About me

When I was 21 I left Australia strapped into a giant purple backpack…… I wanted to go everywhere and see everything and my quest took me around the world, from the steamy jungles of Mexico to the pyramids of Guatemala, and the hidden surf beaches of El Salvador. Travels through North America led me from Venice Beach to the Redwood forests of northern California and on to the icy mountain peaks  of Canada. Back in the states I stumbled onto the Grateful Dead culture and  went on tour,  then flew to South America and travelled by land from the coke hazed streets of Santa Marta Colombia, across the mountains through Ecuador and Peru. I saw the sunrise over Machu Pichu and watched pink flamingos dance in a bright red lake in midst of the vast salt planes of Boliva. There was a gut churning flight over the Nazca lines, and an awestruck moment watching the sun set and the full moon simultaneously rise over the valley of the moon in Chile.

Across the world, the rosy hued hidden city of Petra in Jordan revealed some of its  secrets, and long summer days were spent exploring the rocky churches of the surreal valleys of Goreme in Turkey. I rode a donkey through the valley of the kings and lost my heart in Istanbul –  the magical city that straddles Europe and Asia. There were long cold winters in London and a long term love affair with Italy – with its streets of marble, ornate fountains, craggy coasts and gorgeous food.

Asia called and a dream came true as I watched the  sun rise over Angkor Wat deep in the jungles of Cambodia. There were long slow boat rides along the rivers of Laos and hikes through remote mountains in the north of Thailand….. And then India in all its magnificent, colouful chaos, a country like no other, more an experience than a destination. After 15 years wandering the globe I washed up on a beach in the Fiji islands which is the subject of my upcoming book ‘Kava, Cannibals and Curses,’  and then wound up in Indonesia which seems to have become my home.

I love to see new places, immerse myself in different cultures, to live life to its fullest and to experience everything that I possibly can. As is often the way with people who travel, I am a writer and have been documenting my journey in words and images. The pages listed below contain a small selection of my published work while blog postings mostly relate to my time in Indonesia.   Bali is vibrant, endlessly inspiring and always fascinating as you will discover if you take the time to trawl though these pages.

I am currently in the process of converting from a blog into a website and hope to gain a little more structure in doing so, but with so much information to organise it’s going to take some time, so please excuse the muddle in the meantime.

3 thoughts on “About me”

  1. Hola Ali,

    Love to read the experienced traveler.. and the women who lives life to the full!!! Maybe we get to see you next european winter as I want to take the kids on a little trip somewhere….might stop of in Bali. will talk to you before i know. now I just been ocupied being mama, but love to take some time out. and see the world trough the kids eyes.. take care my friend and great to keep up with you this way!!

  2. Bula Ali,

    What a wonderful website ~ your photos and captions of Bali and its idiosyncrasies made me giggle and were refreshing to read. Well done & congrats!

    Will see you again there sometime soon…

    Xx Claire.

  3. Hi Alison, we meet at Kendra gallery, Im Stefan, Iona friend.
    How are you ;)?

    So…you are a writer ya. I saw you have Kuta Karnival photos. Can I use some of the pics. Am in developing Kuta Karnival mini book now. I’ll add a credit/name or event the . Is it ok? Please let me know ya. Thanks Alison.

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