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The National Orchid Garden

One afternoon we made our way to the Singapore Botanic Gardens and walked to the center to see the famous National Orchid Garden (known as NOG in the city). We…

Chinatown and Orchard Road

We left Bali (and the southern hemisphere) on Valentine’s Day and flew north to the city-state of Singapore. Called both “the best run city in Asia” and “Disneyland with the…

Jatiluwih and Tanah Lot

On the afternoon of our second road trip we did a short hike to a waterfall, we saw some rice terraces, and we finished at one of Bali’s best known temples.

More temples

On our second day trip we visited three temples. The first two, Taman Ayun and Ulun Danu, we saw before lunch. Taman Ayun is in the Denpasar suburb of Mengwi,…

Tirta Gangga Water Palace

On the second half of our day trip we made it out to Tirta Gangga Water Palace, which was a retreat built for a regional king (apparently Bali used to…

Birds, bats, and snakes

On two separate occasions we hired a driver to take us around the island and show us the sights. Our first few stops were a bird park and the bat temple.

Walking around Canggu

The area we stayed in Bali is named Canggu (chawn-goo) and is about an hour west of the island’s largest city of Denpasar (and the main airport). We were about…

Biking in Bali

One morning we booked a cycling tour around the northeastern part of the island. Yes, we know we’re not normally cyclists, but they provided the equipment and promised that most…

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

One of our last outings in Australia was to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary just south of Brisbane. The city bus ran right by our apartment and into the sanctuary…

Roma Street Parklands

Our favorite city park we’ve visited so far, Brisbane’s Roma Street Parklands is a combination of rain forest walk, manicured garden, social gathering place, and wildlife sanctuary. We toured the…