Switzerland, New Zealand · 59 Days · 94 Moments · September 2018

97 days of travel: Bali-New Zealand-Hawaii๐ŸŒบ


Today

Lake Maraetai - Otorohanga (102 km, 1.5 hour)

Yesterday

Rotorua - Lake Maretai (73 km, 1 hour) After wine tasting we went on to our way to Waimoto to see the glowworms on the next day. We did an overnight stop at a really nice campsite #16 called Lake Maretai. In the evening we had a strong rainfall but on the next day we woke up with this view โ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒฒ
Rotorua - Volcanic Hills Winery We did a wine tasting ๐Ÿท. We liked the wine - it was really nice. We also had a nice view onto Lake Rotorua cause the winery was located on a hill.

2 days ago

Rotorua - Redwoods Treewalk ๐ŸŒฒ This was sooo cool ๐Ÿคฉ & definitely worth to go! The treewalk consists of 21 suspension bridges traversing between 22 Californian coastal redwood trees ๐ŸŒฒ . It gave very unique view to the trees & forest from 12 m above the ground. Treewalk quick facts๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ: starting height 6 m, highest point 12 m, longest bridge 37 m, length 553 m, 21 bridges, 22 platforms. New Zealand Redwood Tree quick facts๐ŸŒฒ: tallest living trees on earth, first tree planted in 1901, height 72 m, diameter 2 m, circumference 6.2 m, volume of wood 75.4 cubic meters: enough timber to build 3.5 houses ๐Ÿก.
Rotorua - Wai-O-Tapu On the way to Rotorua we stopped by another active geothermal area (15 sq km) Wai-O-Tapu. Due to many geothermal conditions beneath the earth, the area has many hot springs with colourful appearance like the Champagne Pool ๐Ÿพ. In addition the Lady Knox Geyser is located next to but as we heard afterwards, its a fake geyser: they make the geyser to erupt daily at 10:15am by dropping a surfactant into the opening of the vent๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿผ. We donโ€™t like ๐Ÿคซ even we were to late for the eruption as we recognized also afterwards. The lady sold us the tickets even she knows we were too late ๐Ÿคฌ. The yesterdays geothermal area was wayyyy better & not so crowded by Chinese people.
Taupล - Rotorua (86 km, 1 hour) We left Taupล to Rotorua early this morning to see another geothermal area & go to a redwood forest near Rotorua. Our campsite #14 ๐Ÿ• is called Holdens Bay, cheap but nothing special. Tomorrow is planned to go for a freedom one again.

3 days ago

Taupล - Orakei Korako We visited this highly active geothermal area that is most notable for its series of fault-stepped sinter terraces. Its one of the largest geyser field in New Zealand with up to 35 active geysers. The most famous of these is the Diamond Geyser whose unpredictable eruptions can last from a few minutes to many hours, ejecting boiling water as high as nine metres. Unfortunately we didnโ€™t see any eruption ๐Ÿ™ƒ. Nevertheless we were impressed what mother nature can achieve & maintain over years/decades ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฟ.
National Park - Taupล (100 km, 1.5 hours) Weather wasnโ€™t that good to do a hike again & we went further on to Taupล, one of the larger cities in NZL. Campsite #14 is a 5* one with hot pools ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ nearby. It was a deal via campermate โ˜บ๏ธ so we chose this one ๐Ÿ˜‰.

4 days ago

Whakapapa - Ridge Walk Track Since we decided not to do the crossing there are plenty of possibilities to walk through Tongariro National Park to have an amazing view on the volcanoes ๐ŸŒ‹. We took the Ridge Walk which is a short climb through low beech forest, the track emerges into alpine shrublands with panoramic views of all three active volcanic mountains Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro ๐Ÿ”๐ŸŒ‹. Despite Tongariro National Park was the fourth national park established in the world & ranked as a UNESCO World Heritage. The view was very nice and worth the climb - we like!
Ohingaiti - National Park (122 km, 1.5 hours) We continued our way to the Tongariro National Park ๐Ÿ”. Once there we decided not to do the crossing due to bad weather conditions & inappropriate clothing ๐Ÿ˜‚. Ok, sounds more like an excuse but there is still snow on 1โ€˜900 m so you have to wear warm clothes โ„๏ธ & second, when you are not so passionate hiker, 8 hours are very long & challenging. Anyway, we went for a shorter hike to a lookout where we had a nice view onto the volcanos ๐ŸŒ‹. After that we went for the campsite & for the first time, our favorite was fully booked & we need to go for a very crappy & cheap one: campsite #13 is called Joyโ€˜s Diary.

5 days ago

Ohingaiti - Whitecliff Boulders These were hard to find: even google donโ€™t know their real location๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ. We needed to use gravel roads & crossing sheep paddocks ๐Ÿ‘ to get to the carpark ๐Ÿš. The best thing despite the Boulders was the walk through the sheep paddocks ๐Ÿ‘. The Whitecliffs Boulders are extremely intriguing Boulders known as cannon ball concretions made from mudstone. Some are split & some even have trees growing from the centre ๐ŸŒฒ.
Wellington - Ohingaiti (204 km, 2.5 hours) We left windy Welly & went our way to the North. First stop towards the Tongariro NP is Ohingaiti. There is nothing to do exept seeing the Withefalls Boulders in the forest ๐ŸŒฒ. Campsite #12 is Flat Hill, very small, cosy & cheap ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

6 days ago

Wellington - Scopa Italian Cuisine We were at a really nice italian restaurant not only because of the pizzas ๐Ÿ• also the hot chocolate was rated here as one of the best - and they would became right: this place makes one of the best hot chocolates โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿซ not toooo sweet just perfect - and the best you can get it in different sizes: as a shot, regular & large. I took a shot (espresso size). Cheers!
Rainy & stormy Wellington ๐ŸŒง๐Ÿ’จ What to do when the weather god is not in favor of you? First of all, take a long sleep ๐Ÿ’ค. Then go for a Brunch ๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฅ‘โ˜•๏ธ (Floriditas) & search for indoor activities to do: 1) visit of NZL National Museum (Te Papa Tongarewa; for free), 2) go for a pool game or two... and last but not least buy tickets for the cinema ๐ŸŽฅ๐Ÿฟbut before we go to

7 days ago

Picton - Wellington (103 km, 3.5 houry by ferry โ›ด) We took the ferry โ›ด to the Wellington, New Zealandโ€˜s capital. The ride over was smooth & we took a semi-freedom campsite #11 at Wellington Waterfront. Basically its a paid carpark without any amnesties BUT its close to the city ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ. Wellington welcomed us wit rain ๐ŸŒง & wind ๐Ÿ’จ or even storm! Anyway, we are excited for our next destinations on the North Island: Tongario NP, Rotorua, Coromandel... and we hope to see the sun โ˜€๏ธ again!
Marahau - Picton (198 km, 3 hours) via Nelson & Queen Charlotte Drive On our way to the North Island we stopped in Nelson, a cute little city with cafes & more cafes โ˜•๏ธ. It is a nice city nice for shopping & go for dinner or so but not worth to stay a night here. So we changed our booking for the ferry โ›ด to this evening. After Nelson we hit the famous Queen Charlotte Drive from Havelock to Picton, where you usally have a great view over Marlborough Soundsโ›ฐ. As you can see, our good weather luck ๐Ÿ€โŒ is already over & we had to deal again with rain ๐ŸŒง & clouds โ˜๏ธ.

8 days ago

Marahau - Abel Tasman NP Oh hey - this was just a PERFECT day to hit the tracks in Abel Tasman NP ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™‚๏ธ. Abel Tasman National Park is renowned for its golden beaches ๐Ÿ, sculptured granite cliffs โ›ฐ & its famous coast track. We took the first aquataxi to Bark Bay in the middle of the park & walked via Cleopatra Pool back to Anchorage Bay where we got picked-up at 4 pm. All in all, we hiked 15 km in 5 hours ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™‚๏ธincluding a lunch break. The views were incredible & water were soooo clear ๐Ÿ’ฆ. We have had loads of sunโ˜€๏ธ , nature๐ŸŒฟ, rain forest๐ŸŒฒ & beach ๐Ÿ.

9 days ago

Murchison - Marahau (143 km, 2 hours) We woke up with relatively nice & dry weather but as soon as we were on our way up north to Marahau, the door to the Abel Tasman NP, the weather gets better and better โ˜๏ธ๐ŸŒฅโ›…๏ธ๐ŸŒคโ˜€๏ธ. Marahau welcomed us with a cloudless sky & sun โ˜€๏ธ โ˜บ๏ธ - finally itโ€™s warm again! We went for a first short walk of 1.5 hour into the NP. Tomorrow we chartered a aquataxi ๐Ÿš• to Bark Bay & we will walk all the way back to Anchorage Bay, where we will get pick-up again. For tonight we chose a little campsite #10 called โ€šThe Barnโ€˜๐Ÿš.

10 days ago

Pancake Rocks The only hour where it was not raining today - we are so lucky ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ˜‚. The The Pancake Rocks are a layered rock formation formed 30 Mio years ago from fragments below the ocean. Water pressure caused the fragments to solidify in hard and soft layers and so the layered shapes appeared. This is totally worth to stop for and go on the short loop walk ๐Ÿ‘ฃ
Greymouth - Murchison (170 km, 2.5 hours) After a very very stormy โ›ˆ & rainy โ˜”๏ธ night we continued our way to Abel Tasman NP with a overnight stop in Murchison. On the way there we only stopped at the Pancake Rocks ๐Ÿฅž& Blow Hole, all other sites we wished to stop came with rain โ˜”๏ธ. Our campsite #9 is Murchison Motorhome Park located at the river.

2 November 2018

Fox Glacier - Franz Josef Glacier (32 km, 30 minutes) Probably one of our shortest drives here in New Zealand ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ. We went one village further to shop some groceries. We decided spontaneously to do the glacier valley walk in this place and not to go back to the Fox Glacier. So tonight we are sleeping in a rain forest at a very nice campsite #7 Rainforest Retreat Holiday Park ๐ŸŒฒ
Franz Josef Glacier - Valley Walk & Climb At Franz Josef we did two walks: first the so called Sentinel Rock Walk to the top of a little rock. This โ€žclimbโ€œ was indicated with 10 min up - we did it in 5 or so ๐Ÿคฃ. The Glacier Valley Walk took us a little bit longer - 1.5 hour return. We could access the glacier to 700 m before its terminal. Seeing the glacier was not that special and we think Switzerland probably offers better sights on al glacier as we saw in August this year๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ
Fox Glacier - Lake Matheson We did the 1.5 hour walk around Lake Matheson that is is famous for its reflected views of Mount Cook and Mount Tasman. Unfortunately, the mountains were covered by the clouds โ˜๏ธ

1 November 2018

Stop 4 - Roaring Billy Falls Again an easy walk along a track lined with tree fern, passing some fine examples of miro, matai and silver beech trees. The Roaring Billy waterfalls terminating into the Haast river are less spectacular than the incredible way through the forest ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฟ
Stop 3 - Thunder Creek Falls An tall & easy accessible 96 m waterfall that is located in Mt Aspiring National Park, along HAAST Highway.
Stop 2 - Blue Pools It was a short walk through mature beech & podocarp forest that leads to the natural crystal clear glacial water gathered from the mountains flowing into the Makarora River.
Stop 1 - Lake Hawea Lookout This was so far the best view we had so far! See the pictures- they talk for themselves๐Ÿ”โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ
Wanaka - Fox Glacier (363 km, 6 hours w/ stops) The first thing we did in the morning was going to see the doctor cause Susanne has an issue with her right eye since 4 days ๐Ÿฅ. Hope we could fix it now๐Ÿ€. After that we left Wanaka towards Haast & Fox Glacier. On the way there we did several stops ๐Ÿ›‘ to see the incredible nature ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ”. After this long day we checked in at campsite #6 Fox Glacier Top10 Holiday Park and now enjoying some sun โ˜€๏ธ outside with s nice glass of wine ๐Ÿท.

31 October 2018

Wanaka - Rippon Wine Tasting Never had a better spot for wine tasting ๐Ÿท. Nice ambience & a fantastic view over Lake Wanaka ๐Ÿ”. The winery is fully family owned & runned with in total 14 ha of land. They produce their wines fully natural & donโ€™t add any supplements to their wines. The wines taste different to those we were used to (eg Italian or French) so we didnโ€™t bought a bottle - even this was the intention why we went there! ๐Ÿ˜•
Wanaka - Mount Iron Track ๐Ÿ” Mount Iron is a small rocky knoll that rises nearly 250 m next to Wanaka. Its a short hike/walk up (45 min) & from the summit there is an excellent 360-degree view of Lake Wanaka & surrounded mountains๐Ÿ”. As you can see in the pictures - even the sun โ˜€๏ธ is out, its pretty cold โ„๏ธ & windy ๐Ÿ’จ, especially you sweat from the hike.
Queenstown - Wanaka (67 km, 1 hour) This was probably our shortest drive in NZL. We cruised over a pass & had a really nice view down to Queenstown. Here we had a little odyssey to find our home for tonight. We wanted a low-cost campsite cause we had everything we needed to stay at a non-powered site without any amneties. At the first campsite near Wanaka Susanne felt unsave cause there obviously live some homeless people permanently in their campervans so we moved on to Lake Hawea to camp at campsite #5 Lake Hawea Hotel.

30 October 2018

Queenstown After dinner we went for a drink ๐Ÿฅƒ to the โ€žBelow Zero Ice Barโ€œ โ˜ƒ๏ธ - below zero means here -12 degrees โ„๏ธ. Cups, sculptures, chandelier- everything is made out of ice. This was a nice experience but not a bar you stay for longer. Positive side effect: when we left the bar, it was way warmer outside than before โ„๏ธ๐Ÿ’จ.
Queenstown In the evening its getting more and more clear and finally the sun came out โ˜€๏ธ. We strolled through the city and went down to the lakeside and enjoyed the view ๐Ÿ”. It was planned to have a dinner at the famous Fregburger (take-away only) ๐Ÿ” BUT the queue was sooo long so we decided to go to restaurant (The World) where its also possible to sit in. The burgers here were nice ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ & spicy ๐ŸŒถ.
Te Anau - Queenstown (172 km, 2 hours) When we left Te Anau it was quite ok weather but on the way to Queenstown it got worse & worse. When we arrived in Queenstown it was raining and we didnโ€™t know if its possible to do the bungee. But we made it: Pascal did his bungee today (that was btw his birthday present from Susanne). With its 134 m the Nevis Bungee is the highest one in NZL. It was suuuper windy ๐Ÿ’จ & he was really lucky that it was possible to jump anyway. The following people had to wait until it calms down. We chose AJ Hackett Bungee: a very well organized company & we were able to do both activities watching each other. We checked in to our campsite #4, the Queenstown Holiday Park Creeksyde.

29 October 2018

Te Anau / Doubtful Sounds We did a day trip to one of New Zealandโ€™s UNESCO World Heritages - the Fiordland National Park where Doubtful Sounds is part of & discovered in 1770. The National Park covers 10% of New Zealandโ€˜s landmass. Its one of the wettest places on earth with 200 days a year of rain delivering around 7 meters of water from above โ˜”๏ธ. As you can see in the pictures: we had one of those 165 lucky days๐ŸŒค! The mountains surrounding Doubtful Sounds are covered by a rainforest๐ŸŒฒ ๐ŸŒฟ & the ocean hosts seals, penguins๐Ÿง & dolphins ๐Ÿฌ - but we were unlucky & didnโ€™t see any of them ๐Ÿ™. Doubtful Sounds is only accessibly by crossing Lake Manapouri & Wilmot Pass, the most expensive street in NZL (2$/cm) ๐Ÿšง and the only street that is not connected to another road, built to access/build-up the Manapouri power station. You see, we got a lot of historic information besides enjoying untouched nature ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒฟ

28 October 2018

Nugget Point - Te Anau (230 km, 3 hours) The third part of todays drive to Te Anau took us along endless green fields with thousands of sheeps & baby lambs ๐Ÿ‘. Looked like that NZL might have more sheep than citizens ๐Ÿค” What we also learned today that we should not underestimate the distances to drive because NZL roads are different - either in terms of condition ๐Ÿšงor the scenery๐Ÿ”๐ŸŒฒ. When we arrived in Te Anau the weather was quite friendly & not rainy anymore that gives us hope for tomorrow day trip to Doubtful Sounds ๐Ÿ›ฅ. Campsite #3 was the Te Anau Kiwi Lakefront Holiday Park ๐Ÿš, the best one so far.
Dunedin- Nugget Point Nugget Point is located more south the coast & it took us 2 hours to get there (110 km). At the end you can see two things: the lighthouse & rocky islets in the ocean(The Nuggets).
Dunedin - Baldwin Street Before we left Dunedin we went to see the steepest street in the world. Baldwin Street is about 350 m long where the last 70 m has a slope of 35%.

27 October 2018

Mount Cook - Dunedin via Moeraki Boulders On the last third to Dunedin we stopped at Moeraki which is famous for its boulders: spherical stones scattered across a beach. Each boulder weighs several tonnes & is up to two metres high.Scientists explain the boulders as calcite concretions formed about 65 million years ago. According to Maori legend, the boulders are gourds washed ashore from the great voyaging canoe Araiteuru when it was wrecked upon landfall in New Zealand hundreds of years ago. When in Dunedin we did some final shopping for the campervan & went to our campsite #2 Aaron Lodge Holiday Park. In total we drove around 320 km.
Lake Pukaki - Mount Cook ๐Ÿ” We woke up early to be in time for the sunset at Aoraki - the village close to Mt Cook ๐Ÿ”. The morning drive to the village along Lake Pukaki was adventurous: 60 km one-way & rabbits ๐Ÿฐ always crossing the road: almost 2-times we hunted for our dinner ๐Ÿฝ Unfortunately the sunset was not there but we took the chance for a non-crowded walk to a viewpoint. The Kea Point Track leads to a platform where we enjoyed the views of Mount Sefton (3โ€™157 m), the Mueller Lake and Mount Cook (3โ€™754 m) ๐Ÿ”๐ŸŒฒ. We were so lucky ๐Ÿ€ with the weather so no clouds โ˜๏ธ hiding Mt Cook which is very common. After this nice morning walk (1.5 hours) we continued our journey to Dunedin via Twizel. The road to Twizel leads along beautiful Lake Pukaki.

26 October 2018

Campsite #1 - Lake Pukaki Its a free (wild) campsite ๐Ÿ• sharing with other tourists. We cooked & re-arranged everything in our van before enjoying the sunset from the inside w/ a Phase 10 game ๐Ÿ˜† Btw - itโ€˜s f#%! coldโ„๏ธ Tomorrow we buy some more blankets & a hot-water bottle ๐Ÿ”ฅ
Lake Tekapo - Lake Pukaki Next stop was Lake Pukaki which covers an area of 178.7 square km. The glacial feed to the lake give the distinctive blue colour, created by glacial flour, the extremely finely ground rock particles from the glaciers. Same here - stunning view to Mount Cook ๐Ÿ”.
Christchurch - Lake Tekapo We drove 227 km along a very beautiful scenary to Lake Tekapo, a turquoise lake. The lake has a size of 83 square km and offers a stunning view towards Mount Cook๐Ÿ”.

25 October 2018

โ€žLook at this beauty - itโ€˜s your home for the next weeksโ€œ ๐Ÿš With this words the girl from the car rental handed over our camper. We took it over with 277โ€™401 km - letโ€˜s see how many we add!
Bye Bye Bali โ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒด ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡จ 5 weeks in Bali got us like: approx. 30 hours in cars ๐Ÿš• & 14 hours on a boat ๐Ÿ›ฅ, 18 dives ๐Ÿข๐Ÿ , 5 waterfalls ๐Ÿ’ฆ, 1 hikeโ›ฐ, 20 hours in the gym ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ & 25 hours at the beach๐Ÿ‘™ ๐Ÿ, 7 sunsets ๐ŸŒ… & 1 sunrise ๐ŸŒ„, 2 rainy days โ˜”๏ธ, 12L to fuel our scooters โ›ฝ๏ธ, cruised 200 km around Canggu ๐Ÿ›ต, 10 laundries๐Ÿ‘• & 2 illnesses๐Ÿ’Š, 9 books read ๐Ÿ“š, 28-times Phase10 played ๐Ÿƒ aaaand around 46โ€˜000โ€˜000 IDR๐Ÿ’ฐ. Thank you Bali - we had a blast! โ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒŠ Now we are at the airport & waiting for our flight to Christchurch, New Zealand ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ and last but not least: loss of our AMC Swiss Army Knife at the security check ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

22 October 2018

21 October 2018

Our last Day Trip ...took us to the Sekumpul Waterfall that is rated as the most scenic waterfall in Bali. The waterfall is a cluster of 6-7 narrow cascades with a height of 100 m & come form the centrepiece of a lush green bamboo forested valley. Getting down there requires effort with paths comprising dirt tracks, 365 stairs & crossings over streams. The trek was fun too & we took a refreshing swim in one of the pools. Going back up was again not funny for our guide cause we were too fast for her.

20 October 2018

Today was the first day of rain โ˜”๏ธ but only in the morning, for 10 minutes. Not that long but quite enough to destroy our plans to go to the 9 am Crossfit class... We hanged out for the rest of the day at Finns Beach Club to have food ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ•๐Ÿฅ—, beers ๐Ÿบ, cocktails๐Ÿน & a tan โ˜€๏ธ

19 October 2018

Back โ€žhomeโ€œ in Canggu, the boys went for a ride to Tanah Lot a traditional Hindu temple. Tanah Lot means "Land in the Sea" in the Balinese language. The temple sits on a large off-shore rock which has been shaped continuously over the years by the ocean tide. While the boys went for sightseeing, Susanne was doing girls stuff and went for a manicure & pedicure ๐Ÿ’…๐Ÿป

18 October 2018

Komodo National Park from above captured at the flight back to Bali.

17 October 2018

After two dices we went on the Komodo Dragon Trek & luckily saw a few of those giant lizards๐ŸฆŽ. It is the largest living species of lizard, growing to a length of 3 m & weighing up to 70 kg ๐ŸฆŽ. This was a nice but hot treck through the Loh Buaya Komodo National Park on Rica Island.
Day 2 in Komodo National Park This day started delayed cause the boats didnโ€™t got clearance for going out due to the jumpy ocean ๐ŸŒŠ In the end we were the only boat who got cleared cause we have a speedboat ๐Ÿšค First dive was at Sabayor Kecil, second at Tengah/Pengah Kecil. Both sites were with more or less bad visibility but very nice coral reefs. We dove two times through a narrow coral reef that was soooo beautiful ๐Ÿฆ€๐Ÿก๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฆ‘๐Ÿ ๐Ÿข

16 October 2018

Day 1 in Komodo National Park Yesterday we flew to Labuan Bajo the Mekka for all divers๐Ÿ ๐Ÿข๐Ÿฆˆ Today was day 1/2 for diving in the legendary national park. The park includes 3 larger islands & 26 smaller ones, with a total area of 1โ€™733 square km (603 square km of it land). The national park was founded in 1980 to protect the Komodo dragon, the world's largest lizard. Today we went to 3 dive sites: Police Corner, Batu Bolong & Makassar aka Manta Point๐Ÿข๐Ÿ ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿฆˆ๐Ÿฆ€๐Ÿก and yes, we were lucky and saw 2 big Manta Rays w/ a disc diameter of approx 4 m. This does sound not that big but when you are on the same level like them - they ARE such beautiful giants!

14 October 2018

Bali sunsets are the best โค๏ธ๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒŠโ˜€๏ธ

13 October 2018

Birthday treatments ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽˆat La Brisa w/ ocean-front day bed ๐Ÿน๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŒŠโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒด

12 October 2018

Night Trip to climb Mount Batur We were picked-up by Jony at Thursday night around 1.30 am to made our way to Mount Batur. Mount Batur (1โ€˜717m) is an active volcano located north west of Mount Agung. The first eruption was in 1804 & the most recent in 2000. We arrived at the parking lot around 3 am where our guide welcomed us. He gave some instructions & told us that we need around 2 hours to hike up. We told him that we accept the challenge ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ & we will do it in 1 hour 30 minutes - he didnโ€™t took it that serious๐Ÿ™„. After a few minutes of walking he asked if we need a break - we declined. We did so with the following 2 stops & he suddenly realized that we take it serious. After an hour or so, the guide needed a break cause we were too fast ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™‚๏ธ: mission accomplished ๐ŸŽฏ. We reached the top in 1 hour 26 minutes where it was freezing cold ๐ŸŒฌโ„๏ธ. At the end, we were honored by an amazing sunrise overlooking the other volcano Mount Agung ๐ŸŒ„

10 October 2018

After having lunch in Ubud, Pascal & Michi went to the Monkey Forest ๐Ÿ’ to have fun with those friendly monkeys ๐Ÿ’ The Monkey Forest is a sanctuary for Balinese long tailed Monkey. There are around 749 monkeys living in this sanctuary, divided in 6 groups. Where monkeys are, there are also trees ๐ŸŒณ: the forest hosts 186 species of trees in 12.5 hectares. While the boys have been on traces of our ancestors, Susanne went on a window shopping tour through Ubud ๐Ÿ›
With a drive of 2 min ๐Ÿš• (probably the shortest we will ever do) we changed the location & went to the famous Tegalalang Rice Terrace. They are famous for their stunning view & they are so well maintained. The layers of dense green foliage creates an amazing pattern on the side of the hill, almost like a big, green, layer-cake ๐Ÿฐ. The rice fields can be easily explored & enjoyed by a variety of tracks. We decided to enjoy the view w/ a coke ๐Ÿฅค & water๐Ÿ’ง from a restaurant cause it was too hot to go on a trekking tourโ˜€๏ธโ˜€๏ธโ˜€๏ธ
Day Trip to the Ubud area Today we went to the center of Bali, the Ubud area. There are a lot of things to do e.g. going on a giant โ€žsuper extreme swingโ€œ overlooking rice fields. In the end, the super-duper extreme swing was not that super-duper as we expected it is but nevertheless it was fun!

9 October 2018

Beach Day & Surf ๐Ÿค™๐Ÿผ We went for a beach day ๐Ÿโ˜€๏ธ & surf ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿป ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ Michi was sooo excited to go surfing, so he asked Susanne every 10 min when they go... At 4pm they jumped in & catched some baby-waves ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿค™๐Ÿผ

8 October 2018

Look who's coming over here! Michi arrived this evening & got picked-up by our driver Jony! He was so tired ๐Ÿ˜ด so he slept aaaaall the way to Canggu.

7 October 2018

You are wondering what we are doing the whole f*#% day?! Surprise, surprise but we are getting up early - around 7.30 am. Then we prepare breakfast by ourselves. This looks all day the same: oats, granola, milk & different fruits ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฅฅ. After eating our granola bowl we come to the hard part of the day: relaxing, tanning โ˜€๏ธ, reading a book ๐Ÿ“š, playing cards, go for a swim ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ, to the beach ๐Ÿ... We have our lunch or 2nd breakfast around 2 pm & always trying to find new fancy cafรฉs in Canggu Paradise. CrossFit is also part of it: we joined CrossFit Wanderlust - 1โ€™000 square meters of pure fun. Either we go at around 11 am for a open gym session or we join the class at 4.30 pm. We usually go every day - our โ€žrest daysโ€œ are those when we go & explore the island. Having the morning CrossFit session, we go for the sunset ๐ŸŒ… & a beer and eat dinner around 7 pm. You see we have a โ€žhard lifeโ€œ - but actually we wonโ€™t change or miss this as time passes sooo fast every day! Cheers ๐ŸŽ‰

6 October 2018

All in all, this was a very loooong day starting at 06:30 in the morning, followed by waiting at the harbor for 1.5 hours to get to the fast boat๐Ÿ›ฅ. After a 45 minutes cruise we reached a platform in the ocean where we got a shuttle boat ๐Ÿšค to Nusa Penida. The schedule was so tight so we havenโ€™t had any lunch ๐Ÿด. Luckily we brought some protein bars ๐Ÿซ with us that saved our life. Means, the organization was bad but we were rewarded with an amazing scenery. We would go again, maybe with spending a night on the island ๐Ÿ›Œ.
Last but not least we stopped by at Crystal Bay for relax, beer๐Ÿบ & coconut ๐Ÿฅฅ The bay is best known as one of Nusa Penidaโ€™s famous snorkelling & dive sites. The boat went back at 3 pm so we had no time for snorkeling.
Second Stop was Angels Billabong & Broken Beach ๐Ÿ Angels Billabong is a crystal clear tide pool cascades into the ocean ๐ŸŒŠ that was closed for swimming - unfortunately๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ Broken Beach (Pasih Uug) is an incredible little cove & scenic coastal formation. The highlight of the cove & the reason it is called Broken Beach is due to the archway that wraps around the bay allowing water to flow in and out from the ocean. What a beauty!
Day Trip to Nusa Penida We started early in the morning to get to the harbour ๐Ÿ›ฅ & the boat to Nusa Penida ๐Ÿ. Once there we had some slight difficulties to find our driver ๐Ÿš•. Nusa Penida is like Nusa Lembongan 4 years ago: no one speaks proper English, 1/3 of the roads are โ€žokโ€œ developed - the rest are very bumpy & narrow roads. So going around there takes time๐Ÿ•– and thus, we focused on the Western part of the island. First stop was famous Kelingking Beach with its stunning view. There are two storys behind the name: 1) the cliff formation is reminiscent of a Tyrannosaurus Rex head, hence its nickname โ€žT-Rex Bayโ€œ. 2) Kelingking translates into English meaning Pinkie a term referencing the smallest finger on the hand - like a pinkie promise. Select the one you like most๐Ÿ˜‰ There are no more wards needed: we were overwhelmed once more what mother nature can achieve๐Ÿ˜. Due to lack of time we did not hike down the 400 m cliffside.

5 October 2018

What a beautiful tree! ๐ŸŒณ

4 October 2018

Day Trip to a special place We visited Beji Guwang, a hidden canyon. It is a rugged & deep rocky gorge along a section of the Oos River between Ubud and Sanur. Even our driver Jony didnโ€˜t know this place, so it was for both of us a surprise how this turns out. When we arrived, there were only a few people, so this place was definitely not on everyones list. The entrance fee requires to hire a guide which turns out to be necessary. However in the beginning we never thought that this would one of our best tours๐Ÿฅ‡ So we were asked to put on our swim cloth and only to carry flip flops with us. Then we started climbing rocks ๐Ÿง—๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ & wade through water ๐Ÿ’ฆ to explore this amazing canyon. Finally we swam deep into one canyon that had an amazing lighting โœจ This was an unique experience we highly recommend to do when you visit Bali ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ
Our trip - our adventure First, we went to a waterfall called Tegenungan in the Ubud area. This place was a litte bit crowded even we were there at 9 am. Actually the waterfall has less water ๐Ÿ’ง. Nevertheless he is quite strong & itโ€˜s forbidden ๐Ÿšซ to swim unterneath. When its rainy season the water is everywhere and you cannot go down.

2 October 2018

Pascal is back! ๐Ÿ˜€ Being two days separated, Pascal came back yesterday evening. Of course he passed his Advanced Open Water Cert & is now allowed to dive deeeep ๐Ÿข๐Ÿ ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฆˆ๐Ÿณ no more โ€žbubble-makerโ€œ anymore๐Ÿคฃ But now itโ€™s all about pool & tanning w/ a crossfit session later that day. 31 degrees brought also Susanne to the pool for a quick refreshment ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

30 September 2018

Mornings in Canggu w/o Pascal crossfit ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ - protein shakes ๐Ÿฅ› - blueberry smoothie bowl & a book ๐Ÿ“š @ Motion Cafe aka Brunch: Breakfast & Lunch ๐Ÿด aaand of course our room mate โ€žStummelschwanzโ€œ ๐Ÿฑ: she is always welcoming & accompanying us w/ a noisy *miau* (itโ€˜s a bummer that i couldnโ€™t post videos)

29 September 2018

The best way to observe a fish, is to become a fish - Jacques Yves Cousteau We followed this quote & went diving today. After 20(!) years of completing his Open Water Cert Pascal started his a course to get an Adv Open Water Diver ๐Ÿ’ณ - in preparation for our upcoming get-away to the Komodo NP ๐Ÿš๐Ÿข๐ŸŸ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฆˆ๐ŸŠ. Susanne accompanied him by his first tryout after years for two dives. The dive spot is called Blue Lagoon located next to Padangbai in East Bali ๐Ÿ›ถโš“๏ธ. This spot was not thaaaat exciting - we both already saw better ones - but the main issue was to get comfortable again ๐Ÿ’ฆ/to become a ๐Ÿ  before heading to Komodo. However, we saw cuttlefish, turtle ๐Ÿข, eal, boxfish, lionfish...and others ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ . A kind of a surprise was the low temperature of the water: at 12/18m depth it was around 23 degrees which is actually coldโ„๏ธ. Susanne was freezing during the first dive so she got a second wetsuit for the following dive. Pascal stays for 2 nights in Padangbai & Susanne went back to Canggu.

27 September 2018

We donโ€˜t wanna miss out the possibility to introduce you to our driver of our last (and probably future) tours: Jony from Canggu๐Ÿš• He is a really nice guy with excellent local knowledge and tips & always up for a joke. A selfie at the end is a must ๐Ÿคณ
Last but not least we visited the UNESCO World Heritage Jatiluwih. These stunning rice terrace covers a surface of 32 square kilometers in around 1โ€˜000 m above sea level to provide optimal conditions for the growth of rice ๐Ÿš. We had luck with the weather (usually it rains in this area) & so we went for a stroll through the rice fields & had the possibility to get nice photos ๐Ÿ“ธ
The third stop on our tour was a hindu temple built in a lake (actually surrounded w/ no water๐Ÿ’ง ): Pura Ulun Danu Batran. We think this temple was more impressive to the Asian visitors than to us. Just for the record: make a photo in front of temple โœ… In about 15 min we finished our visit there & moved on to the final destination of the day...
The second waterfall weโ€˜ve seen today is called Banyumala, far in the north of Bali. We hiked up/down to this impressive twin waterfall & took a refreshing swim ๐ŸŠโ€โ™‚๏ธ
Day-Trip to the North We hiked to a wooooonderful & hidden waterfall called Leke Leke๐Ÿ’ฆ This place was just magical: the light, the tiny waterfall & the silence. Believe it or not: weโ€˜ve been there w/o any other people.

24 September 2018

After late lunch we went on to the highlight of the day visiting the Uluwatu Temple for sunset ๐ŸŒ… The sunset was very nice but we didnโ€™t watch it to the very end cause Susanne got afraid of the monkeys ๐Ÿ’ once she saw them fighting and jumping around & stealing smartphones. Sidenote: Uluwatu has very aggressive monkeys ๐Ÿ’ so it is not allowed to wear any sunglasses or other removable things. Nevertheless the monkeys find other things to steal so one tourist lost his iPhone.
Our driver took us for a late lunch to Single Fin close to surfers paradise Uluwatu Beach where we enjoyed the afternoon with some nice food ๐Ÿ” & beers ๐Ÿป overlooking the ocean๐ŸŒŠ
Next stop was Dreamland Beach ๐Ÿ The name says it: a very nice beach w/ crystal clear water & high waves๐ŸŒŠ
Day-Trip to the Sounth We hired a driver for one day and he took us to the South of Bali, to the โ€žBubbleโ€œ. First we stopped at the hidden beach Tegal Wangi for a short visit. Unfortunately swim was not allowed there.

23 September 2018

Poolday! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผโ˜€๏ธ๐ŸŒด

22 September 2018

First sunset spotted! ๐ŸŒ… We went out for a sundowner at FINNs beach club. The club was enormously crowded. Anyway we enjoyed the sunset with a cold beer ๐Ÿบ in one hand & with nice music in our ears

21 September 2018

The helmets from the scooter rental are way too big and of course disgusting๐Ÿคขso we decided to buy new ones. They cost around 20 CHF what we thought is a good investment into our safety: safety first! Cause of a sunburned Susanne we stayed today in the villa which turns out to be better cause Pascal got sick later the day๐Ÿคข๐Ÿ’Š anyway we chilled and read books, drawn mandalas & played Phase10 where Pascal has waaayyy more luck ๐Ÿ€ than Susanne.

20 September 2018

First smoothies in! ๐Ÿน
Those who have wondered ๐Ÿค”: no - we did not stopped Crossfit ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ In the following weeks, we are happy to share with you a few workouts from Crossfit Wanderlust

19 September 2018

Sundowner at La Brisa, a fancy pirate beach bar๐Ÿน๐Ÿธ ๐Ÿ’€
Surviving Balis crazy traffic ๐Ÿ›ต๐Ÿš—๐Ÿ๐Ÿš•๐Ÿš™๐Ÿš™๐Ÿ›ต๐Ÿ›ต Indonesian Traffic โ€žRulesโ€œ - first come, first drive - go with the flow - the road is anywhere that wheels have traction - a tap of the horn can mean anything: โ€œIโ€™m passing youโ€ โ€œdonโ€™t back up yetโ€ โ€œIโ€™m gonna run this red light, please donโ€™t hit meโ€ โ€œwhassup bro?โ€
Want to share the delicious breakfast for Susanne from todaysโ€˜ morning ๐Ÿ˜ (Gypsy Cafรฉ) ...and yes, she ate it all by herself

18 September 2018

Arrival & Settling ๐Ÿ›ฌ๐Ÿก After waiting 45 min (!!) for our backpacks๐ŸŽ’ & a 1h ride to Canggu we finally arrived in Bali ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡จ. Once we settled in our appartment, we rented two scooter, explored the near neighborhood & went for fooooood! ๐Ÿฅ— Luckily, this time Canggu nearly looks the same to Susanne, except the new parking lot including parking fees at Batu Bolong๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ. So its not allowed anymore to park in front of the shops/restaurants/cafรฉs. The food was as usual aaaawsome ๐Ÿ˜ or it might was the huge appetite we had ๐Ÿ˜‰ - just joking: Betelnut Cafรฉ is an excellent address for eating bowles of any kind. Later the day, we went to the AMO spa & Pascal got a new haircut ๐Ÿ’‡๐Ÿฝโ€โ™‚๏ธ. Susanne has her appointment on Thursday 4pm ๐Ÿ’‡๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ. Now we move on to a sundowner & dinner ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฆ‘ Cheers๐Ÿฅ‚
This is how we live... for the next 5 weeks or so ๐Ÿ‘™๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒŠโ˜€๏ธ We have found this hidden gem on AirBnB: Villa Botani Managed by Laurence. The Villa has two rooms & a pool (obviously) & is located in a quiet street next to the center of Canggu

17 September 2018

In-flight moment... ๐Ÿ›ซ Singapore Airlines A380 50D+E Eco ๐Ÿ’บ Bali we are coming...!๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡จ
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ”œ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡จ๐ŸŒ

16 September 2018

We are ready to go! We have put together all our stuff. Surprisingly it all fit in our backpacks ๐Ÿ’„๐Ÿ‘™๐Ÿ‘•๐Ÿ‘—๐Ÿ‘Ÿ But guess who has the bigger backpack?! ๐ŸŽ’ Wrong! Pascal has 10L more space available!!!๐Ÿ˜†