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 Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a television host, travel journalist as well as a passionate artist, educator and writer who has explored 101 countries, 6 continents and sailed on cruise ships for seven years on the high seas and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which was read in 212 countries in 2018 and named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blog and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one million views on her YouTube channel. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on both Twitter and Facebook, has over 150,000 followers across social media and ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. She has been a finalist for six Southern California Journalism Awards in the past three years and won an award for her Jewish Journal article. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and challenges. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.

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