Today I take you, once again, back to my trip in Bali. I want to tell you about my trekking with Agus (Tikus), the guide of Authentik Bali.
We met each other on my second day in Bali, through other people. He told me about his trekking experience, and how it was. It interested me right away, especially since a trekking was already on my to do list.
And I have to say, it was one of my best memories from this entire month. I ended up booking a second trekking at the end of my stay, since I had loved the first one so much. All in all he has around 15 different treks, so I know I’ll probably do another one next time I go to Bali.
The trekking usually last the entire day, and Agus (Balinese for Augustin) will take you in the real Bali. Be carefull, there is no definite path, it’s the nature. You walk through rice fields, you climb, sometimes you fall, you walk/swim through a river. It’s the adventure! And it’s so much fun!
You also get to see the real Bali, which is truly amazing. You meet Balinese people that are far away from touristic places and that are really authentik. They are the nicest!
Another really good point is that Agus is french so I can do the trek either in french or english. And during the entire day, he will tell you all about Balinese culture and stories, which makes it even more interesting.
Enough talking, have a look at the pictures!
Selfie with Agus Tikus in front of the waterfall!
TripAdvisor: Day Trip Authentik Bali
Today I keep on going with Nusa Lembongan, and will introduce Nusa Ceningan, which is an even smaller island just next to it. Both islands are related by a bridge, a small bridge…
The bridge from Lembongan to Ceningan
The Pirate Beach Club, one of the prettiest and coolest place to check out in Nusa Ceningan
While in Lembongan I also had the chance to go swim with manta ray
It was super impressive but really fun. Sadly I don’t have any pictures… But they were a bunch of them, swiming right by me! A really great memory
On my little « private » beach where was my bungalow… I miss it!
Sunset on the cliff in Ceningan
Another end of day at The Deck…
We enter now what became one of my best memories from my month in Bali: Nusa Lembongan, or how I like to call it « Paradise Nusa Lembongan ».
It’s very tiny island located next to Bali, only 30min by speed boat. Just the view you get arriving on the island is already beautiful
The Island is a lot more preserved and isolated from the crazy tourism of Bali. I was advised to go to LOA Beach, on the north of the island. So was so nicely welcomed by the adorable Adis and his wife. They were the most perfect host I’ve had during my entire stay in Bali. I had booked 2 nights, but directly booked a third one the first day I got there. The place was so magical.
I had my own little bungalow ON THE BEACH. What’s not to love about this?
My first two days I mostly spent time on the beach or driving around the Island, have a drink by sunset at « The Deck » or walking around the center Nusa Lembongan.
There will be a second post about Nusa Lembongan, I just have too many photos… In which I’ll also introduce to you Nusa Ceningan!
Thanks again to Adis and Seb without whom those days wouldn’t have happened or wouldn’t have been the same…. It was amazing!
Today I’ll tell you about the next part of my Bali trip: Amed and Munduk. It was definitely not the most exciting part but probably to most peaceful.
First Amed, which is located on the east coast of Bali. It’s a very small village mostly famous for its diving. If I have to give you one really good tip: if you don’t dive, DON’T GO! The village is really small and has one street. It’s mostly made out of guest houses/hotels or diving schools.
The beach would look good on a postcard eventually, but you can’t really enjoy it. The sand is made of small black rocks, and there are boat everywhere. Plus the weather was weird. Amed is located just down some mountains so the weather is super humid, and it rains pretty often. Yes it was rain season but it was worst than everywhere else.
I left earlier than expected to go to Munduk, and village in the mountains a friend had advise me to visit when I said I didn’t like Amed. Munduk is in the mountains on the north west part of the island. It’s a really small and quiet village. The view is beautiful and there were more things to do around there (like trekkings, waterfalls,…) Sadly, I fell sick and stayed in bed for my two days spent there.
The day I arrived I did get to see one waterfall, but none after. The weather there is also rainy, but mostly because it was the raining season. And thankfully it wasn’t humid!
The view from my guest house: One Homestay
To conclude, Amed and Munduk were probably not my favorite parts of Bali but they were both quiet and non too touristy, which was really enjoyable. The people in those two towns were super nice.
I’d heard a lot of great things about Ubud, but all I could remember was that the first time I went time, I wasn’t so impressed or seduced by the city.
It feels crowded, and really focused on tourism, which I don’t find super attractive. I maybe should have adventure a little more on the border of the city and not stay stuck in the center but I never really felt like it.
I had found a guest house in the city center which sounded perfect because I like to walk around. It was located in a little pad, it was really super cute. But there’s a bunch of other guest house just like it around Ubud.
It was nothing fancy but all I needed. And costed around 10-12€ per night
I was on the first floor so this is what I could see from my room/balcony.
I also tried a Yoga class (it definitely feels like Ubud is a very spiritual city), but I sadly did not have the motivation for going a second time (even though I felt so good after my class)
After that I went back to Wayan’s Café, a place I had been 5 years ago with my family and never forgot. I remembered the food to be delicious, the place looking like a wild paradise, and those strawberry juices…
Me and my plate, 5 years ago.
As you can see, their plate haven’t changed a bit!
During the rest of my stay in Ubud I did an obligatory walk through the Ubud market. Don’t ever espect to find something that is actually worth it. Besides maybe in the food part where they have tons of spices. But it’s a place made for tourist. It’s basically bulshit sold at gold price
I also ended up finding a french bookshop/library where everyone is french. It’s funny and there I was able to find an extra book to read during my stay. The owner is just super nice and will give you all the advices he can about Ubud or Bali in general.
During my 3 days stay in Ubud I also did a one day trekking but I’ll talk to you about that later because I want to make an entire article about it.
One of the biggest attraction in Ubud is the monkey forest. I could of gone there but I hear some not great stories about it, and ending up in a place full of tourist is nothing that I find super exciting so I just skipped it!
Next step of my trip is Amed and Munduk!
As I promised I’m going to talk you through my month in Bali.
I had really nothing planned ahead, I just knew I wanted to travel around, discover places, people, see the landscapes and the differents things the island had to offer.
I started with Seminyak since it was the only city I really knew, and not too far from the airport. I wanted to settle down for my first few days in a place I knew I could find my way around etc. I had booked my first 3 nights, knowing I wanted to go elsewhere after, but I ended up staying one more night, since I had met some fun people to hang out with.
Just arrived in my little hotel located 10-15min walking distance from the center of Seminyak. It’s called Casa Dasa Legian. It wasn’t the greatest hotel, but had really good prices, and the room were kind of comfy (AC and TV).
My first dinner in Bali. I just went straight to the city center, and found a cute little restaurant where they served noodle soup, which is probably my favorite dish on the entire planet. It probably wasn’t the cheapest place to eat at, but compare to the prices in europe, it’s still a pretty good deal. (Less than 10€ for the dish and a strawberry fresh juice)
Did I mention my hotel had a pool? Probably not the ideal pool to layout at (this was one morning right after breakfast), but it’s was nice to have. Especially after a really hot day (the temperature was constantly around 30° in Seminyak, and humid)
While in Seminyak I went twice to the beach (even though the weather doesn’t look ideal, it’s very often cloudy in Bali).
First time I went to La Plancha, where I had lunch (I wouldn’t especially recommend it. You can find cheaper food, and probably better too. I’d advise it more for drinks or so), then I stayed there for the afternoon and the end of the day (when they layout those similar looking colorful fatboys)
My second time I went to the beach 66, but it didn’t have food or drinks. And no bathroom which is kind of annoying. Knowing that the mattress you rent for the day is the same price as La Plancha, I’d advise you to go to La Plancha instead.
This was my first saturday night, which is the only night I partied in Bali. These are the two guys I met the second day I was there. These two live in Bali, but are originally from France and Belgium. I could not have been more thankful to have met them since they became a huge help for the rest of my trip, and also my friends. How funny that you have to travel to the other side of this planet to meet people you can relate so much to!?
We went to a bunch of places (including the most perfect spot to have a beer watching the sunset on the beach), and ended up at La Favela which is a club in the center of Seminyak. It’s pretty crowded, it’s fun and has some good commercial music. The decor is amazing though, and the place is pretty big.
End of the night selfie on my little balcony at my hotel. I left the day after for Ubud, which is a more cultural city. But I’ll tell you more about it in my next post.
Like I told you the other day, I wanted to share with you some pics and some tips from Amsterdam.
Let’s start with our Bead&Breakfast. It was a really cute bedroom, in a typical Amsterdam house located in the middle of the « Nine Streets », how perfect? It’s called Rose B&B
Some snapshots of our walk around the city
For a little break/lunch or a yummy stop, you should pass by La Place. It’s located at the end of the Kalverstraat (shopping street). In there you can find every kind of food you want, to eat there or to go. They also have a bunch of fresh juices and smoothies. It’s really delicious. I usually want to eat everything!
Apéro by night in the Nine Streets
Brunch in « De Pijp ». This was supposed to be a sandwich. Alright!
Here is a quick outfit post of an outfit I wore in Amsterdam last weekend. I’ve spent two days there with my friend Molly from NY. She wanted to visit another city than Brussels and so we opted for Amsterdam, since it’s a city I truly love. It’s beautiful, trendy, people are so nice, I just love it.
I will do another post on a few of my hotspots there, but for now my outfit of our second day.
I wanted to wear something easy going, relax because I knew we were going to walk a lot, but also trendy.
I went for my new blue coat you’ve already seen (here), a pink jumper, jeans and sneakers. And a newcomer, my brand new hat I had found the day before at Monki. Since then I’ve been wearing it almost everyday!
Wearing: MONKI hat – NEW LOOK coat – PRIMARK jumper – PRIMARK jeans – NIKE sneakers – &OTHER STORIES purse
The stairs are actually the one of the B&B we were staying at. I’ll tell you more about it in my next post about Amsterdam!
My third day in London was mostly about the Primark FW2014 Pressdays, then a shopping session at Primark.
Besides that, I walked around a little around where I slept, which was just next to the Primark event (close to Baker street). I took my breakfast in Soho though.
Morning face, and morning view on Regent’s Park
One of the coolest outfit I spotted in the streets, here in Soho
Spotted in the street: Public bathroom that looked pretty cool
I had to
The super cute street where the Primark event took place
Green juicing at the Primark press days
Last minute shopping at Topshop to get this white sequined cropped top
Last stop before jumping in the train: a good old Burger King including onion rings, of course!
Many thanks again to Neckermann for the trip!
Hey guys! So I got back from my Ibiza vacation where I got some good rest. I ended up not opening my laptop for a week, which is very surprising for me!
But I really enjoyed the sun and the beautiful landscape (and let’s be honest, shopping as well) that the island has to offer.
This explains why I haven’t posted in a while again. But here is finally the second part of my trip in London.
I started the day shopping in my friend’s Alice neighborhood. Nothing crazy but it was nice walking around a different scene than Oxford Circus, or other touristic places. It also allowed me to go to another Primark, much smaller but which had a lot of things they didn’t have in my size at the one in Tottenham court road.
Streetstyle of my friend Alice in the streets of Soho. The style of a working London girl
I then had lunch at Chipotle in Soho. I’m so in love with Mexican food, and Chipotle is one of my favourite chain when I’m in the states, I just couldn’t resist when walking by it in the streets of London
Little selfie in the bathrooms of Chipotle
On our way to Marylebone High Street, we came accros this super cute Frozen Yogurt shop. Gotta love the decoration of it!
My friend Alice made me discover this awesome shop located on Marylebone High Street, 87. It has the coolest luxury brands, and also has an eshop. Definitely a place to check out! www.matchesfashion.com
If you want to see something a little different than the typical shopping place, you should definitly have a look at Marylebone High Street (and the Marylebone Village). It’s full of little shops, just like Sandro, Maje, etc…
We then went to Selfridges, a store that never sounded super exciting to me, I don’t know why… But since this time my friend dragged me there telling me I’d love it, I followed. And she was right! This place is completely insane. We stayed for about 20min (which seemed like 5min tops), but I could have stayed hours! So much to see! This is in the beauty department, I found tattoo lipstick. Completely insane, and I LOVE it!
We finished our night eating a DELICIOUS schnitzel at Fischer’s (also located in Marylebone High Street). I hadn’t eaten one in such a long time, and let me tell you, this one was worth the wait.
The third part of my trip will ideally be posted by the end of the week.
Big thanks again to Neckermann for the trip and to Fujifilm for the XP70 camera!