Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Wonderful World of Bali; Been There, Done That ,Co I've Been to Bali Too, Says Reporter Christine Harch

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Wonderful World of Bali; Been There, Done That ,Co I've Been to Bali Too, Says Reporter Christine Harch

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CONSIDERING how much I loathe summer, the heat in general, and I also hate shopping so much so that a friend once accused me of not being a "proper" woman, it probably seems odd that I chose Bali as my most recent holiday destination.

Of course when you cut through the icing and discover that my sister Karen Scott and her husband Tony own a house on Lembongan Island and my niece Nicole Butler, with whom I share a birth date, was turning 21 Co what other reason did I need?

We left at the start of the last week in September and stayed for two weeks.

Honestly, it was an amazing experience. Being a creature of the land, not the sky or the ocean, I did things I'd never before considered in my life, namely snorkelling and white water rafting. But my goodness, what spectacular experiences.

I felt I was in another world altogether. It were as if I was in Nemo's world because I saw clown fish and fish just like Gus.

I was sorry when the first snorkelling excursion ended, but delighted when we managed to get in a second trip.

That exposure to the world below the water now makes me want to try scuba diving.

I also pushed my boundaries with white water rafting, joined by mother Joy Butler, sister, nephew Ryan Scott, niece Nicole and a guide who kept us laughing all the way.

At one point when the raft was jammed up against the bank, the guide got into the water to turn the raft around.

He leaned into the raft and said to my mum "Sorry grandma, I go home now."

The guide, whether stemming from his culture or something intuitive within him, had cleverly worked out that mum was the centre of attention and she had his undivided consideration.

He kept leaning toward her, rubbing her arm and saying "It's alright grandma, I will look after you".

In Bali, the word for grandma is CyDa Dong' so we just shortened it to CyDong' and that became mum's name for the remainder of the trip. …

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