A Guide to climbing Mt Batur

Tips and Tricks for Climbing Mt Batur Chasing-Emma.com

I’m sure you’ve seen the photos on Instagram. A vibrant sunrise abover the clouds, highlighting a steep volcano in the distance. This is something that can only be achieved by climbing Mt Batur, Bali’s most active volcano. But don’t let that scare you off since climbing Mt Batur has become one of those must have adventures if you are in Bali.

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Bucket List: Climb Mt Batur

A view from near the base of Mt Batur, Bali on Chasing-Emma.com

My legs were burning, sweat was dripping down my back and down the sides of my face, and I huffed and puffed like a pack-a-day smoker out on a casual stroll. Apparently we were at the 90% point and only had a small section of rock scrambling to go before we reached the summit of Mt Batur. It was dark and cold and I was considering stopping for one last break when I realised that I could see the top. It was only a couple of meters away. I pushed myself onward and pulled myself up the last lot of rocks.

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Bucket List: Get a Fish Pedicure

Are you ticklish?

I sure am. Somedays you only have to brush my arm and I’m in hysterics. Getting my fert massaged requires immense self control to not kick my therapist in the face. This being the case, the last place I ever though I’d find my feet was in an aquarium being nibbled by little fish.

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Bucket List: Exploring the Tegalalang Rice Terrace

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock lately you’ve no doubt seen the gorgeous photos of the Tegalalang Rice Terrace, either with people strolling the fields in flowing dresses or soaring over the fields on a Bali swing. I visited the rice terraces when I was in Ubud, and let me tell you there is more to this location than looking pretty. Namely there’s stairs. Lots and lots of muddy and slippery stairs.

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Bucket List: Snorkel with Turtles

Having amazing animal encounters seems to be a theme on my bucket list, so it should be no surprise that when I heard that you could snorkel with turtles in the wild in the Gili Island I immediately added this destination to my itinerary.

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Berlin Walking Tour with Original Berlin Walks

Third Reich Walking Tour Review

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you should be aware that the 20th Century was a turbulent time in the history of the world. During this time humanity was faced with the ongoing effects of colonization, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War and its proxy conflicts in Vietnam, Korea, the Middle East and Central and South America. It really is a wonder how humanity was able to emerge from such disasters. But perhaps one of the most significant events of this time was World War II, specifically, how a political organization founded in hatred, bigotry and anger was able to rise to power in a relatively short period of time and deliver devastating destruction and death upon the world. A movement that is still simmering under the surface in many communities today. For those of you who haven’t recently brushed up on your history and am wondering what I’m going on about, I’m talking about the Nazi Party.

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Visiting a Nazi Concentration Camp

Visiting Mauthausen Concentration Camp www.chasingEmma.com

Bucket list item: ‘Visit a Nazi concentration camp’ to learn more about the tragedy that was the Holocaust.

I love watching historical documentaries, reading historical fiction, scrolling through pages and pages of history memes, debating historical events and being a history teacher. Basically, I’m a bit of a history nerd. With this in mind, it might seem less strange to you to see that visiting a Nazi concentration camp is on my bucket list. My love (obsession) for history isn’t the only reason for this however.

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How to Entertain Yourself During an Airport Layover

The view of a blue sky with white clouds out of an airplane window with the words 'How to entertain yourself during an airport layover.'

Have you ever been stuck at an airport for an uncomfortably long layover?  I have and I can tell you that it royally sucks. So what should you do next time you find yourself in this situation?

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What to do in Amsterdam

Things to Do in Amsterdam title on Chasing Emma

What do you think of when you think of Amsterdam City?

I confess that the only thing I actually knew about Amsterdam before I arrived was that you can consume marijuana at cafes and that there is a Red Light District. While I was vaguely aware of the canals and the bikes, these things were not what popped into my mind when I thought of the city.

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24 Hours in Prague: What To Do

24 Hours in Prague on Chasing-Emma.com

Prague was one of my favourite stops on my Top Deck Democracy Road tour. There is just something magical about this city. I don’t know if it’s the castle (I mean, all European countries seem to have castles, right?), the amazing Astronomical Clock, or the fact that it doesn’t matter which direction my feet took me in  Old City Square, I was never done exploring. This city caters to the history nerds, the party animals and the beer lovers alike.

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