All posts tagged: bucket list

Waterfalls in Lombok

Whilst we were waiting for our flight to Bali, Jonny and I sat and made our bucket list for the trip. It’s become our little ritual before we go somewhere to make a note on our phone of everything we want to do and then we try to work through it and tick it off. It can include anything: eating a particular meal, to have a Mojito whilst watching sunset on a beach, visit a special landmark… our way of making sure we don’t forget something and get even more excited at the same time, plus I’m a sucker for a list of any kind. Anyway back to the point, at the top of Jonnys Bucket list was: – visit the waterfalls in Lombok, and who am I to stand in the way of a guy and his waterfalling dreams. Whoever told you not to go chasing waterfalls clearly hasn’t ever hiked to the waterfalls at the base of Mt Rinjani, Incredible (and sorry about the reference, but I mean really, what would a waterfall feature be without that song). …

Exploring Indonesia

So we decided to escape the winter in Melbourne and run away to Indonesia for a month or longer. Something we’ve dreamed about before we even settled in Australia. We don’t have any set plan, know where we are going or what we are doing, all we want is the freedom of adventure. Could be worse ways to spend a month. We are now three days in after meeting up with friends we hadn’t seen for almost a year in Sanur, Bali, and spending our first days exploring and unwinding, next stop Lombok. So look out for all our updates and photographs along the way, any tips would be amazing.

Gin Pop-Up Bar in Prison

There’s not much that can beat a good Gin. No, really there’s not much at all, big Gin fans over here. So when we saw a special Gin pop-up bar this weekend I was already half way through booking the tickets, then we saw it was in the old Melbourne Prison and could there be a better Friday night plan? See the only thing I like more than Gin is a ‘unique’ experience. Strangely in the last week we have been looking into doing a prison tour to be more ‘cultured’ and explore more of Melbourne, beautiful coincidence don’t you think? It was such a great evening and so different from your average Friday drink in a bar, for starters you walk into a prison…that’s special enough on it’s own. The building itself is so imposing and eery as it gets darker. Pick up a G&T and then you’re free to wander around, up the two stories and in and out of various cells listening to the live jazz band playing away on the first floor ‘scaffolding’. Certain cells had special displays with different …

Lately

Every so often you have one of those Sundays. You know the one… literally the definition of a duvet day. Not helped by the fact we may have been a teeny bit hungover but we spent most the day napping, eating, watching films and snacking on everything in sight. I almost cried at David Attenborough. That type of day. In the spirit of fully embracing our somewhat fragile states we went through some recent rolls of film from the last few weeks. So here is a little photo round up of some of the things we have done recently. A little visual trip down memory lane…

Melbourne Moonlight Kayak Tour

Don’t you agree the best way to explore a new place is to walk around for hours and see what you stumble across. But is this the funnest? Perhaps not. What about taking in all the sights of Melbourne from the ‘comfort’ of your kayak as you drift along the river through the city. And did I mention the part where you stop and are served fish and chips in your little raft whilst watching the sunset? Don’t tell me you’re not intrigued. This is exactly what happened when we went on a Moonlight Kayak Tour with Jonnys parents and my sister. Going to be honest I was absolutely terrified, I hate, hate, hate the water, and I was being partnered with my sister in a kayak for 2.5hours, who’d be as useful as a chocolate teapot, so things didn’t look promising. But as we floated around it hit me that I was actually really enjoying it. My biggest fears were mainly capsizing, drifting away, and mostly a shark attack, but thank fully we survived with nothing more …

Great Ocean Roaming

If you find yourself in Australia or more importantly Melbourne way, then there is something you have to make sure you do. Get a group of mates together, hire a van, pack it full of gin, surfboards and wet wipes and drive the Great Ocean Road. Stop to take way too many photos of the amazing coastline, walk until you find a waterfall and relax on the gorgeous beaches whilst the lads catch a wave. Make sure you tear yourself away from the coastline and get lost in the incredible forests near Apollo Bay. Forget the Twelve Apostles, this place was the highlight for us. It’s beautiful. It’s peaceful. It’s very worth it. Enjoy.

Ticking off Fraser Island

Casually cooking up a culinary storm as per last night and we got talking about what had been the highlights so far of Australia. Whilst I’m still trying to forget our stint as shepherds and Jonny’s holding back the tears mourning his beloved motorbike the one thing we both agreed on was when we visited Fraser Island. It couldn’t have come at a better time, Jonny had only been here less than a month and he’d spent the majority checking out the delights of a hospital wing as I recovered from surgery. Not quite the wild reunion I bet he’d had in mind. So escaping on a little holiday was well deserved for Dr Jon. We’d heard from so many different people that checking out Fraser Island was a must do but being the pessimist I am, I expected an anti-climax after all the hype. Bit like the first time you watched Borat after every ones already told you the jokes, but thankfully our visit definitely did not disappoint. The place itself is postcard perfect, all the …