The table of green goodies kept us going through the week - sweets, crisps, apples, teabags basically anything that was green seemed to be on there!
And here's a pic of my new desk complete wit welcome balloon and notice. I've made myself at home. My comforts are within easy reach and my photos are up on my partition screen.
So I spent 4 days working with everyone before our holiday to Bali..yay! As luck would have it though I began to come down with a sore throat on Wednesday which I hoped was hayfever but it wasn't. So by the time I left the office on Thursday I had no voice. That didn't stop my enjoyment of the holiday and Steve probably enjoyed it all the more as I was pretty quiet for the first few days!
Our holiday basically consisted of lots of lying horizontally; on a lounger, on a sofa, on a massage table, in bed... and reading lots. So easy and relaxing. We were also across the road from a wonderful day spa and we enjoyed some great massages and treatments.
We avoided the monkey forest having been told the little creatures were quite aggressive and stealing cameras and sunglasses and caps! Also avoided the bird sanctuary as I hate birds. We spent some time in Ubud which is another town in the area that is the place for Balinese art and literature. It was a little quieter than Seminyak where we stayed and pretty enough. I'm glad we stayed where we did though as there was more to see and it was less remote.
Bali is a 5 - 6 hour flight from Melbourne and it was very manageable for a week. The flights we took left late in the day and our return flight was through the night. I think that and the 2 hr time difference made it quite an easy journey. We landed 7am on Saturday morning and felt that we'd had just enough sleep to go out for breakfast and do the grocery shop as well as the post holiday unpacking. Luckily there wasn't a huge amount of laundry as they did a lot of it for us at the villa! Yay!
Having said that the new departure terminal at the airport literally opened last week so when we rocked up on Friday night with 3 hours to go before our departure time thinking we'd have time for a leisurely mooch round and have dinner, we were very much mistaken. Teething problems with check in desks and systems meant it took us 3 hours to get through all the proceedings and board the flight. Inevitable we were delayed as other people behind us had to get through it all too. Nevertheless the total delay was only minor and we made up some time during the actual flight.
I can see the attraction of a Bali holiday. I can also see why it's called the British equivalent of a package holiday to Benidorm. The bars, cafes and shops are all so Western. Honestly, when seated in a bar or cafe surrounded by Aussie tourists, we could have been in Australia. But sometimes, some holidays are just meant to be slow and relaxing and about lazing around rather than constantly having to be somewhere or see something.