Tours through Bali
Trip Start Jun 29, 2006
12Trip End Feb 05, 2006
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We have lost track of time, here in Bali. Can you believe we have been here for 35 days now?! Tomorrow we take off to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for the next leg of our trip.
Where did we leave off, Ubud. We spent a wonderful week there. After leaving Ubud we took transport to Sanur, a southern costal town with a big ex-pat Aussie population. We found a great pub, Lazer Bar, to watch soccer and rugby matches. They had darn good burgers and plenty of western treats that we haven't had for awhile. Their happy hour left us feeling very "happy" for a fraction of the price! The next morning we took a Perama boat to Nusa Lembongan.
While this island was not as pristine as the Gili islands we found some great beaches to relax on
We stayed our first night in the not so nice Pura Indah (the island was pretty full on arrival). The bathroom sink leaked and left a puddle of standing water, not to mention screen less windows and paper thin walls (like rattan material walls). The next morning to the disappointment of the old lady proprietor we moved to Bungalow No.7. This place was recommended by Evan and was much nicer on the second, third, and following nights of our stay. The first night we got stuck in their worst room in the noisiest section of the hotel. Simon had a hard time adjusting to the potent chemical ball smell, that nearly knocked him over upon entry. Mercifully, a room opened up the next morning that was in the much newer, quieter and better smelling location
We departed on the public boat. It was low tide so we had to walk out over the sharp reef to board. This was very different from our tourist boat and their private dingy. While there were a few travellers like us, there were mainly locals on board. En route to boarding Simon walked barefoot carrying all his luggage and ended up with a sharp piece of rock lodged in his foot. After much picking Sarah was able to dislodge it. He only bled a little. The ride was quite bumpy, even a local woman holding her toddler began to discreetfully vomit. We didn't use our seasickness medicine because it was only an hour ride. We almost lost our breakfast that morning.
We stayed in Sanur one more night to get our landlegs back and then we moved back to Kuta. This is the best place to shop. We shopped till we dropped! If you want surf t-shirts and shorts and jewelry and anything you can imagine, Kuta is the place to find it and for cheap. They give you a good morning price, afternoon price, and good luck price.
After a few days on the beach in Kuta we signed up for a full day tour throughout Bali with Perama, the nature and culture tour
Tanah Lot was amazing. It is a temple built on a volcanic base that sticks boldly out into the crashing ocean. This very dramatic temple is one of the most famous and photographed in Bali. Luckily, we got plenty of photos together (don't worry mom:)) After spending some time exploring this temple, more specifically the area around the temple since only bonified Hindus are permitted to climb the steps and worship inside, we travelled on to the central mountain area of Bali.
This was the "Nature" portion. There was beautiful scenery everywhere, and the climate was more comfortable
We arrived at Lake Bratu where we saw another famous temple perched over the lake. This was an important temple to the farmers who worship the goddess of water that ensured a good harvest. One part of the temple was interesting because it was surrounded by statues of giant toads. Our guide informed us that this was because during it's construction a priest found a very very large toad. since this was so unusual they dedicated the toad as the protector of the temple and released it upon opening. We then began our trek back, stopping at another garden temple (where women are not allowed to enter if they are menstruating) with great views
After about 5 days in Kuta we decided to move north a couple kilometers to Seminyak. We found a great little place to stay: Su's Cottages II. It is by far the most comfortable accommodations thus far. Luckily, finding this place came just in time because I fell ill with a mild stomach bug. Simon was able to rent a DVD player and buy some pirated dvds to pass the time. Yesterday, It was a mad dash to finish up our (Sarahs') shopping. However, Simon spoiled himself by ordering a hand tailored leather jacket. It is beautiful. Much Jealous of Simon's purchase Sarah had to have one to. Tomorrow before we fly out we will ship it all home. Tomorrow we leave for Kuala Lumpur. It's goodbye to Bali. We have become so comfortable here. We will update you all from Malaysia. We hope this posting finds you well. We miss everyone:)
-Sarah and Simon