That time has come round again – It’s 5 years to the day since we retired, left The Netherlands and got on a one-way flight to Bali to start our lives as “Permanent Tourists”. And here we are – More “Permanent” than “Tourists” 🙂Continue reading
We’ve been back in Australia for just over 3 weeks now and are really enjoying the laid back life style of Darwin.Continue reading
We didn’t just celebrate our birthdays in May, but also 4 years of retirement and being permanent tourists. Settling down is not yet a consideration: We have no idea where we’d want to live long term plus we still get really excited about planning and moving on. It is definitely time to start considering other destinations besides South-East Asia though.Continue reading
After several hectic days in Kuala Lumpur we were ready to head off to the Perhentian Islands. Continue reading
With our travels in Australia over, it’s time to think about what to do and where to go next. Continue reading
After returning to the mainland from Tasmania, we’ve spent our last six weeks in Australia slowly heading back to Brisbane. Continue reading
Returning on 23rd December, we drove straight down to Kayena in order to spend Christmas with friends.
After an early start we arrived in Auckland from Hobart via Melbourne. A short distance but we lost another two hours bringing us to GMT+13 – We’re ageing fast!
After our return from Fiji we picked up the camper in Brisbane and spent two weeks slowly heading south towards Melbourne where we’d be catching the ferry boat to Tasmania. Continue reading
Yet another marvellous flight. We weren’t looking forward to the early takeoff (08:15) but the 3 hours to Fiji started off well! Continue reading
We’d decided to spend our last 4 weeks in Queensland returning to Brisbane via coastal roads. Continue reading
After 6 months in Asia, the final month spent on Bali staying at the rather swish Maya Hotel , we flew to Brisbane. For the first time we used Virgin Australia and what a wonderful flight experience that was! We stayed for two chilly, rainy days, made worse by the fact that we had no weather appropriate clothing with us (we’d left all our cold weather gear in the camper on departing Australia for S/E Asia). Continue reading
It’s been a while since the last post, which doesn’t mean we haven’t been enjoying ourselves but more that we haven’t done much worth writing about. After leaving Thailand, we spent 3 months in Vietnam. Continue reading
Originally we were only going to stay in Thailand for a week. However, as our passports are filling up at an alarming rate and we want to postpone getting new ones for as long as possible, we decided to stay for the full length of the 30 day visa which is issued on arrival. Continue reading
Our last day in Queensland was spent driving down to the Sunshine Coast where we bade a temporary farewell to our home of the last couple of months. Until we’re reunited (around June 2017), we’re fortunate enough to have private, free parking in a very scenic spot. Continue reading
Leaving Queensland and driving South into New South Wales we very nearly became the dumb tourists who underestimate the vast distances between “towns”. It would have been very embarrassing to run out of diesel in the middle of the Outback!!! Continue reading
We left Redcliffe, Brisbane with no real plan. What we hadn’t realised was that the day we chose to set off coincided with the start of a long weekend, consequently the roads were packed with families heading out to the coast. Continue reading
After leaving Vietnam mid August and spending a few days in Kuala Lumpur, we eventually arrived back on Bali. Continue reading
Well, it’s been nearly three months since we arrived in Vietnam and the time has flown past. Continue reading
After four months in Thailand we headed off to Cambodia with a six day stop-over in Kuala Lumpur. Continue reading
Not only is it my birthday (56!!😱), but 8th May also marks one year of being retired and one year since we left Europe. Continue reading
It’s been quite a while since the last post but that’s because we’ve just spent seven weeks on an idyllic island and really, no matter how much we enjoyed it here, there’s only so much you can write about a small island without repeating yourself, re-using the same adjectives and posting similar pictures – which I’ll probably end up doing anyway😀
So, here goes …..
We left Bali on 6th December and flew to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
One of the things we did during our three days there was check our P.O. Box and, happily there was actually stuff in it – replacement bank cards (stolen when my bag was snatched) – and a few other things we’d been expecting. It works ! 👍 Continue reading
With our visa running out in Bali, we had to leave the country and do a visa run.
This actually came at a very opportune moment because for some time we’ve been considering buying a vehicle in Australia in order to eventually travel around the country. Continue reading
Our 60 day visa for Indonesia is about to run out and tomorrow we’re due to fly to Darwin and spend a few days there and in Brisbane. We were going to return to Bali on a 30 day visa before flying to Laos beginning of December. However, the immigration authorities here in Indonesia have thwarted that plan by deciding to change the rules 🙂 Continue reading
Flew from Kota Kinabalu, Borneo back to Bali on 8th September. A mere 2.5 hour flight and we were back on Indonesian soil. We’re intending to stay around 3 months this time. Continue reading
From one end of Borneo to the other and we land in the capital of Sabah – Kota Kinabalu. The flight takes nearly 1.5 hrs, showing just how big Borneo is. Continue reading
A mere 1hr, 45 min. flight from Kuala Lumpur and we’re in Kuching, the capital of Sarawak on Borneo (third largest island in the World). Kuching is a rather strange city, very different to anywhere else in Malaysia. It’s elegant, quiet and clean and not a lot goes on but it does have a fascinating past. Continue reading
Note: Drawing is not to scale!
We arrived in Kuala Lumpur after a three hour flight and headed to “hotel Geo“. An OK hotel in a fantastic location, on the edge of China Town.
It’s very humid here in KL and when the sun gets through the cloudy skies, it’s downright sizzling!
We’ve spent the last week further exploring the island and finding new places to eat and drink. If you want to treat yourself, there are a couple of swanky places here and when we do occasionally crave a clean table and a decent toilet 🙂 these are the places to go. Continue reading
It was a bit of a wrench, but we left Ubud and headed across to Padangbai where we spent the night. Continue reading
We left Sanur and after a one hour drive arrived in Ubud – Central Bali. Being inland, it’s much warmer and more humid here. Continue reading
10 days into our retirement and life is good!
We’re enjoying being spoilt, discovering new restaurants and just getting to know Sanur a little better. Continue reading
And we’ve made it!
The last few days in The Netherlands were spent saying goodbye to some wonderful friends and colleagues. This, more than anything else, brought it home that we were leaving for good.
Well, this is the last post from The Netherlands and boy, are we looking forward to blogging from more exotic locations in the future 🙂
Time is running away from us and all of a sudden we only have four weekends left before we leave, one of which I’ll be in Berlin visiting my father: Leaves three to get the final bits and pieces sorted out. Continue reading
For the last few years, we’ve been very fortunate to live in the centre of the Dutch city of Delft.
Not only is it steeped in history but, because it’s a student city (University of Technology), it’s also a fun place to be.
And we’re down to two months !
Focus at work is out the window and the Boss is looking forward to my leaving nearly as much as I am 🙂
Excitement is a constant state of mind at the moment and I’ll be suprised if we make it to May without me giving myself a heart attack. Dave’s not doing much better.
All the big things have been taken care of: House is sold, belongings have been given away or sold. The camper has found a new owner and we’ve handed in our notice.
We know that we will spend most of our time in Asia and although we don’t intend to settle in one particular country in the foreseeable future, we do need somewhere where we can have mail sent (PO box), a local bank account and a place to go when visas run out.