Trip Start Sep 01, 2010
15Trip End Dec 01, 2010
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Top 10 list time? here goes:
Top 10 best and worst: (but not in order cause that may stress me out)
1) Lemon Juice (think fresh frozen lemonade)
2) Motorbikes pulling up to you while moving to ask where you are going so they can give you their card and tell you about all their family/friend business in whatever town you answer.
4) Dogs wandering free, just doing their thing, scratchin' fleas on the beach...chewing whatever they want...
6) Outdoor showers in the jungle with gekos
7) Locals that know more American surf slang than I do, but as for the words to their favorite songs to sing? not so much...
8) The strong belief in Karma
9) Mangos straight off the tree! peel and eat whole (Brendan, just think, a few months ago i couln't figure out how to properly cut a mango and now I'm cleaning them up with my bare hands!)
10) The two most common responses when we say we're from California, "HOTEL CALIFORNIA!" (they seriously love that song...we've been serenaded many times.) and "OBAMA!"
1) large piles of trash everywhere
2) cock fights
3) Hawkers (how many times can I refuse to buy a crossbow?)
4) Rooster alarm clocks
5) Squat toilets
6) The cold drinks are just not quite cold enough to beat the heat :(
7) Being sticky for 6 weeks...still not quite used to it
8) Stick shift cars that can't run AC and climb a hill at the same time
9) bad moods...they come and go
10) missing my friends and family and my job (you may not believe me, but it's really hard not to work for 6 weeks
So, my last update: It said location Nusa Lembangon but i didn't make it past Lombok, so, I am going to pick up with Nusa, even though it now says Ubud, and hopefully i'll get that far. So Nusa Lemangon can be reached from a port town called Sanur, and we left this little place at 8:00am. Our ticket was $4 on the public boat which was so loaded down, i was shocked we made it there. Its only about an hour away, and we pulled in between Playgrounds and Lacerations, two pretty nice looking surf spots. We allowed one of the many eager brothers of a homestay to show us his families place, and for $15ish we got a really nice room with a really really good breakfast. It was about 11 when we got settled and we got to have our second breakfast of the morning for free! Sooooo good. We shared a banana and honey pancake, fruit plate, toast and scrambled eggs and tea with the BEST sugar, salt and pepper on the side to use as desired. I ate it all! you could almost just eat the salt and pepper straight they we so good. (brought some home...) We decided to go check out the mangroves, and hopped on a motorbike to explore. We were ushered into a boat for $5 by a local that didnt speak much english and he took us out around the groves for 40 min. It was a very placid experience...I can't say i was bored...but i had to remind myself this was a time for serene reflection a couple times. Then we finally entertained ourselves by messing with camera settings again. I'll spare you the 500 mangrove pictures. We stopped in a warung after that for a beverage and some light shopping, where we talked with a really nice local kid for a while. a fisherman, who had some pretty cool stories about that life. my favorite is that he gets mad at the dolphins sometimes cause they bite open his nets and eat the tuna while he's fishing
We checked the surf spot on this island (i forget the name and ryan isn't here with his solid memory) and it wasnt too impressive so we headed back and continued the loop. By this time it was somehow getting late...or maybe we were just hungy, but we decided to save the other features for the next day. We went to early dinner at scooby doos where we watched a drunk french woman argue about not getting all her drinks happy hour price, and the waiter annouced to the restaurant that I was a very hungry lady because i order an appetizer and desert. (this shortly after a 20 year old local kid at desert point told me i looked like I was having a very small baby and guessed that I was 30. Wow...thanks. As Ryan pointed out at least he said it was a very small baby) I think we hit the hay around 9:30 that night cause as often happens in Bali there is really nothing to do after the sun goes down. (the upside is I discovered I really like 6:30am and I never thought I say that!)
The next day we got another killer breakfast and Ryan hit the waves
I was craving some sunbathing time as I was losing my glow from my week indoors, so we went to Dream Beach whichw as exactly that. A cove with a really pretty and tropical resort with a pool, and no one on the sand, just a really pretty setting. We spent an hour or two there and i finally took my first swim since I burned my leg! YES! I was stoked! It was really funny, by this time more people had come down so i had an audiance as I jumped into the surf, laid on my back to float and got completly washed up and beached on the sand in the least graceful way. haha! it was pretty funny to me...maybe no one saw.
Then we went to thins spot called Devil's tear and oh man i wish i could upload video! its a tear shaped cliff cove (no beach)...an inlet maybe? Anyway maybe we jsut hit it on the perfect conditions but as the waves surged into this cove there was a little cave where you hear this Whomp as the water slammed into it trapping air, and then a huge Whooosh! as a mist 15 high would spray out over the water. a bit hard to explain but really breathtaking. I caught one shot of the beginning of the spray, so just triple that and add some soothing sound effects and you'll get the idea. I also spotted a sea creature here...my guess would be seal
Next stop, underground house! this place was gnarly. This priest heard a story about two brothers who lost and gambling and couldn't pay so they built a cave to live in and then God told him to build a cave house in a dream so he spent 17 year chisling with a hammer untill he created the creepiest house ever! I think is was 500 sq meters the guide said...half the time you had to duck but there were all the necesarry rooms and air hole and a well 25m deep! (Sorry, I forgot about conversions...just think yards...football field) It was huge and strange. I loved it.
Then I got a massage for $10...really not as good as my $5 massages, but lesson learned and got to be thankful even for a sub-par massage. (Susannah you really are the best ever if youre reading this.) Then a super supper at a thai food restaurant where I wished i ordered what Ryan ordered which seems to happen a lot! WE felt we saw all the best of Nusa, so left the next morning almost missing our boat as we hiked almost a mile with our packs on in the sand....brutal. We sat atop the boat and it was a beautiful trip back.
Then the beast thing happened! we rented a car! in sanur we found a car for 11 days $100 and we can drop it off at the airport. There was a ceremony durning this week where everyone takes anything witha motor to be blessed so it doesn't break or hurt someone