Wake up in the morning.....Lobo go to surfing!!

Trip Start Sep 01, 2010
Trip End Dec 01, 2010

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Flag of Indonesia  , Bali,
Wednesday, September 22, 2010

After Seminyak we headed to the Bukit peninsula, the furthest southern point of Bali where some of the most famous surf breaks are located. We were there for four days, and it is a really cool spot. Not much here, but some of the most famous waves in the world and a lot of surfers. Uluwatu and Padang-padang are two pretty serious breaks, and Ryan got some good days in! We started our stay at Rocky Bungalows. It was very expensive at 400,00rp (45US) a night, but we splurged and stayed two nights...still no hot water though so i think we got ripped off...forgot to bargain. Either way I saw the swimming pool and couldn't resist. the first day we were here we went to the Uluwatu temple to check out a famous majestic temple on a cliff and lots of Craaaazy monkeys. I got a bunch of bananas for a dollar and quickly realized it is necessary to hide said bananas. these little guys mean business. They are all about stealing anything they can off tourists and then bartering with the locals to get it back. (bananas, bags of peanuts, dried fruit...) then the tourist must barter with the local to get it back. (10,000, 20,000....50,000 maybe for a nice camera) These monkeys will literally steal the sunglasses off a giant man's face. Fearless.
    The temple is very beautiful, and one of the older more majestic temples in Bali. After our 3 mile walk to get there, we opted for a transport back. We made friends with three girls from San Diego in Balangan beach, and happened to run into them at the temple, and even further happened to be staying at the same place so we went to dinner with them at a thai place along with 4 guys they met who are also from various so cal lo-cals, and were absolutly hillarious! Even this far away, we end up at a table full of people from cali...which, honestly, we agreed was a little bit nice, just to feel close to home and not have to work as hard to communicate and find common ground. After a long dinner (they literally locked the doors and were in bed the second we left) we motorbiked back to our place for a raucous pool party. An Aussie couple joined us who we may stay with in Byron Bay, and it was just a great vacation sort of night.
    The next day, we went to padang-padang to surf, and Ryan paddled out at a steep barreling left, while we ladies attempted a way more mellow (relative) right, which seemed to have a managable shoulder for the 9' epoxy beastly longboards available for rent on the beach (this is apparantly "the" beach that was in eat pray love for those of you who care) When we got out through a channel (thank god for the channel) the wind picked up, it started raining and the shear ridiculousness of the drop on this wave became apparent. I would have to swear the waves just started pumping for the first 20 minutes we were out there as we watched guys getting stand-up barrels on the main point to our left. WOA!!! Heather dive bombed a wave (the girl has guts or is completely crazy)  and didn't make it back out for at least another 20 min. the leash ripped right off her leg and the lifeguard (funny stories about these bali "lifeguards") brought it back to her as she floundered about. After those massive sets chilled out, we found a nice shoulder inside (along with a surf school that came out....talk about a learning experience) and got tons of good little rides.
    the girls left for ubud, and Ryan and I moved to a cheaper surf hotel ($17) with ac and spent the next two nights there. We ate at yeh yehs twice and sat in the breeze next to a fat smiling buddah and after our nice dinner there, we walked home and stopped in a market (tiny markets everywhere....almost every house is also a market) to get another beer for the road. When we announced to a group of Aussies and Locals that our mission was beer, we were invited to drink with them, balinese style. There was one Brit, whose 22nd birthday was in full swing and two aussie surfers who have a house nearby. One whose been surfing Bali 20 years. and then some awesome locals, including Lopo, my hero. Lopo has been proclaimed the "Drop in King" by the uluwatu surf scene and proceeded to rattle off a very impressive list of pro surfers he has snaked, included Jaime O'brien, who i guess deserves to be snaked, Mick fanning who until trestles was ranked #1 in the world, John Florance, among others. Then This guy eric from La showed up with a ukulele and we had the most fabulously talented jam session. Eric on strings, Lopo on the Jimbaye, random guy with the egg full of beans, brittish tim with the beer bottle and lighter, me on back up oooos and aaahhhs, and ryan laughing all the way! it was a total moment. Lopo sang an amazing song that he wrote. The lyrics i will include, and for anyone who would like to hear it in all its glory, you just let me know and i will belt it out for you. "Wake up in the morning....Lopo, go to Surfing....but he no have nothing....because he going surfing!!....Sa-la-la-la...etc." which i am pretty sure sa-la-la is  sha-la-la, but it just was too perfect to describe. The lyrics are quite poignant though i believe. Well, I feel I'm getting a bit long winded and yet so much more has happened! I may have to drop in a couple more updates in the next few days while on the perfect little island of Gili T (first impression...full impression pending) We will be here for at least three days getting SCUBA certification and I will include at least one teaser photo from our first dive in Amed the other day. Love to all, and thank you so much for the comments! I really relish hearing from people back home. Peace out.
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Laura Oreskovich on

Berit, I am your mother's long time friend. I live in Kernville, in the house (it is quite different now) where you and your family spent a Christmas. I am living vicariously thru you, keep the travel log coming and please, be safe.

nicolle hager on

Hey B and Ryan. It sounds like you guys are having a blast. I miss you both so much and am living vicariously through you guys. You both deserve this so much. You have worked so much and took the time to save and you dont worry about anything but enjoying yourselves. B, I know you're in good hands with Ry. So enjoy and groove yo thangs! SMOOOOOCH

Brooke on

YAY! I love this entry. It sounds like you have already experienced so much and to think it has only just begun. I'm enjoying living vicariously through you as well so please do keep the updates coming. It's like a little novel that I look forward to reading. Plus, it's nice to know that you are safe and well...hi to Ryan!!!

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