Bali Hai Life!
Trip Start Sep 14, 2009
78Trip End Aug 16, 2010
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We had found a small Balinese villa on the web and booked a week's stay at Villa Yeh Behu, just outside Ubud starting on the 17th March.
Liz had spent a couple of weeks on Bali twenty years ago with Sal, her sister and we hired a car to tour around, retracing some of her steps. As you can imagine, it is not the same Bali now as it was twenty years ago. Firstly there is tarmac and not mud on the roads, then the increased amount of hotels and housing has meant that things are practically unrecognisable now
The villa was lovely being furnished with beautiful Balinese artefacts and in the garden there was a small house with a bedroom, kitchenette and outdoor bathroom that Ady and Issy commandeered. There were also modern luxuries such as an infinity swimming pool and plasma TVs and DVD players in all the rooms. With a house selection of over 2000 DVDs we had our dreams come true of lazing by the pool and watching films together in the evening
Ubud itself is now a large town that still retains its artistic and craft roots but is now interlaced with 5 star resorts and spas. That being said it is lovely, with cafes and restaurants everywhere offering cafe lattes and salads in abundance – a real treat for us after Asian coffee and noodles.
We spent the week lounging by the pool venturing out for supplies and basics. One evening we did go to a traditional dance show that was held in the grounds of a local temple. It portrayed the story of Hindu gods and the dance focused on the fight of good versus evil. The music was made by the men chanting and it created a very mystical atmosphere. The culmination of the evening was the "Fire Dance”. One of the men had worked himself into a trance and then proceeded to dance through burning charcoal on the back of a wooden toy type cock-horse. Ady went up afterwards to take in an inspection of the man’s feet that were caked in burning black charcoal. We said the “Don’t try this at home” message to the kids!
After a fabulous week in Villa Yeh Behu, we travelled up to Amed on the north east coast.
For the last two days we went back to so called civilisation around the busy resort of Kuta. We stayed a bit further north in Legian which is a little nicer as Kuta itself is a bit like Benidorm for the British. That’s to say full of Australians on their beer, beach and sun holiday, not a pretty sight!
There is a lovely long beach with good surf and so Ady and I decided to try our hand at surfing
Bali will get more attention in the coming months as Julia Roberts was out there making the Bali part of the film from the book Eat, Pray, Love which will be out later this year. We also came across “Jules” when we were in India, maybe she is following us?
Bali provided us with a very relaxing couple of weeks at exactly the right time and also marked the end of our six month Asian Adventure.
We will leave Asia with some unforgettable experiences and memories that have been every bit as exciting and different as we had hoped. We have also still got other countries such as Laos and Myanmar to go back to at sometime and discover in the future.