent would design a trip for me and paid up in advance we’d follow their instructions carefully, but this time I was determined to do it myself. How hard could it be? I found some good value flights and selected some dates. The destination? The Gili islands. Three tiny specks on the Indonesian map. An idyllic destination so small you can walk around them. So small there’s no cars, only pony and trap or bicycle.
Two big royal events marked the recent departure of my life in New Zealand for more adventures in Indonesia. British royalty Prince William and Catherine Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, visited Auckland with their baby son, George. In Bali, it was the occasion of a double royal wedding at Ubud Palace. And I was lucky enough to be there at both. Continue reading →