Stuck/Sick : When Holidays Go A Bit Wrong

November 12, 2015

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Aw man.

Rin and I took our first mum and daughter holiday and guess what happened?

a) we got stuck in Bali due to the volcanic ash and
b) Rin got sick and we had to go to hospital

It has been tres challenging, to say the least.

Our flights have been moved 3 times, with no real sign that we’ll be able to get out via our regular airline. So last night we booked tickets with a different airline (one that takes a slightly different route) and we are hoping to be home on Saturday in the early am. (We were due home on Tuesday night.)

Let me just say that we were having an ace holiday up until the stuck/sick bit. Here are some pics of the good things we have eaten, seen and done. Remember the good times, right?!

Also – I bet there are heaps of people who are having a much harder time than us and are still stuck in Bali – and people going through even tougher things than this, completely un-Bali related. It’s important to maintain perspective and not get too sooky about these things, right? Although. I DID have a bit of a sob last night once Rin was sleeping and I’d secured our flights home. It was more of a relief sob. Like someone switching a valve and everything sort of whooshing out. Or sort of like a volcano. Don’t mention volcanos.

Feelings CAN be like volcanoes sometimes though, don’t you think?!

Just a few fave things about Bali:

Monsieur Spoon’s French Breakfast (we like the Canggu one the best!)
Corn fritters and tomato sambal
Seeing Rowe and Audrey!
Pretty beaches and lush gardens
Lots of kind and helpful people – tourists and locals
Beautiful offerings everywhere
Having manicures and pedicures
Taking cooking classes
Learning about life in Bali from our taxi drivers and our driver Wayan
Walking all the steps to get to Single Fin
The buffet breakfast at The St Regis Hotel

Thanks for not minding that I have been a bit MIA – internet is patchy and life has been complicated! Hopefully we will be winging our way across the shores of Australia in the middle of the night Friday/Saturday. Cross your fingers and toes and eyes for us! (And also for everyone else who is trying to get home from Bali to family and work and other important things.)

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  • Reply Lisa November 14, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    Aww it sucks when holidays go wrong. Wishing you good travels. We lost all of our camping gear – on the first night of our weekend away – last night in a hail-storm (hail crashed it all down and broke it all up). Sometimes you just gotta take a deep breath and accept these things. Sigh.

  • Reply Vanessa November 14, 2015 at 7:59 AM

    Oh dear, I hope Rin is feeling better and it isn’t anything too serious!

  • Reply Zena November 13, 2015 at 10:43 PM

    Your ‘volcanic’ feelings are legitimate. You just want to get home! Especially after poor Rin feel ill. It was nice that she had her mum with her though:) I would be so freaking out a bit if I was in your position. Also, I have younger kids and would want to get back to them asap. Hopefully you get back soon!!!!!

  • Reply Ashlea @ Glamour Coastal Living November 13, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Have been thinking of you Pip, I know a few others who have had to cancel holiday plans to go! How inconvenient are these volcanoes 😛 Sorry to hear there has been sickness and doctor visits, thats tough, especially in Bali! Hope you arrive home safe and sound Saturday x

  • Reply Julie November 13, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    We got stuck in Bali back in July… Other than sleeping on the floor at the airport, I tried to stay calm and think so many others have it worse off than me. And then went and ate some more great food.

  • Reply Cass Cusack November 13, 2015 at 1:04 AM

    Hugs honey, you are allowed to be a bit upset, so difficult for you and everyone stuck in Bali and being sick is hard at the best of times.

  • Reply Isabel November 13, 2015 at 12:16 AM

    Sorry to hear that Rin got sick, Pip. I know the feeling of being sick in a foreign land (malaria in Italy of all places) and stuck in Bali not knowing when you’ll get home, it happened to me a few years ago too. Those damn volcanic ash clouds, they just will not respect people’s holiday plans will they?! A definite yes to the keeping things in perspective, but I can understand the need for a bit of a relief-sob. Crossing all hand and foot digits that you’ll be home on the weekend x

  • Reply Carolyn November 12, 2015 at 11:23 PM

    Oh, Pip, it’s awful being away and sick. My boy fell really ill when he was overseas with school, wound up in hospital, I had to go over and get him and the when we finally were able to leave we went to check in and our flight was delayed 8 hours! Missed our connecting flight so had to spend the day in Dubai with no luggage! The start of your holiday looked fab! Hopefully you can just let those memories shine through and let the others slide away into the shadows x

    • Reply Meet Me At Mikes November 12, 2015 at 11:25 PM

      Oh my gosh. That is HORRIBLE! You poor things! See – our issues pale in comparison to that kind of experience. Glad you guys got out of that pickle. Phew. x

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