Ubud and beyond, excursions in our very little car

Living in Ubud, our frequent day trips were pretty fun. Check out our car, it’s a Suzuki Karimun, and fitting 7 of us inside was cosy, to put a positive spin on it.


We drove to the ‘holy waters’ and watched people trying to wash themselves pure and giving offerings, as their kids played around in the water.


We hiked alongside Git Git falls on our way to Banjar hot springs.



We saw lake Batur and wondered if the volcano would start doing something exciting…. it didn’t.

Turns out, it was ‘schoolies week’ Bali style. Hundreds of school leavers covered their uniforms in spray paint and hooned around two or three to a scooter honking and yelling.


We visited the elephant temple and enjoyed being surrounded by mossy greenness. I felt like Legolas would appear from behind a tree and welcome us to the House of Elrond.

Instead we were greeted by stall holders who oddly thought we’d Iike to buy a hideous scary mask or some wooden carving. Someone needs to communicate to Bali-at-large that Australian customs WILL NOT allow wood stuff into Australia.

But, by far the MOST FUN outing we had was to the Bali Tree Tops, a high ropes course found within the Botanical Gardens at Bedugal. Not only was it fun, but Tintin, Meena and Snowy really did very well on the challenging levels of the course. It involved co-operation, coordination, strength balance and self control. We were really proud of them!

Chris (who is not keen on heights), Sparky and Baby Boy watched, cheered and filmed from below:

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8 Responses to Ubud and beyond, excursions in our very little car

  1. Mark Warner August 8, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    Gill, a point of correction. Australian Customs will allow you to bring back wood from overseas provided they’re certain it contains no bark, seeds or other means by which undesirables can enter the country.

    While walking the Kokoda Track last year I had a small carving made for me from a piece of local timber. I brought it back and declared it to Customs. They had a good look at it and let me keep it.

    So, if you see something you like, you might just be able to bring it back.

    Enjoying your travelogue.


    • Jill August 11, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

      Thanks Mark!
      So far, none of the hideous masks have appealed, but I’ll keep it in mind if we see something pretty!

  2. Barbara August 8, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    Miss M LOVED your video. Can’t believe Chris sat that one out. What a wuss!
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  3. Tracey Mansted August 8, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    Oh Jill – we LOVED watching your video!
    We are a Cub Scouts family (my DH Mike is a leader, both DDs cubs) and anything involving trees, rope and speed is a big winner!
    You all looked very happy : )
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  4. Lisa Wood August 8, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

    The treetop climb looks like so much fun, and the video is so cool 😉

    gee your car is so tiny!
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  5. Laura August 8, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    LOVE the video! Brilliant stuff x

  6. Maria August 16, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    So awesome.

    That skateboard thing was SCARY! I was there a few (weeks?) before. Those stirrups mean that shorter people cannot reach. Those things all wiggle. It is a tribute to the kids that they could manage it, and that they continued going through it!

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  7. Deb @ Bright and Precious August 26, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    How cool is that video! Love the accompanying music. Your kids will never forget these kinds of experiences. They’re so gutsy. I guess being on the road so much and being YOUR kids that was always how they’d be.
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