The Last Day – Bali, Indonesia

Today was our last day of our trip. We started the day off by taking a GRAB (Think Uber) to Biku, our favourite restaurant in the area. I had a breakfast sandwich, and some chai tea. It was absolutely delicious!

The morning was spent relaxing by the pool. During that time I phoned Air Canada and purchased us some upgrades to Business Class for $2650/pp. I didn’t want to deal with economy class for 27 hours. We ended up having lunch at Riva Bar & Restaurant again, since it was convenient. We both had some chicken wings. The afternoon was spent in our private plunge pool, and then we tried to nap for a few hours, since we had 27 hours of travel ahead of us.

After our attempt at napping we went to the Jamie Oliver restaurant that was nearby for dinner. Julie had a burger and fries, while I had a lasagna. The food was pretty good. There was a family at a table next to us celebrating the second birthday of their son Oliver. Oliver had a very beautiful Disney cake which I commented on, and before we know it we were both offered a slice of cake. It was pretty good!

It was then time to walk back to the hotel, finish packing, and head to the airport. On our way walking back to the hotel there was an middle aged Indonesia man hiding in the dark on the corner who “offered” us some Cocaine… I’ve been proposed drug deals in my past travels, but never as casually as this guy. Haha. Once we got back to the hotel we packed our bags, and booked a GRAB to take us to the airport. The ride, while only 3 kilometres, took us nearly an hour. We had a really good conversation with our driver.

Our first of three flights was on a Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 to Sydney. The flight lasted about 6 hours. While masks are still a government mandate by essentially every country in the world, I noticed that about 30% of the flight didn’t seem to care, and the flight attendants didn’t seem to make a fuss over it. It appears Australians might be fed-up with the rules.

The second flight was on an Air Canada Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to Vancouver. On this flight we had our upgraded Air Canada Signature business class seats. For dinner I had blackened smoked trout for an appetizer, followed by a delicious red wine braised beef cheek. I may have also had three servings of cheese and crackers for desert… I did manage to nap on and off for about half of the 16 hour flight, although I was still fairly tired by the time we arrived in Vancouver. On the way into Vancouver there was a beautiful clear view of Mount St. Helens. Wow!!!

Customs in Vancouver was a total breeze, taking a total of 3 minutes. Following customs we endured a 15 minute walk to the Air Canada lounge, where we spent the next few hours relaxing before our final flight back to Calgary on an Air Canada Airbus A319. Wait a minute… didn’t Air Canada retire those a few years ago at the start of the pandemic? Well yes… but they’ve since taken this very select one (C-FYKC) out of storage for whatever reason.

Julie’s Parents were waiting for us in Calgary, and drove us home, which I greatly appreciated.

What’s next for travel? Dad and I are off to Colorado in a just over a week, and then Julie and I are off to Palm Springs the following week.

Kuta – Bali, Indonesia

Today we slept in as long as we could. I think I slept in until 9:00am. We had breakfast at the hotel buffet, which was pretty mediocre, and then we lounged by the pool for the rest of the morning listening to podcasts, reading, and playing in the pool with our foam ball.

At lunchtime we walked to Biku Restaurant. We really like this place because they have gluten-free options for Julie, and the food and drink selection is great. We both ended up having a sandwich, and Chai Tea.

After lunch we walked back to the hotel, checked out, and took a GRAB (think Uber) to our next hotel, the Kuta Beach Heritage Hotel. This hotel was the most premium quality hotel of our stay, with a huge room with a king sized bed, rainfall shower, and a private pool on our balcony. The cost of the room ended up only being about $120/night, which gets you a low to mid-grade hotel back at home. After checking in we relaxed in the pool for the remainder of the afternoon.

At dinner time we walked down the street and ended up having dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe. Julie also purchased some things from the Hard Rock store. We both ended up having burgers for dinner and ended up watching an Asian Pop band perform. The music was a bit loud for our liking, however was pretty good.

After dinner we walked back to the hotel and watched more Netflix in bed.

Seminyak – Bali, Indonesia

Today was another rough start for us. During the night Julie got a bit peckish and felt like eating one of her protein bars. She ate half, and left it on her bedside table. During the night a Gecko somehow got into the hotel room and tried to steal her protein bar, and ended up making a bunch of strange mating calls, which woke us both up. I saw him briefly, however he was quick to escape. I suggested that we both sleep with earplugs, and we went back to sleep. It was a fairly restless remainder of the evening.

In the morning I went for breakfast by myself, as Julie was still not feeling great. After breakfast we rented some e-bikes and started to ride to a nearby strawberry farm called Leon’s Strawberries. The bikes are geo-blocked, so they stop working at the entrance to the resort. We parked our bikes and walked the remainder of the way to Leon’s Strawberries. We picked about a pound of strawberries, which only cost about $1! We walked back to our bikes and then rode back to the hotel.

It was approaching the time to checkout, so I asked about hiring a local driver to drive us to our next place of accommodation; Sense Hotel in Seminyak. The total cost was about $50 CDN, which seems like a lot, however it was a 1.75 hour drive. We tried to check-in once we arrived, however we were a bit early, so Julie lounged by the pool, while I walked about 15 minutes to drop off our laundry to get washed. After dropping off our laundry the room was ready. We dropped off our bags, and walked to a restaurant called Biku for lunch. We chose Biku because we were both craving a sandwich, and Biku served gluten-free bread, which Julie requires.

After lunch we stopped in at Mexicola, a chic restaurant next door to our hotel, to make dinner reservations. Afterwards we went back to the hotel and lounged by the pool. Just what we both needed, since the last two weeks were go-go-go, and we were still not feeling great.

We lounged by the pool until 6:30pm, washed up, and got ready for our dinner. Mexicola as pretty spectacular! Not only was the décor and vibe pretty neat, the food was incredible. Julie had a bunch of tacos, and I had a yummy quesadilla.

After dinner we walked back to our hotel and watched more Taylor Tomlinson on Netflix, before falling asleep.