‘Echo Beach, Far Away In Time’

Two good old friends, both women, recommended Echo Beach and Canggu as safe and cool places to visit on the Island of Bali. Growing up in London during the 1980’s I had only heard of Echo Beach through my love of New Wave and Post Punk Music. Martha and The Muffins wrote the best ever Nostalgic, Intellectual, Dreamy Beach and Surf Song with their hit ‘Echo Beach’. It was inspiring! It conjured up visions of Blue sea, gentle waves and Stunning Sunsets in Faraway lands. ( I find it hard to believe it is about Chesil Beach, like some people say – It’s windy and freezing and clunky with massive pebbles there). I Google Earthed the route from the beach to MojoSurf Hostel several times to get a feel for it, and wished I could be there too!

PRETTY POISON

Jess and Pat stayed at the Ahoy Hostel after Mojo and then went on to House of Canggu . Between Canggu and Berawa is Pretty Poison – perfect for these two, as both enjoy this Hipster/Grunge ‘Bintang’ drinking nightlife and had a skateboard in tow. That nights’ What’s App message was

“He’s Happy, he’s skating”

Pretty Poison is the brainchild of a Mum from Bondi – Clever Woman! How creative and full of life is this place? Reminding me again of my youth.

The words in Jess’s photo made me happy!

On day 6 of her trip I missed several phone calls. I didn’t panic as it didn’t feel like I should, but finally Jess got me with a Face Time call. I could instantly see something was wrong. While ‘carting’ around on the back of a scooter and waiting at a red traffic light, a scruffy dog ran out of a shop and bit Jessie on the calf leaving two puncture wounds. What’s sad about this is she has been practically brought up with dogs her whole life and has never been scared or bitten by one, and she felt sorry for this one.

Pat was a hero and drove her around several Medical Emergency Rooms before finding one with the correct vaccine. Having already had the Rabies injections in the UK, I was unaware you had to have more if bitten. Within an hour of the bite a wonderful nurse and Doctor at Abdi Medicca in Canggu treated her and made her feel well.

They paid on different cards as it cost £250 and started an insurance claim that night. But it didn’t end there. Jess broke out in hives and had an allergic reaction to the antibiotics within an hour of taking them. I phoned her Doctors in the UK and told them what medicines had been given to her only to be told – yes she’s allergic to that one. Pat was a hero for the second time that night and ‘carted’ her back so the Doctor could administered the antidote!

Before the trip we had spent a longtime working out what Medical Kit to take. What we should have done is written a list of allergies to medicines and foods!

NASI GORENG

The next day they were “In a Grab going to Ubud” Already over her Rabies Bite Injury and Shock and was looking forward to her stay in Ubud. Lunch was ready – Nasi Goreng,

“I’m vegetarian now as well”

They stayed at the WWBackpacker Hostel with views to the river and Rice paddy fields. Jess had read a Blog by a Girl into Yoga and was going to go to one not far away called the ‘Ubud Yoga House’ which was according to the Blog the best one for Beginners.

She also bought herself some books amazingly!

‘How to Fight” by Thich Nhat Hanh (Zen Master)

and ‘The Courage to be Disliked’ by Chiro Kishimi & Fumitake Koga.

Who said Gen Z’s can’t read physical books?? I am extremely proud of my daughter for encouraging her inner Zen, looking after herself with Yoga and not being scared of dogs (see photo of Hostel entrance) .

FRIENDLY HOSTEL DOGS


Not sure what HOTMAIL is thinking when it blocks travellers from their own account for 30 days!!! Especially when they are in the middle of Indonesia with no Sim card!! Both of them had issues with this. Suspicious events in Indonesia? Locked out ! Yes, that is them trying to look at their emails! I would suggest as a mum, that your travelling Kids have a couple of email addresses set up and maybe your own mobile as security in case they need to verify their account – but this takes a month to be set up. I ended up taking pictures of her emails and What’s App-ing them to her. Bring back Faxes.

Rice Terraces

At Gypsy Lust Hostel they had Rooftop Yoga, a Large Swan to Swim with and Sunrise Trekking. They also walked along the Campuhan Ridge.

Ubud

And visited the Rice Paddies and went to the Waterfalls dodging the rain. Jess said there was a lot more to do in Ubud and had a lot of fun.

Campuhan Ridge
Rainy Season

Dilemma – The weather isn’t great you have one day left before returning to Canggu for your 2nd Rabies Vaccine which you cannot miss and it may be your only chance to Walk up an Active Volcano in the Dark! Of course she went. A 2am ride to Mount Batur and a 2 hour Hike with torches up a wet Volcano 1,717 metres High.

Well, I think this young Woman can be proud of herself. In the photos on Social Media this trip looks magical like you have actually been flown up to the top in blue skies and a magical sunrise appears.

The reality of this trip was – You can do it! You did DofE! In wind and rain in the dark up quite steep slopes that were slippery the finish line at the top was a huge achievement – you had survived! And the view even in the clouds was still worth it as can be seen in the ecstatic wind swept faces of Jess and her travelling companions.

“@*!?*Did it A *@?!* active Volcano n I have climbed it.”

Mt Batur
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How Time Flies!

Jessie loves flying which is a great attribute, as I on the other hand have to micro manage every part of boarding a plane, the take off ritual of putting my Kate Bush CD on loud enough so I can’t hear the planes engines, frying my eardrums. Then again during landing, playing the same song over and over again to keep calm, panicking if I haven’t got the right track on. Having sweets ready at hand to suck on and water to sip – it’s ridiculous but it works for me. I knew Jessie would be looking forward to the in-flight food and films and was lucky enough not to have any weird behaviours like mine. This was a relief in itself, and after our last goodbye and final text that she was boarding it was still a massive jolt that she was off.

Thai Airways Airbus

The Thai Airways flight to Bangkok took off just after midday and I started work at 1:30pm which was a good thing as for the next 7 hours I would be pre-occupied with work and the time would fly by. At midnight I received my first text from her.

“Hi, I’m in Bali – no wait I mean Bangkok”

It made me laugh, classic Jess – half way round the world and kind of knows where she is. She described the flight as being in darkness the whole time and now the sun was rising in Bangkok! In a few more hours the next leg of the journey to Bali would be complete and she would meet up with her ‘childhood sweetheart’ who she hadn’t seen for 3 months for a 3 week holiday before venturing off to Australia on her own.

Photo by Oliver Sju00f6stru00f6m on Pexels.com

Pat met her at the airport with a taxi and off they went to the hostel I booked near Echo Beach for 4 days and then they were on their own. I met a woman in a nice bookstore in Bath who worked in the travel section, and she said to me her mum always use to book the first hostel in a country she went to just to give them both some piece of mind and get sorted out. I thought this good advice and even though I booked it I didn’t pay for it. Cash on the day!

Another piece of good advice I was given was from a friend who lives in South East Asia is that you need plenty of cash in Bali – all kinds, US dollars, AUS dollars, Indonesian Rupiah, UK Pound coins.

Two weeks before Jess left the UK we had been made aware of Travel Cash Cards including Monzo and Starling Bank – this has to be one of the best financial accessories to have if travelling. She now can transfer money from her bank account into Starling and use it without incurring hefty exchange fees. She was lucky it got set up and arrived so quickly.

After Jessie’s first full day in Bali I received this encouraging Gen Z’ message…..

Wasson” “Been to the beach today – Pat’s got a scooter so we’re both carting around on that”, ” We got some food at this Peng restuarant…”, “£1.60 for all dis”
 
Lunch!
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