10 things to do in the North of Bali

Bali has it all – lush tropical forests, stunning beaches, mountains and a volcano or three to climb, sunshine most of the year, a diverse and rich culture – no wonder it is called ‘The Island of the Gods’. An enchanting island to relax and unwind. Whilst most tourists head for Kuta, Sanur or Ubud…

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rice fields in Bali

2019 Travel Plans – where I am going & where I would like to go

2019 has only just started, and already my plans for the year are beginning to come together. I am going to try to be more spontaneous and not book too far in advance this year so that I can take advantage of any last minute opportunities that come along. Although I really enjoy housesitting, I…

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Lanai Cottage Room in NusaBay Menjangan

Chilling out at NusaBay Menjangan

NusaBay Menjangan is one of those delightful places you come across and you want to tell everyone about, but then hesitate as you also want to keep it to yourself. The resort is only accessible by boat, there are no cars and the only scooters are used by the park rangers, so it is uber-quiet,…

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Galungan dan Kuningan

Today, the 1st of November 2017 is the first day of Galungan in Bali. A tradition when the Balinese start the 10 day process of giving gratitude to their ancestors. The Galungan is the day that the ancestors come to visit and they are welcomed with elaborate offerings and prayers. The ancestors stay for 10 days…

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rice fields in Bali

When is the best time to visit Bali?

One of the most frequent questions I get asked is “When is a good time to go to Bali?” Personally, I would say anytime is good in Bali, but I don’t mind the sun or the rain, either is beautiful to me. Bali lies just south of the equator and has a tropical climate with…

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Sambal Matah | The Silver Nomad.

Sambal Matah – Balinese Lemongrass Sambal

Sambal matah, or lemongrass sambal is a delicious Balinese sauce: sweet, sour, hot and cooling all in one mouthful. Great with chicken, fish or vegetables. Adjust the amount of chillies to how hot you can handle it! Ingredients 5-6 stems of lemongrass 2 chillies deseeded, finely chopped 4 chillies deseeded, finely chopped (depending on how…

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