Sanur, Bali

The air is hot and wet here – hotter and more humid than any other place we’ve been so far. After so many months of travelling in hot countries you would think we would be used to it by now. And yet, I am afraid to leave our air-conditioned room.

Our home for the next couple of weeks is a stunning oasis tucked behind a high wall and surrounded by lush greenery. An inviting pool is surrounded on three sides by two guest houses and the main house. The outdoor kitchens, living areas, and bathrooms are a clear indication that the weather is friendly all year round. We are only a short walk to the beach, but we spend much of our time relaxing in our own private paradise.

We make several day trips to Ubud – once a tiny village surrounded by rice fields when Astrid and I visited 15 years ago, now a congested but still alluring tourist hub with brief glimpses of jungle and rice fields. We take batik and wood carving workshops, visit the monkey forest/temple, and watch the famous Ketchak dance.

Monkey forest

We bike along the shoreline in Sanur.

Biking in Sanur

We wear sarongs and wander through the clifftop temple of Uluwatu.

Temple visit

We wear wetsuits and become certified SCUBA divers – Astrid and I finally catching up with Sebastien who got certified in the Philippines.

Diving

Andrew & Astrid

We are a family from Vancouver, Canada. We are hitting the reset button on our lives. We've packed everything into the garage and rented our home for a year. This is our travel story.

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