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My Bali Trip with family.


So why Bali for vacay from here in Seattle?


Close to my parents in Mumbai and brother in Singapore ✓

Good weather over Christmas break so I don’t use up my vacation✓

VISA upon arrival for Indian nationals ✓

Enough things to do for a week – 10 days ✓

I thought, this would be interesting. My left rib cage hurt from totaling my car the day before the day before flying…in yet another country, Canada. Also, I had a septoplasty in November. I decided to go easy on the sports. I wanted to go hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving and to Waterbom but I’d have to tone it down. I thought I’d ask my dad. He is a doctor.

I flew the pacific route via Eva air. It’s 10 hours from Seattle to Taipei and then another 5 to Denpasar, Bali. Indian nationals don’t need to have a Visa to fly via Taipei. Perfect! I saw crazy rich Asians on the flight!

I thought my Verizon travel pass was $5 a day like Canada. Turned out it is $10 a day for Taiwan and Indonesia. I used WiFi and tethered my brother’s phone. He got a SIM from a phone store. Walking through a 6 fold immigration line, I thought San Francisco was probably not that bad.

Dec 19, 2018 was my first day in Bali. Bali is a Hindu province in a majority muslim Indonesia. Every neighborhood has 3 temples. One inside, one outside and one community temple. Indonesia is an archipelago of 17,508 islands. The temples, lush greenery and various arts are the draw of Bali, It is a 4 hour flight from Australia. Majority of tourists are from India, China and Australia. People are calm and nice.

Even their local politicians look tame on the banners.

Here are some pics of me and my family in Bali!

Me and my family!
Wanagiri hidden hills, Bali

To read more day to day details of the trip, places we visited and ate, go to my blog, BroadWithoutBorders

Author: Nazneen Malik

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