Surf's Up, Jo's down
Trip Start Jan 17, 2010
40Trip End Jul 17, 2010
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Nyepi was a wonderful experience in Ubud - have a look at the photos if you get the chance - and we got nicely caught up in the carnival atmosphere. As I mentioned in the previous blog, the Ogoh Ogoh creatures are created from paper mache and are representations of evil spirits. They were then hoisted on Bamboo scaffolding and carried through the streets, accompanied by as much noise as possible to scare of the spirits for the remainder of the year. We had a great time. The following day (the silence day) was a little tedious by comparison, but we got into the spirit of things by doing absolutely nothing bar relaxing by the pool all day
When the excitement of Nyepi was finished and we were refreshed and relaxed after the silence day, we set out to hike the countryside surrounding Ubud. Again, what we saw of the Balinese countryside was breathtakingly beautiful. We have noticed an increase in the temperature here over the last few days though, and I was soaked to the skin with sweat after about five minutes of our hike. We then witnessed an entertaining evening of traditional Balinese dance.
This morning we left Ubud for Kuta, feeling perhaps that we'd spent a little to long there. It's supposed to be the spiritual and cultural heart of Bali. For spiritual read an abundance of hippies of all ages and enough tie-dye shops to match, and for cultural read any number of art galleries. Had it not been for the Nyepi festival I think we might have left sooner.
Anyway, we've just spent our last day in Bali on the beach in Kuta. We had intended to have a surf lesson here, but figured that there was only so much progress which could be made in the two hours on offer. So instead we hired bodyboards and waded out to join the throng of tanned bodies in the water. Kanan has found a new hobby i think as she flew past me on wave after wave (I put it down to her lightness, rather than any difference in skill of course!). We'd had a brilliant time, and had just entered the water for our third or fourth session when, as we were wondering where all the waves were a big beaut started building up in the distance
We’re planning a bit of a night out tonight in our last night in Bali before we fly back to KL tomorrow for a two week scoot around Malaysia and Singapore, starting with Melaka.
Love to everyone, Jo and Kaa X