Moving my home base from Adelaide to Darwin was something that happened very quickly and something I did for many reasons. Darwin is literally on the other side of the country from Adelaide and the two cities are worlds apart. Darwin is as close to Singapore as it is to Adelaide and as a result – it is a total melting pot of culture.
So what prompted the change?
I have felt the need for a long term sea change for years now. Adelaide is a wonderful city, but to me it felt stagnant and monotonous, like nothing could ever really surprise me.
My ultimate goal is to work with MSF (Doctors Without Borders) and with the Royal Darwin Hospital being the closest tertiary hospital for an enormous catchment area spanning three states, numerous islands and many remote communities – I knew it would be the place to really get stuck into midwifery, get exposure to things I otherwise wouldn’t and learn as much as possible.
Lastly, Darwin is the best jumping off point to explore Asia! So many cheap flights to big hubs such as Denpasar and Singapore mean that a continent that I had yet to visit would become much more accessible.
So it really shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that within a few weeks of settling into my new home, I was off to Bali!
Bali is arguably one of the most popular destinations visited by Australians, and thusly, I had denied it as being a place of appeal. However, one of by besties from back in Adelaide was headed to Bali for two weeks with her boyfriend – and this trip overlapped with a three day window in which I was not working. So I called, told her I would meet her in Bali and that was that.
The flight from Darwin to Denpasar is only around 2 hours long – so heading over for a three day weekend isn’t actually that ridiculous! I booked last minute flights with AirAsia, and three days later I was off to Bali.
I arrived into the massive airport at Denpasar quite late in the evening. I had been warned to be prepared for the throngs of cab drivers who would get in my face trying to get my business as I left the airport, but luckily my gal Tessa had put me in contact with a wonderful driver – Made Paul Artawan – who was waiting for me at the airport and drove me safely and efficiently into the heart of Seminyak.
I was lucky enough to score a private one bedroom villa at the gorgeous Daluman Villas in Seminyak for the duration of my stay. After checking in at around 11.30pm – I was off to settle into my own little slice of paradise.
I had planned to settle straight into bed but my little plunge pool just looked far too enticing to pass up! So I threw on my bathers and sunk into the wonderfully temperate water and relaxed several hours away.
One cool feature of my beloved Olympus OM-D E-M1 is the remote control WiFi. I am able to connect my iPhone to a private connection on my camera and then use my phone to remotely take pictures. It’s a handy feature that has meant that I can get beautiful photos like the next one – totally unassisted. Handy for a perpetually solo traveller!
It was strange to think that a few hours prior I had been running around at work and now I was in a different country, setting my feet on a brand new continent and relaxing in such a beautiful setting! I was starting to see the appeal of Bali.
After soaking in the water until I resembled a prune, it was time to get out, let the heat dry me off and then off to bed to catch some Zzzzz’s before a big day exploring.
After a wonderfully relaxing snooze I awoke to fresh fruit, waffles and fresh coffee. I devoured everything by my little pool and then got ready to go see some Balinese temples.
T H E L O W D O W N
Getting to Denpasar: AirAsia flies from Darwin to Bali almost daily and return flights can be nabbed for between $100-$300 depending on the time of year
Made Paul Artawan: This wonderful and hard-working Balinese driver can be contacted through Facebook Message – he is honest, reliable and unlike some other cab drivers, would never try to rip anyone off
Daluman Villas: This collection of private villas is well located, beautiful and will set you back around $180 AUD per night
Camera: Olympus OM-D E-M1 with 12-40mm M.Zuiko Pro Lens
Threads: I am wearing a bikini by Aussie label Tigerlily
Remember: Bring mosquito repellent!