Ubud: capital of culture

Prior to arriving in Ubud, I had heard a great deal of positive reviews on the area. I had been told that it epitomized everything Balinese; from the local village painters to the traditional evening dance shows.
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The beautiful Gili Trawangan

After a very early rise and a smooth sailing boat, we arrived on the blissful island of Gili Trawangan on Saturday, slumping by the pool as soon as our check in was complete. The island has no cars or motorised vehicles , a fact that the locals are very proud of, although the whole island is run on generators. The only forms of transport are horse and cart (which wasn’t pleasant to see) or bicycle. The main strip consists of a series of shops and restaurants with rows upon rows of umbrellas overhead.
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Having a ball in Bali

On Tuesday of this week, I bid farewell to my wonderful Australian family (which was emotional, I’m not going to lie), and set off again on my travels to the beautiful Indonesian island of Bali. Bali is only a short 3 and a half hour flight from Perth, with no time difference and as I had already acclimatised to the heat back in Oz, was my ideal first stop.
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