A day as a tourist

Trip Start Jan 09, 2013
Trip End Jan 22, 2013

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

This week, my very good friend Fon from Phuket is visiting me in Bali with her boyfriend :-)))
They went diving with me the last 2 days, and I got to show them mantas! They had never seen one before, and we saw 6. It was awesome sharing an experience of swimming with those magnificent animals ;)
It has also been a good distraction to have them around, from the terrible news of Japanese divers who went missing off of Bali. It's been particularly shocking and sad for me because we go diving at the same dive site and I've been there many times myself. It just really hit close to home and I've been devastated with the news that one woman was found dead last night.
So it's been nice, to be with friends and take my mind off of the news.

Today I was given a day off so I joined Fon and her BF on their tour of Ubud. I went to Ubud 4.5 years ago on my first trip to Bali and it was one of the reasons I fell in love with Bali.
I've been living in Bali for over 2 months but I haven't taken the time to explore/enjoy the island since I started working. So I became a tourist for my day off, grabbed my camera and headed out for a day of adventure :)))

We hired a driver who took us into the mountains and stopped at some Hindu temples, street-side fruit stands, art stores, coffee plantation and rice terraces. I also tried poop coffee for the first time! They feed mongoose (raccoon looking animal) with coffee bean fruit, and process the pooped beans for a better milder coffee. It's ridiculously expensive, because so much more time and labor go into making this unique type of coffee. It was an interesting experience to say the least. Not sure if the price justifies the taste though...

The pictures never really do justice to the stunning scenery in reality but I hope you can get a glimpse of why I love Bali so much <3
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Oli on

Babe, even though I wish you were here, I also wish you would stay there for a long time so I can eventually come to visit you ;p. I'm sorry about the bad news, but you know how life is, and sh..t often happens. You be careful now. Lots of love :***

tak on

def not sold on the poop coffee. catfish pic is sick! hey hit us up already!

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