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Adam's Peak

Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka: To Climb or Not To Climb?

When I was planning this trip to Sri Lanka I wasn’t sure about Adam’s Peak. I had read that it was HARD and frankly, I didn’t know if I could hack it. I discussed it with Toni and he suggested we give it a go.

magic of adams peak

The Magic of Adam’s Peak, Sri Lanka

We were almost at the top. We’d walked a gruelling 4 hours. Our legs were shaking from the exertion of climbing 5,500 steps. We were shivering from our own sweat-soaked clothes that had turned freezing cold after we’d stopped at the Last Chance Cafe 

dambulla cave temples

Dambulla Caves Temples, Sri Lanka

The Dambulla Cave Temples were one of the things I was most looking forward to seeing in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle, yet they still managed to exceed my expectations. It was at Dambulla Cave Temples that I realised that every day in Sri Lanka we were living new experiences:

Pare Ginard Museum Mallorca

Pare Ginard Museum, Mallorca

There’s a new house-museum opened up in Mallorca, called the Casa Pare Ginard Museu de la Paraula, Father Ginard House Museum of the word. Interesting name, huh? What do you think it’s about?

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Photo Tour of Gunung Kawi, Bali

One of the temples that I most enjoyed in Bali during the tour that we took with a Spanish-speaking guide was Gunung Kawi. As you know, I am a little behind (slight understatement) with keeping you up to date about my travels in Bali and the second half of my backpacking trip around Indonesia.

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Guided Tour of Bali

We booked a guided tour of Bali for the day. Well, around the area of Ubud and the surrounding countryside. Unfortunately, due to the state of the island’s roads you couldn’t get very far around Bali in a day. We booked this tour through Begonia and the Kupu-Kupu Foundation, a charity organisation in Ubud.

Saraswati Temple, Ubud

Saraswati Temple, Ubud

One great place to visit in Ubud is the Saraswati Temple (also known as Lotus Temple). It’s very accessible and central to Ubud, and it’s free. (Location here). You do have to wear a sarong though, as at many Hindu temples in Bali.

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Bali Dances, Ubud

No visit to Ubud is complete without a visit to Saraswati Temple (better known as Lotus Temple) for a vibrant and dramatic night of traditional Bali dance. I’m sure you’ve heard of the dances in Bali, deeply routed in Hinduism and developed over time with a style of their own.

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Ubud Market

Ubud Market in Bali was by far the best tourist market that I went to in Indonesia. It was beaten on bargains only by Malioboro Street and the Jamu Herbs Market both in Yogyakarta. Ubud Market is not particularly big, but it’s central and it’s pleasant to walk around.

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Is Borobudur Really Worth a Visit?

Borobudur is the world’s largest Buddhist Temple. It is said to date from the 9th century, but just like so many temples in the area, became consumed by the ash and lava from surrounding volcanoes at some point in time and was not uncovered again until 1815 when Sir Stamford Raffles ordered excavation

prambanan and the hidden temples

Prambanan and the Hidden Temples

When we went to Prambanan and the Hidden Temples we did an alternative tour rather than the generic minibus-transfer-plus-entrance-ticket-tour. On our visit to Prambanan and the Hidden Temples, the four of us hired motorbikes with driver, which meant we were able to take the scenic route along the country lanes

candi sambisari

Candi Sambisari

Candi Sambisari is one of the ‘Hidden Temples’ that we visited on our tour of Prambanan and the Hidden Temples from Yogyakarta. And it’s not a hidden temple because it’s off the beaten track, but because it has literally spent centuries hidden.

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A Truly Kosher Visit to the Jewish Cemetery

One of the most interesting and unusual visits I’ve ever taken part in in Mallorca was to the Jewish Cemetery in Santa Eugenia. Seems like a strange visit, doesn’t it: a tour of a cemetery? It’s generally a place that people avoid if possible. But this one was special…

Jamu herbs market

Jamu Herbs Market, Yogyakarta

Okay, here it is; first ever Indonesia post: Jamu Herbs Market, Yogyakarta. And it will be the first of many, but please be patient because I have to organise, process and upload all the photos onto my Flickr account before I can start to write posts – very complicated this blogging life, you know!

Wat Phra Kaew

What’s a Wat?

As Bangkok is our Destination of the Month at the moment, you might have noticed that I have used the word Wat many times when talking about the temples in Bangkok. But what’s a wat? What’s a Wat? Basically a Wat is a temple. More Specifically, a Wat is a Buddhist Temple.