JetLag Jane

Ukraine

Odessa, Ukraine

Part One We landed in Odessa in the mid-afternoon on a direct Fly Dubai flight from Dubai. There was a glimpse of the sad, crumbling old airport building as we taxied in. Eventually, we saw the huge, modern, glistening, new terminal, which looks like all the other ones in the world built over the last couple of years. Despite this structure, the tarmac looked like a grey patchwork quilt and on the edge of the runway was an old plane with its nose dangling sadly amongst the tall grasses. As  ...

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Bali

Padang Galek

–take a mysterious morning meander, just minutes from central Sanur. The volcanic black sand beach of Padang Galek, seven kilometers north of central Sanur, is the site of a quirkily eerie former amusement park, a beautiful well preserved temple complex and a memorial to a tragedy which happened long ago in a place far away. To visit this area is a feast for all the senses; it can also tell some stories of how the locals actively honour the ancestors and our shared past. Sanur has not  ...

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Indonesia

A Royal Heritage Tour of Solo

We recently flew Air Asia to Solo (formerly named Surakarta) in East Java for a few days to explore the heritage and culture of the royal city and to visit the famous antique markets and Batik Museum. Solo is an elegant, clean city with tree lined streets. I loved the history and the culture; my husband and daughter loved the fireworks shops and the cineplex! On the first day we were impatient to get to the Triwindu Antique Market, a short becak (cycle rickshaw) ride from our hotel. The  ...

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Bali day trips

Day Trip to Nusa Penida

On a clear day, looking east from Sanur Beach across the Badung Strait, is cluster of three islands- the day trippers’ paradise of Nusa Lembongan, then the rocky outline of the largest island- Nusa Penida- and tucked in-between is Nusa Cenigan. Each are easily accessed by fast boat, taking between 45 minutes to an hour to get there from the dedicated departure precinct on the beach at the end of Jalan Hang Tuah in Sanur. The islands are beloved by scuba and snorkelling enthusiasts and also  ...

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Bali

Sanur Rice Field Path

Wander through the rice fields on the western side of the bypass to get a glimpse into traditional, agrarian Balinese society. Driving into Sanur on the bypass from the airport at the first set of lights, known to Sanurians as ‘JC Chicken Corner’, turn left up Jalan Tirtanadi until you reach a T-junction. To your left is Jalan Ketat Lestari, which winds its way up to the back of the Bali Mandara Hospital and back onto the bypass. Along this little road is Warung Krishna, which serves  ...

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