1. When was your first visit to Bali?
I think it has to be around 24/25 years ago. We stayed in Sanur. Still a special place for us. Back then there were dirt roads and it was so quiet. We loved it all and still have people from then, we say hello to when we pass through enroute to Candidasa...our Sanur these days.
2. Although you live closer to Bali than most of us, Broome is fairly remote. Is it difficult for you to get to Bali?
No, it's not hard to get to Bali from here. We can fly from here to Port Hedland with the local airline, Skywest and then onto Denpasar, or fly to Darwin and then onto Bali with Jetstar. There have been flights direct from Broome to Denpasar in the past and it's just under two hours from here...bliss. We flew on one of the last flights with Ansett and just wish a carrier would again take on this connection.
3. Apart from it just being a great holiday destination, what do you think draws you back to Bali?
It's always been about the people. The Balinese are such warm and welcoming people. We feel so lucky to have forged a friendship with our driver and his family over the past three years. Through them, we have seen a Bali, we never had the opportunity to be see before. Made and his lovely family have taken us places and included us in his family gatherings...we truly feel that we are family
4. Do you have any funny/embarrassing Bali moments that you would like to share?
Nothing's coming to mind, apart from the fact that I don't like haggling (I think most know this) and in the end, I just about pay more than was asked.....it always reminds me of Monty Python's Life of Brian and the haggling which goes on over a false beard...it's lost on me.
I guess what has often cut me up, is when I have been asked if I want my hair plaited - as it's short and curly, I can't iamgine what it would like, apart from a chunky pineapple....I have told a few ladies this and it has been received with a lot of silly giggles.
5. What do you miss most about Bali when you come home?
So many things....smells, (even the interesting ones), the light, (as it's so much softer there, than here in the Kimberley), the food...oh the food, the feeling of belonging, the comfort of returning to somewhere you feel completely at home, sailing in jakungs, the music, the flowers, birds and of course, the wonderful Balinese, their quiet voices, their smiles...probably the best hosts you could find on the planet.
6.Do you travel to other places in between trips to Bali?
Yes, we travel to and from Perth 4 or 5 times a year to see family. We also love to drive and have driven across to Cairns (lived there for almost a year), then to Darwin ( a 2 year stint) and then back to Broome. Last year we drove from Adelaide, including the Coorong (wonderful after all the rains, as I'm a bit of a bird watcher) and then along the Great Ocean Road and on to Melbourne. We hope to do it again....wonderful and we'd love to return to Europe some time too....but in the meantime, Bali sees us on average, twice a year.