Today I was leaving the bamboo villas. I was happy to do so, yet sad to leave my new friends. A bittersweet event. I was excited to go to a comfortable hotel where I can sit and relax comfortably, go to the bathroom with no one around (hahaha) and sprawl out. I was headed back to Ubud. I booked it the night before and was hesitant on the area, but I wanted to be comfortable with Silent Day.
“Silent Day, known as Nyepi, is a Balinese “Day of Silence” that is commemorated every Isakawarsa according to the Balinese calendar. It is a Hindu celebration mainly celebrated in Bali, Indonesia. Nyepi, a public holiday in Indonesia, is a day of silence, fasting and meditation for the Balinese.” ~Wikipedia
They turn off the internet throughout the country, no one is allowed to leave their homes and no cooking, no lights. Its actually quite fascinating. Hotels and resorts are able to keep their electricity and people are allowed to use the pool and we also have AC. No tv and no internet. Which was fine by me.
I pack up my belongings and get ready to leave. Arik had reserved a spot somewhere that I cannot remember and he booked it for 5 days. He was supposed to stay at the villas for several days but we both agreed on comfortability. So he was leaving as well. We hiked back up to the main road and both got gojeks. His arrived first and off he went. I waited till I got up there to order mine.
When I looked at the price it said 104k. So I ordered. The day before it was 115k. I would have called Rai but just to transfer locations it made sense to just get a gojek. So I ordered. The person who accepted, texted me and asked to make the price go higher. I told him 115k, in which he replied 200k. My first thought was no, but then I said whatever just get out of here. So I agreed. I then realized he was not moving so I cancelled and rebooked. This time I got this nice old man who just came to pick me up and we were off. He didn’t speak much English and I haven’t learned much Balinese so we just drove, I did ask him if it was ok to sit in front seat; he obliged. I just like to see everything and take it all in.
The drive was beautiful, every road looks like we are on back roads. Then we come to major intersections and everyone is just everywhere and trying to go somewhere. They are pros, that is why I am a passenger at this time and I will leave it at that.
We made it to Ubud and I was starving. We pulled up to the hotel on this tiny road and I think I ended up giving him117k, I was going to give him 150k but I couldn’t find it in my wallet and 117 is a great number.
I was welcomed with a fresh lemonade and a lime. Checking in was a breeze. I remembered that they had a restaurant and was so happy to eat something after I dropped everything off. Sylvia walked to my room and I marveled in the space. So open and fresh, spacious and quiet. The bathroom is bigger than Madonna’s first apt in NYC. A/C a big bed I had a kitchen and the pool right outside my door. I even have a little couch with a soft cushion to sit on. I love it.
I threw everything in the room and went to check out the food. I order spring rolls and a salad as it just turned noon. They were both fabulous, I read on the reviews to try the pineapple pancake. So maybe I will do that. I met a lady who was checking out but having a bite before she left. Nice lady, she enjoyed her stay and was heading to a friends house; they were going to go swimming with the dolphins.
I go back to my room and change right into my bathing suit and join these 2 ladies in the pool. The ladies are from London. They came here on holiday and heading back to London on the 26th. One works for emergency child services and the other is an artist, much like me. We create.
I went back to my room and requested refunds for my flights from Air Asia and my also my Cambodian Visa. That took some time and realized, everything is going to be closed for the next 2 days, I’d better get to the grocery store. The hotel offers a free ride into town but you need to find your way back. So I asked for a ride and we only went as far as the main road. I said no the grocery store, he said this is as far as he can go. I said ok and got off and began to walk. Basically going to the grocery store that was down the street from the Gio Vanda House, where I stayed last time I was here. From where I was, that was far. Google maps said a 30 minute walk, but I beg to differ only because it was hot and there were hills.
I finally made it there and wow the streets were quiet, compared to the last time I was here. I thought to myself now I could ride a motorbike, way less people. I walk in to the store and it was busy. I went in for bug spray, fruit, and noodles. I ended up also getting bread, a pastry, honey and ginger. I paid just under 8 bux for everything and I got quite a bit. It filled up my backpack. You can’t walk out of a US grocery store without paying 7 bux just for honey, ok maybe honey and a 1/3 watermelon.
I begin my trek back, I decided instead of getting a ride I would walk all the way back and see everything. As I made my way I thought, why not some wine. So I stopped and bought a bottle of Bali made rose. I got off the main road and this is the road that seemed challenging. I walked about 7 mins or so and came across fruit stand. I stopped and realized I wanted dragon fruit. So I bought 3 and somehow fit it into my bag. Off I went again. I found my road and marched my happy ass back to the hotel.
I was so hot from the walk. I made sure to go before the sun would go down so that I can walk safely back. I had given my laundry to the ladies so all I had were my workout leggings that were black and thick. I got back and changed back into my bathing suit and right back in the water.
The pool was actually quite cold but it was so hot out that it was refreshing and you were fine after being in it for a few minutes. The pool at the bamboo villas was like taking a bath. It was so hot. The only reason you get in is so that when you get out you are nice and cool.
I worked myself up such an appetite that I went back to the restaurant to have dinner. I know you are probably thinking, you just went to the grocery store. But here’s the thing, I didn’t want to use the kitchen to cook anything at night. 1 reason is the bugs; 2 well I was looking for anything to wash the dishes with and there was nothing; 3 there could potentially be an ant situation which is not cool. So I went and had dinner and ordered the chicken satay and the spring rolls again. Yummm.
I had jumped back in the pool and started questioning everything. With everything going on, it’s been a battle of mind and heart. So, I wrote a facebook post…not really for everyone else but for me. I needed to write it out. I also realized it was a new moon so I sat and wrote out things that I am manifesting into my life. And I sat with it for some time.
After my brain being fried over what I feel in my soul and what society is telling me to do I was tired. I had a glass of wine and went to bed.