Fun in the Sun and Laundry Night

Trip Start Apr 12, 2010
Trip End Jul 16, 2010

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Secret Garden Bungalows

Flag of Indonesia  , Bali,
Saturday, April 17, 2010

Last night we slept SOOO good. We had the big round bed, a fan, and a room that actually circulates the air. We got up around 5:30 so Travis could get some studying in (he is trying to study a couple hours a day for the CPA exam). Then we decided to go for a swim and do some snorkeling.

We went to Mushroom Bay where sadly the water was pretty dirty.  Once we got past the trash and the run-off from the rain we were able to see fish, a sea cucumber, and beautiful coral. We decided that this was not the ideal island for snorkeling as there is so much seaweed farming and the reef is pretty far out that you need to rent a boat to take you out there.

Then we came home had breakfast at a food stall where we got a ton of food for like $2. After a shower, we drove around the island again exploring what there was and found a beautiful vista point where you can see much of the island…got beautiful pictures. For lunch, we were craving some non-Indonesian food so we went to a warung (cheap food place) nearby and got some pasta and a club sandwich.

That night we decided to go to a market and buy some fruit and bread for dinner and some soap to wash our clothes. At the small market off the side of the main road, there was the cutest old lady ever. She was super helpful and nice. After talking for a few minutes, she asked where we were from and we said America (don't worry it’s safe to say that here). Then she said "Sorry" (at this point we were like uh uh she hates us), pause, “for not speak good English” (phew). Then she said that she has lived on this small island and she was 66 yrs old. She didn’t get a chance to go to school…but she knew pretty good English.

So we got home, ate, rested, and then started doing laundry. We put everything in the tub outside and poured the laundry soap in it. I have to say, I will NEVER complain about doing laundry at home ever again. Doing it by hand is not an easy task. You have to scrub each piece pretty hard to get all the smells out and then ring them out extensively so that they will dry within a couple days. So after about an hour of work and a blister, I had all the things hung on things around our bungalow. For the final pieces, Travis built a contraption between the shower handle and the drying rack (he means well).  Everything was hung and ready so I wanted to take a shower and go to bed. BUT, when I turned the shower handle the whole contraption plus the drying rack came down on the sand. After some tears and some help, I got everything re-rinsed and up again. Thanks for listening to my venting.

Finally, I was able to calm down and go to bed. Hopefully I can get a good night’s sleep.
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Alice on

Hi, I like to read your blog, a nice one! I wonder why don't you ask the hotel people to do your laundry? Or you can ask somebody around hotel (warung people, etc) to do it... wouldn't be expensive... I always do that whenever I am in Indonesia... I agree with you, they're nice people indeed!...

vieraadventures on

Yes, you are right...we figured out really fast that we should just have someone else do it, we were trying to be super budget and do it ourselves. I have to say after 2 more months, I have not done my own laundry again. Each time its been really cheap :)

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