Bali - Island of the Gods, and me too!

Trip Start Feb 20, 2008
Trip End Jul 04, 2008

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Where I stayed
The Laghawa Beach Inn

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Day by day:
April 1st, Tuesday - around Sanur, meeting the people

April 2nd, Wednesday - Our little posse took a day trip to Bangli (saw a large Hindu temple) then on to Lake Batur for lunch. After lunch we went to Celuk, the gold and silver village. Later I found out I was a poor bargainer. I didn't have my facts (like the price of silver) so I was doomed to failure. I found out I did indeed pay too much. Oh, well, lesson learned and gifts bought.

April 3rd, Thursday - I had a relaxing day by the pool and nice lunch at the beach (did it make me sick?)

April 4th, Friday - I was in bed all day with the famed 'Bali Belly.' It was terrible because tonight was Joe and Joan's party. I met a lot of very interesting characters, local Balinese, ex-pats (Germans, Dutch, Australians and a Dane. Danes are very proud, don't confuse with other Scandinavians. I had to call on all of my inner Southern charm reserves to keep shaking hands and chatting all the while I was clenching by butt cheeks together so tight I think I gave myself a headache. Needless to say, even my vast social training could only take me so far; I didn't make it to the birthday cake. I left through the back right after dinner.

April 5th, Saturday - I got up and was feeling okay. We got into the car for our overnight trip to the North Shore of Bali. Our drive took us up through the volcanic mountains in the center of the island as well as passing by a pair of beautiful mountain lakes. We stayed in Lovina at the Sunari Villas and Spa Resort. This place is beautiful. It is the largest hotel on the north shore. You know it is good when the head of police, the General in charge of 'terrorism' (I think he's a good guy) and the head of Indonesian Intelligence are all staying there for some sort of police conference.

Padma, the general manager, is a friend of Joe and Joan. He hosted us for dinner out by the pool. This was one of the best conversations I've had. He is Indian, went to Tulane undergrad and then on to Cornell grad. He as managed properties all over the world. Okay, that is interesting to me but more so was our conversation on Hinduism. Where so many of the Balinese simply answer 'it is tradition' or 'I don't know' Padma had great answers to my questions. I feel I know Hinduism so much better. His explanations actually made me want to read more on my own. Don't worry mom, I'm not 'going Hindu' just learning. ;)

April 6th, Sunday - I woke up at 5:30 aka O-dark hundred to go and see the dolphins. The sky was dark and moody and the Java Sea was inky black and almost mirror calm. Eduardo, Joan and I boarded a wooden canoe to go and see the dolphins. This thing looked like a praying mantis bug but was amazingly steady. We saw the dolphins and chased them on the boat but ultimately I did not like this experience as much as seeing the dolphins in New Zealand. On the way back to Sanur we took another route again through the mountains. We went to see the largest Buddhist monastery in Bali. My camera batter was dying so I didn't get that many pictures here. The one of me in the skirt is in front of the 'big' temple. It is a copy of the Bohurdor Temple on Java.

We stopped in Sukawati, the all-purpose market town to do some shopping. By this time I'd learned from Joe, Eduardo and Joan what things should cost. (Side note: Joan has a small import/export business). While it was late on Sunday afternoon, I worked that flea market for all it's worth and had a grand time and honestly, I think the sales girls did too. I finally got the 'theatre' of the bargain. My friends were amazed that I could push so hard but were impressed. Now if I could just get back to that silver village.....

April 7th, Monday - shopping with Joan and lunch at Poppie's in Kuta.

April 8th, Tuesday - Eduardo asked if I'd like to go snorkeling, visit to Turtle Island and play on jet skis. I said of course and we were off for the better part of the day! We went down to Nusa Dua. This is a very crowded resort area of Bali. The snorkeling was just okay. After the Great Barrier Reef I am afraid I may be spoiled. The trip to Turtle Island, should be renamed 'escape from Turtle Island.' They had the turtles, some birds, snakes and other zoo like animals in cages. I felt quite bad for them all and wished they could get out of there. The jet skis were quite fun, just bopping around in a small harbor and then up and down the coast looking at the hotels and the famous glass church.

Aril 9th, Wednesday - today is a day of rest..
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cam72 on

Love that Dress
Hey Jim

You are looking very comfy in that sarong. hehe


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