Friday, May 28, 2010

H-moon Recap: Nothin' to do

Is it wrong to go halfway around the world just to lay by a pool or on a beach?  Cuz that's mostly what I did.  Considering we flew almost 35 hours in total on planes between Southern California, Brisbane Australia and Bali, Indonesia, we didn't do much of anything while we were there.  And definitely did not do a lot of touristy things...no visiting the hustling bustling city of Brisbane.  No ferry trips to the many islands off the coast there (something I actually wanted to do was visit Moreton Island but hopefully we'll make another trip back there one day).  No theme parks or the famous Australian zoo.  Just layin' around pool side and shoppin' in the malls in Australia and the streets of Kuta in Indo. 

Doesn't it look like that fountain is trying to pee on me?!?
We slept a lot!  A lot more than I do at home.  In fact, in Australia, we would go to bed at like 8 or 8:30 at night.  Then we'd wake up in the middle of the night at like 3 or 4 in the morning...have some fun messin' around (wink, wink) and then turn on the tv and watch Good Morning America from the States (one of the only things we could get on the tv at that time of the morning in Australia).  Then we'd nap from like 5 to 7 am and get up for the day. 

Funny thing was, in Australia it seemed like the whole city would turn in early.  I mean the weekend night life was a bit more 'lively' but during the week we noticed that most shops and stores and such closed fairly early...some places even closed at 6 or 7 pm!  I am way too used to being able to get just about anything I need at 11 pm here in Cali. 

I think we just really needed some rest after all that had been going on with the wedding.  In Bali, we definitely stayed out later....shopping, eating, getting massages (more to come on that later).

I should clarify, that even though we didn't feel like we did much (other than drive to different beach spots and surf in Mr Fix It's case), we definitely had a few fun moments and activities and encounters that made the trip memorable.  And we met some great friends along the way too and had great conversations with locals and fellow tourists.

For now, I'll share a few pics with you of randomness...more to come though about the 'fun' we did have and all the little critters we encountered on the trip, too!

The entrance to a resort called Dream Land in Bali.  Looks pretty, right?  We ran into some friends who said it was not so 'dreamy.'  They said there was trash floating around them when they went into the ocean and that the vendors on the beach would not leave them alone while they were laying out.  My sister visited this resort on her honeymoon 3 years ago and said you just need to go further down the beach away from the crowds right in front of the resort.  We didn't bother...just stopped while passing by to snap this shot.

A shot we took of ourselves on the patio where we sat at the Alpaca Cafe on our way back down the mountain from Lamington National Forest in Australia.  What a pretty view we had while we ate lunch, right?

I don't know why Mr Fix It wanted me to pose in front of this funky statue in the Bali Airport but he did.  So I obliged and smiled pretty...this was just before we boarded the flight to Hong Kong and then onto LAX on the last day of our honeymoon. 

11 comments:

Gaynor said...

No its not wrong at all - we went all the way to the Maldives from the UK to just do nothing! Although we did have a busy week sightseeing first in Sri Lanka.

You should def go back to oz again sometime, I went to moreton island when I was there and it was lovely.

and yeah totally noticed that Oz turns in early! Its worse than the UK which is so much better than it used to be!

PartyPlannerGal said...

Haha, my fiance has demanded that when and if we ever take a honeymoon, all we get to do is lay around and do nothing! I am notorious for trying to get the most and see the most in any country I visit. I once went to Europe for a month and nearly passed out from exhaustion after I got back because we packed so much in to 30 days' time!

Your honeymoon looks like it was amazing! Gorgeous pools, food, water, views. Hopefully we'll be able to take one, though it may just end up being a few nights in wine country, which we also love.

Bicoastal Bride said...

Good for you to relax! When I go on a trip, I often have such a hard time just getting myself to slow down and not keep up the fast pace of my life at home. I want to see all the sights and be on the go the whole time! I always have fun and never regret it, because of all the fun things I get to do and see, but a few times, I’ve come back and wished I had snuck in just a little more R&R.

ruthy ann said...

I've been doing that for almost four months now...so no, I say there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with that! :)

Nick and Becky said...

Stacey...YOU are so Beautiful!! I like that you keep posting pictures from everything :D :D

JEM - Aqua Bride said...

Good for you that you relaxed. If you do my kind of vacation, you'd need a vacation after the vacation. Plus, after the wedding you kinda need that.

Mrs T said...

That's half the fun of holidays - doesn't matter what you do!

Everything does close early here. I love going OS and all the shops are open late!

Love that last photo. You look so happy and relaxed.

Chocolate Lover said...

Thats exactly how I want our honeymoon to be! Just lazy on a beach somewhere :)

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

I love your trip recaps (you know I love travel!)

Relaxing and not doing much is a huge part of vacation! I may have to send you an email in a bit to pick your brain a bit more about Bali!

Em said...

Ok I thought I was the only one who felt like this! Josh and I literally did nothing on our honeymoon. We slept, ate, drank, *wink-winked* and that's about it. It was much-needed though. Between nearly zero sleep the night before the wedding and crazy travel schedules all I wanted to do was relax. And so we did.

The Pink Bride said...

I love you in that last photo! You look gorgeous with your sleek hair. How fun!

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