For our two-night return to Tulamben in order for George to play with T WRECK, the live band at Warung Komang, we decided to stay at Bali-Spark Resort, little more than a year old. It sounded like a good deal on and looked fancy. We thought it was just past the last hotel in town but it’s actually located near the temple on the hill.  The setting is great – be sure to snorkel the drop-off – but the hotel does feel isolated from the restaurants in town.

Bali-Spark has an ocean view from the upstairs restaurant and should have a view of Agung, the highest mountain in Bali, but from the rear there is not not one window facing in the proper direction. I like pool views but would rather see a volcano!

I also was frustrated while getting this message about the free wifi: Could not join “SpeedUp_Hotspot_81D.” The owner did try several times to reset his hot spot but there was no Internet service during our stay. Apparently the fact that Agung is so high is why the Internet does not work! I also have to mention another friend’s comment about the stairs up to the second floor rooms and restaurant being steep. Each individual step is big and there is no railing. So be careful when the steps are wet!

Nearly every hotel’s sign says, “Free Wi-fi.” I am waiting for the next generation that says “FAST Wi-fi” or “Very Strong Signal Wi-fi.” I have been making lots of videos  but they upload so slowly that sometimes it takes 80 minutes to load a 4-minute video.

I am trying to learn how to compress files but have not figured that out yet. Does anyone have a suggestion, lesson or alternate program for me? I record in HD on a FLIP camera and then make the movies in iMovie. I export them to the desktop and then upload on our YouTube channel: WeSaidGoTravel. I would love your help!

Today we are off to Ubud for a ceremony. I have the camera and FLIP all charged up for this exciting event. Then we are supposed to meet the band in Amed for another great night of singing. Last night, I played drums for two songs while the Bass player, Yoyas, sang and played lead guitar. I had so much fun. This adventure is already full of surprises.

July 27, 2012


Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries on six continents. This University of Pennsylvania graduate sailed across the seas for seven years with Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Renaissance Cruises and spent three years backpacking across Asia. Discover her articles in publications from AARP: The Magazine and AAA Explorer to WIRED and Wharton Magazine, as well as her site WeSaidGoTravel. On her award nominated global podcast, Make Your Own Map, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors, and as a journalist has been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty-two times. Named a #3 travel influencer for 2023, Niver talks travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, her YouTube channel with over 2 million views, and in her memoir, Brave-ish, One Breakup, Six Continents and Feeling Fearless After Fifty.

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