Sailing With Sora

Terry and Karen circumnavigating the globe currently in Phuket, Thailand. Will remain in the area for a refit and some road trips around Asia for a year or so.

09 December 2010
02 March 2009 | Phuket
02 March 2009 | `Phuket
23 February 2009 | Andaman Sea
19 February 2009 | Bangkok
06 February 2009 | Thailand
24 December 2008 | Langkawi, Malaysia
09 December 2008 | Penang
06 December 2008 | Penang
02 December 2008 | Penang
29 November 2008 | Kuhla Lumpur
25 November 2008 | The Straits of Melaka
15 November 2008 | Johor Bahru
02 November 2008 | Singapore
17 October 2008 | Kumai
10 October 2008 | Borneo (Kalimantan)
09 October 2008 | Borneo
03 October 2008 | Kangean
28 September 2008 | Return to Lovina
28 September 2008 | Cruise to Lombok

Bali #1

26 September 2008 | Bali
Instant Millionaire! 10,000 Indonesian Rupiah = 93 cents US. So a trip to the ATM generates a fist full of money, 1,250,000. Terry's ecstatic 'cause essentials are so inexpensive here - huge Bintang Beer $2, groceries and fuel half what we paid in Darwin, nice hotel rooms $15.

Bali is right in the middle of the chain of Indonesian Islands and from what I've seen so far is probably the best. Every day Terry and I walk, only instead of the waterfalls, & rocky hills of New Zealand we hike 3-5 kilometers along a shore with the beach on one side and humongous resorts on the other.

In one area all we could hear was Russian or German spoken by the guests lounging on their padded divans baking in the sun, munching, imbibing frosty pastel concoctions, or getting massages. Decadent to the enth! Some of these resorts used to charge $650-1000 a night before the '02 bombings. Now there are many huge hotels and not so many wealthy tourists. We're just happy to be ambling along testing the coldness of the Bintang watching the beautiful, the rich, and the not so much of either at play.

The real heart of the tourist area is Kuta where the backpackers abound. Here the digs are cheap hostels with shopping galore and dinner in the $2.50-5 range, 50 DVD's for $35 - I'm on a quest! Terry found Oakley sunglasses for $3, this after some judicious bargaining - you never pay the asking price, usually 1/3 to � of the original. The Balinese love to haggle and never get upset even if you don't make a purchase. And they are natural salesmen, carnival barkers as Terry calls them. So we spend the majority of the afternoons smiling and telling hundreds of natives no thank you, just looking. They are slight, attractive, shy, folks who are working only to please their visitors. The hawkers have become part of the scenery - their gypsy tents shaded by gorgeous trees and flowers on the one side and waves breaking upon beautiful beaches or huge surf crashing on the reef further out on the other.

Cheers to a new Paradise, more soon.

Vessel Name: Sora
Vessel Make/Model: Tayana 55' Ketch
Hailing Port: Pensacola Beach, FL
Crew: Terry & Karen Kreitzberg
About: Terry Kreitzberg is retired and he and his wife are in the process of a circumnavigation. Not in any hurry, will sail till the wheels come off.

Who are we, and just what do we think we're doing?

Who: Terry & Karen Kreitzberg
Port: Pensacola Beach, FL