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DOs and DON'Ts for MUNDUK, Indonesia

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Only a two hour drive from tacky, tourist laden Kuta, Munduk sits amongst misty mountains and hidden waterfalls.  It is easy to get to but (if you are on a low budget) hard to leave.

  • DO take liquid supplies with you.  There is a distinct lack of alcohol in this tiny town. 

As an act of desperation, you may find yourself ordering Bali Wine.  You will then notice that the luminous pink liqueur bears no resemblance to wine and softly panic as each round becomes a darker pink and then purple (WHAT THE..?)  It also has a suspiciously thickening consistency as it nears the end of the barrel. 

Pass out.  Sleep.  Repeat.


  • DON’T let your driver charge you extra for a hotel drop off.  Munduk has one main road running through it.  Some minibus drivers will take you to the waterfall and charge extra for a ride into town.  This is illegal.  If you’ve paid for a ride into Munduk, they should take you to the main street.


  • DO eat roadside food.  As in most towns across Bali, the local restaurants serve up insanely tasty grilled fish, spiced vegetables and (sexy soy bean cake) tempeh.


  • DON’T expect to Skype your family.  This is ‘travelling’ in inverted commas.  I stupidly followed a sign for the town’s internet café, only to find an old wall and some hyperactive chickens. 


  • DO ask about the local bus service on arrival - the service is infrequent.  Taxis are available to order at most hotels but are far too pricey on a traveller’s budget.


  • DON’T get too close to the cliff edge.  Safety rails are a novelty in these here parts.

 

  • DO drink the sexy tea.  Huge teapots of hotch-potch magic – turmeric/ginger and lime being top of that list.

 

  • DO see the waterfalls.  No tour guide is needed as they are clearly signposted.  This is a lovely little jungle trek – being caught short on the mountain path; optional.

 

  • DON’T forget your insect repellent.  The mosquitoes are a little fruitier up here.  Note that even Deet will fail to repel the hillside snakes, lizards and wild, barking dogs.

 

Munduk is well worth a trip but unless you have a secret bottle of rum or an entire novel to write, two days is more than enough.

Top 10 Tips for Berlin

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Whether you’re after a fleamarket and a currywurst, an opera in an pre-war music hall or an afternoon at the photoautomat, Berlin has it all (with Absinthe on top).

 

Here are my ten top tips to get you started:

 

  • an abandoned theme park

Spree park closed to the public in 2002 and has become an urban myth like the Loch Ness Monster or a Nandos Black Card.  The eerie park houses fallen dinosaurs and a squeaking Ferris Wheel turning defiantly in the breeze.  There is strictly no entry: apparently there are guard dogs and security but don’t you want to sit in the Ghost Train anyway?  If only for the sake of Instagram and an Amaro filter.

Photo by Phillipp Messenger

  • bebelplatz

In the centre of Bebelplatz on the Under den Linden boulevard, is a memorial to the Nazi book burning ceremonies of 1933.  It would be easy to miss this window in the ground, housing an empty library that could hold 20,000 books.  A plaque nearby reads “That was only a prelude; where they burn books, they will in the end also burn people”.  Heinrich Heine, Almansor

 

  • a flohmarkt

Most of the city is in a hungover Techno haze come Sunday and it’s the perfect time to browse the flea markets.  There is a comprehensive list here.  Whether you’re after a Prussian war coat, cheap sunglasses or a heist of taxidermy: you will find it.  Follow this with a Berlin brunch; German for a 'never ending buffet'.  Ahhhh....  

 

  • a pool on a river

Assuming the weather is kind, Badeschiff is a dream day out.  A fake beach: check.  A bar: check.  A swimming pool that appears to float on the River Spree.  DOUBLE CHECK.

Random German holidaymaker included in the price

 

  • the memorial to the murdered jews of europe

One block south of the Brandenburg Gate lies the Holocaust Memorial; 2,711 concrete slabs formed on a sloping walkway.  Incredibly moving and a stark reminder of the harrowing events in our not too distant history.

 

  • a deserted airport

Templehof; the deserted airport is now a haven for rollerbladers and lazy cyclists.  Take a barbeque and a Berline Weisse for a long afternoon.  After all, chowing on a sausage next to an unlit runway seems strangely apocalyptic.

  • the fifty faces gallery

In a run-down part of the city close to Hallesches Tor station is the tower block featuring 50 faces of famous people and local residents.  Created by five graffiti artists to bring some much needed aesthetics into the neighbourhood, this is worth a look.

  • east side gallery

This is a must see before an integral part of history is ripped down to make way for top end hotels.  It’s no wonder Berliners oppose gentrification.  Painted with iconic images of peace and darker times, this remaining part of the wall is close to Warschauer Strasse and Ostbahnhof Stations.

This translates as "My God help me to survive this deadly love".

*This man is no longer my boyfriend.

 

  • a candlelit bar in Neukolln

An eclectic, multi-cultural neighbourhood, you must visit Neukolln before it becomes Hackney.  Full of edgy charm, the bars along Weserstrasse are an understated mix of mismatched furniture and unfamiliar cocktails.

 

  • devil’s mountain

Day trip to a war time spy tower, anyone?  On a hill made from the debris of Berlin, is a deserted radio tower where the Americans listened in on East Germany and the Soviets.  Still cloaked in mystery, David Lynch tried (and failed) to buy this site a few years ago giving it immediate cult status.  There are occasional tours of the site.  Alternatively, you may find yourself breaking in.  Bit more exciting that way isn’t it? 

  

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LOLLY does...a MORNING RAVE in Old Street!

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FINALLY recovered from Glastonbury?  Has the last speck of glitter dropped from your cheek and the ringing in your ear dulled to a dim, commuter fuzz…well, hey!  Do not worry reveller! 

There is a special set by DJ Norman Jay on Old Street Roundabout this Friday, 10th July.  Yes, you heard me!  Old Street Roundabout, yo!  And the best bit?  It takes place between 07:30-10:30am.  You can ‘big fish, little fish’ to your heart’s content as the double deckers slip on by.

Part of the Lipton Ice Tea daybreakers campaign, there will be food by Burger Bear, known for their tasty bacon jam.  But the tastiest bit of all is that this event is FREE!

Maybe you missed the other daybreaker events: Hudson Taylor’s private gig at the Sky High Garden, the waterslide at Kings Cross or the commuter boat ride along the Thames but there are still some tickets left for ‘Get Up, Get Down’ at Old Street Roundabout. 

Why not break from your routine or revive those Glasto nights?  Tickets here.