Road Trippin‘ England #2 – Hiking the Seven Sisters

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Hello and welcome back to my Road Trippin‘ England series!

If you have no clue what I’m talking about, make sure to check out the first post of this series where we took the ferry to Dover and started our road trip (click here).

After we had left Folkestone, we headed towards our next destination:

The Seven Sisters

The Seven Sisters are a series of chalk cliffs, situated in the South Downs National Park between the two coastal towns, Seaford and Eastbourne.

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We parked our car in a car park in a street called Crowlink Lane. From there we took a twenty minute walk to the cliffs across the meadows of the national park which are home to sheep and cattle since the area is used as a farm.

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The view from the cliffs is simply stunning. However, be careful and stay away from the edge- as solid as they may seem, these cliffs are naturally unstable and cliff falls happen.

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Yup, these cliffs are definitely naturally unstable. 

Tea Time

If you need a break from hiking, you can enjoy a coffee or tea, as well as other foods and drinks at the Birling Gap Café next to the National Trust Birling Gap and the Seven Sisters.
On our hike we haven’t seen too many people, only at the Tourist center that I’ve just mentioned. As far as I can tell, many people just like to park their car near the cliffs and enjoy the view, only some people actually like to hike the cliffs.

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After a quick coffee break, we went back to the car and enjoyed the walk being surrounded by baby sheep with their mothers and curious calfs observing us through the fence of their meadows.

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A curious baby sheep approaching a calf. 
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Poor little baby sheep got scared when the calf snuffled. 

I loved hiking the Seven Sisters and I will definitely come back (with better footwear)!
Thanks for reading.

xx, Sophie

Exploring the North of Bali #2 – Sekumpul Waterfalls

Hello everybody,

this is the second part of my day trip to the north of Bali, click here to read the first part.
After we jumped into a waterfall and enjoyed the fresh water of the natural swimming pool, we continued our hike, wondering how beautiful the so called Fiji Waterfalls may be. It was hot, the air was humid and we were exhausted but still enthusiastic to see our first big waterfall.
Climbing down around 250 stairs and going back upstairs took it out of us.
Nevertheless, it was worth it! The waterfalls were huge but we were still able to stand underneath them and take pictures with the GoPro. The water was fresh and cold, we were so amazed to swim in an actual waterfall!

Additionally, we also went to see the Sekumpul Waterfall which was humongous!
However, I forgot to take a picture…pretty ridiculous.

On our way back we were picked up by the locals who drove us to a restaurant where we got a 30.000 Rupiah Voucher and had food. I ordered Nasi Goreng, Fried Banana and Water for only 2€!!

All in all, the day was really nice and we were all happy that we went on this tour.
In total we payed around 33-35€ which is not too much for this amazing experience, since it includes transport, food and the guided tour.

I hope you enjoyed reading this, have a good week!

Sophie

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Exploring the North of Bali #1 The Rice Terraces

If you are planning a trip to Bali, you will love to get out of the touristy places and explore the north of Bali! I can highly recommend booking day trips on the street, since you can hire a driver who will take you wherever you want to go. We booked a tour with seven people and payed 750IDR in total.

We arrived at the park and had to pay another 400IDR (instead of 450IDR) per person for the guided hiking tour. I suppose you cannot go on your own, but the tour was really cool! You should really try to negotiate, they may give you a discount when you are booking with a group of people.

After having payed the fee, some locals took us on their scooters and drove us to the Rice Terraces. We started hiking from there and the view was really beautiful! The first stop was a view point where our guides gave us young coconuts and we took a short break.
Walking through the Rice Terraces was thrilling, since you have to watch your steps if you do not want to fall over. I guess this kind of hikes would not be possible in Germany, as it was slightly dangerous some times.

The next stop was a natural waterslide which was really amazing. At first I was really scared, as they will ask you to sit down on a rubber tyre and push you down the rock-waterslide, but it turned out to be really cool and save though.
After our little waterslide adventure, they brought us ginger tea and fresh fried bananas. (I love fried bananas!!!)

We continued our hike and after half an hour we arrived at a small waterfall where we were able to jump into the water and swim in a natural swimming pool.
My GoPro did a nice job, we took so many videos! I still have to edit them though which will take a lot of time probably, since I am really bad at editing videos…
Anyway, this was not the last waterfall we were supposed to see but I would like to split this blogpost into half, since I took far too many photographs!

Enjoy the view and stay tuned :)!

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Trying not to fall in the mud…

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You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a flight to Bali!
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Durian, definitely not my favourite…

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Have a good week!
xx, Sophie

 

Taman Negara Pulau Pinang

Hello everybody and welcome back to my blog!
Today, I will share with you my hiking experiences in Penang, Malaysia.
As you know from my last posts (click and click), I spent five days in Penang after I went to Langkawi.
I met a really nice girl from Holland and we decided to explore Penang’s National Park together, good decision.
Since you should be prepared for everything when you go hiking, we bought two huge bottles of water for each of us and also brought bananas and different kinds of street food to-go.
There is a very cheap bus in Penang, which will take you from the center of Georgetown to the National Park, the bus also stops at Batu Ferringhi. It took us about 10 minutes to get to the Park from the beach and the ticket is only about 1.40RM.
Having arrived at „Taman Negara Pulau Pinang“, you will have two hiking options: Turtle Beach and Monkey Beach. As other travelers told us that Monkey Beach is pretty busy, we decided to go to Turtle Beach and I do not regret it. It took us two and a half hours to get to the Beach and the hike was simply beautiful. You do not need to be super fit for it, but some good shoes are advisable! Be prepared to see a beautiful rainforest with lots of trees, palm trees and even waterfalls. Additionally, you won’t need a guide for this tour, since it is quite obvious where you have to go. I loved that we were able to walk on our own and were not part of a group of screaming tourists.

Around noon we had made it to Turtle Beach and seriously, there were just about five other people there. We walked down a long „bridge“ until we reached a small hut that was standing in the sea. We sat down for almost an hour, listened to the sea and relaxed.
In these moments I always try to appreciate the moment, to be aware of my surroundings and know how lucky I am to be there.

Unfortunately, it began to rain later and we went to a small beach house where we met locals and three travelers. It was amazing to see the rain in the middle of the see and realize that the clouds were about to move towards the mainland.
While the locals offered us hot tea, we sat around and talked to each other, we were stuck in a beach house on a lonely beach at the other side of a National Park.
Reminder: Be prepared for everything!

Normally you can take a boat from Turtle Beach to Monkey Beach, however the rain probably made it impossible for someone to pick us up.
Later we decided to walk to the Turtle Sanctuary, which I cannot recommend.
There are turtles in tanks without anything than water in it, very sad.
Since it was slowly getting darker, we decided to walk back, even though it was still raining. Actually, this was not the worst decision, since it was adventurous to walk through a rainforest while it was raining. We heard lots of animals and had to climb around in order to get over the floated paths.
You will have to be very cautious if you want to walk through a flooded jungle, as you might slip and hurt yourself.
After one and a half hour we finally arrived at the entrance with soaking wet trainers and clothes.

Looking back, it was an awesome adventure. I really hope that I will be able to do more hikes in tropical rainforests and experience more adventures like this one.

Would you like to go hiking in a jungle? Let me know in the comments!

xx, Sophie

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