I take a "vacation" every two weeks. The problem with having a vacation every two weeks is documenting and sharing the travel experience with people.
I bought a GoPro 2 about 6 months back when a coworker showed me a one day deal website. Impulse buy. (A few weeks later the 3 came out. Doh.) The problem with GoPro's is that they are so good, so easy to use, and so compact that I end up taking too much video that just sits on my hard-drive collecting cyber dust.
Combine owning a GoPro with a vacation every two weeks, and I have the problem of far too many pictures and video simply collecting cyber dust. I decided last weekend I would set the timer for 3 hours and knock out that Trail Running Tasmania Video I have been wanting to put together since I boarded the plane in Hobart 6 weeks ago. I was happy with the result so I set the timer again. This time I finally knocked out the Turtles, Mountains, and Models video from my trip to Northern Queensland in December.
So here they are:
Going to Bali is a rite of passage for any West Australian. It is the Cancun of Australia. People go there to party and take advantage of the ridiculously cheap way of life. It is cheaper to get to than Sydney You can rent a scooter for 5 dollars per day, my accommodation was never more than 10 dollars per night, meals were never more than 5 dollars with the cheapest and coincidently most enjoyable being the 75 cent Nasi Goreng (an Indonesian staple) purchased at a sweaty night market outside of Lovina.
But I must say, I hated Bali from the start.
On the Airplane, people were just there to party and have fun. There was total disrespect for the flight attendants and obnoxious behaviour. I was ready to get off the plane and get away from tourists.
Upon leaving the airport I was surrounded by "taxi" drivers wanting my business. A taxi driver in Bali is a guy who owns a car and hangs around at the airport for so long that he forgets where he parked his car while his family is sleeping to earn a few extra bucks. I was told to go for the "Bluebird" metered taxes because there is no arguing about the fare. They were right. I got into an argument with him because he specifically told me one price at the beginning, then changed it at the destination saying that it was his accent. The price difference was the equivalent of $2.20. This is not a significant amount of money to me but it was the principle of the matter that annoyed me. I soon learned that this is common in Bali.