The End is Nigh
Trip Start Jun 04, 2009
79Trip End Sep 06, 2010
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Much of the rest of our time in Ubud was spent shopping for souvenirs under the guise of buying other people presents. This way I could convince Steve to visit lots of shops and market stalls and purchase lots of lovely things that I wouldn’t have been able to get away with otherwise. In particular I’m very pleased with a rather unique dress I bought from a boutique dress shop that cost more than our three nights accommodation but will serve as my big treat of the holiday (now I just need to find an occasion to wear a techni-coloured-dream-dress!). On our final night in Ubud we bought tickets to see a traditional Balinese Kecak dance which was really entertaining with an orchestra of 100 men chanting to accompany the trance like dancers telling an ancient story. It was very well done and even Steve, who is not easily impressed by dance acts, had to admit he enjoyed it particularly when the guy at the end kicked coconut husks that had been set on fire in the direction of the audience and they got a bit too close for comfort.
Our next stop was to visit a tiny town called Tulamben on the east coast of Bali but there is absolutely nothing to do in the town itself, in fact other than four hotels and a couple of restaurants it’s a bit of a wasteland
To round off the trip I left Steve to keep him entertained and went to have a luxury spa package of 1 hour massage, facial, manicure and pedicure all for the bargain price of £8. With all of that to help hopefully I won’t look too haggard on return to the UK, I wouldn’t want to cause alarm. On our final shopping trip I managed to sneak in another three necklaces to go with the pile that made up half my luggage allowance and Steve stocked up on Zap ice creams
Given our mind set at the end of a long trip I don’t think we have explored Bali as well as we perhaps should have done but I’m still leaving thinking it’s a brilliant place. It’s really like a mini version of all of South East Asia with a little bit of everything we loved all crammed into one. We’ve eaten Nasi Goreng at every cheap eatery in Kuta and it’s going to be hard to wean ourselves off of it in the days to come but the promise of real bacon and real cheese again might just do it. We’re off to the airport in a few hours to transfer to Kuala Lumpur where we get to spend another memorable night sleeping on the floor before finally catching our connection to London in the morning. I really can’t wait to get home now and catch up on everything we have missed; you’ve heard all my stories now so get ready to start telling me yours.
Lot’s of Love,
Amy and Shipwreck Steve
P.s You didn’t think that was the end did you? I’m sure I can waffle on for one more entry…