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Bali Day 9

I woke up and rolled out of bed. I was planning on hanging out till noon at the hotel before check out but I ended up getting a bug, as in lets go. I emailed my new place of stay in Canggu and asked if I can check in sooner. They said absolutely.

I realized my back was out of alignment and was hurting, you know the one, lower back stiff can’t bend. Yep that one. I said to self nope, we are not babying you we are going to stretch and keep moving. The reason it was hurting is a couple of different reasons. 1. due to eating leftovers, causing an undesirable outcome. 2. from the spiritual aspect of no security. I am in a beautiful place and moving one day at a time and living in the complete unknown. So my body is reacting. My body loves to be stable, however we are in times where stability is only in your faith.

I jump in the pool to help my body stretch out, got out and went for my last breakfast there. It was a breakfast buffet of deliciousness. Of course it doesn’t come near the Wavi Treehouse but I can not compare that place with anything.

I get back to the room and hang out for a while, making sure everything is packed, I talk to my dad for some time and decide it’s time. I contact Gojek and make my way out.

The drive to Canggu was a lot shorter than I anticipated and the driver said because no one is here. I disagreed as I saw many motor bikes on the streets. We laughed. We found the address and my driver was unable to make it down the tiny road. So we grabbed my belongings and walked the rest of the way.

The Umah Bamboo Canggu is tucked away on this little property with 9 little huts. Equipped with a bed on the bamboo floor, 1 cabinet, and the bathroom. Everything is so low to the ground here and with my back feeling the way it does…geez. Cute villa, smells like bamboo because the entire place is made from bamboo.

I put all my stuff away and saw 2 guys at the kitchen and 2 girls at the pool. The girls spoke another language and the guys both spoke English. Grateful I was able to communicate with someone. lol. We introduced one another and talked about our current situation. Everyone who is a foreigner is in the same boat. It feels so good that there is quite a lot of us.

I got here around 930am. by the time I finished laundry and jumped in the pool it was 11. I remember looking at my phone and being like holy cow its so early still. So i needed a game plan. I need to get out and explore. But I need a shower first. By the time I came out and was getting ready to go, everyone was gone except a couple from the Czech Republic. They were so nice and helped me figure out how to get a gojek here, because the address is quirky on the the app.

I finally get one to find me with the help from my new friends and I was off to the beach, Batu Bolong. The trip was 8rph, not bad for what would have been a 45 min walk amd getting lost, lol. I left probably around 1pm.

I walk straight to the beach. There is several beach bars and hundreds of surfers. I just sat down on the sand and watched for sometime. As I sat there I started to get hungry so I got up and brushed myself off and made my way down the street reading everyone’s menu. I remembered to contact dude from Ubud, who said he would be in Canggu. Dude’s name is Jason. So I hit him up and we decided to meet for sunset on the beach, happy hour at 530ish.

I walked around till then looking for some grub. I found this little spot called Nonii’s. I sat there and enjoyed my food with my coconut. Totally need to stay hydrated around here, you sweat everything out. I can’t even imagine July and August, peak season. If I had to take a guess I would say it’s probably like Texas.

It was about 515pm by the time I was done which was perfect timing. Headed back to the beach and waited for my friend on the beach. He arrived and we went to the Wave, bar\restaurant and had a magnificent view of the surfers and sunset. His friend V came to meet us. She is from Australia originally but has traveled and worked in many other countries since. Now residing in Bali she teaches singing lessons via online.

We hung out there for a couple of cocktails and made our way to the Old Man. Another bar that gets wild after 11pm. Mind you it’s friday here. I was ready to go home and knock out as I haven’t been out this late in so long and have been out literally all day. They looked at me and said, I know you are tired but I think you should come out. Being that I’m in for new experiences, I said yes. I have no reason whatsoever to go home besides go to sleep. I can sleep tomorrow!

Cold Coconut Water

We hopped on the motor bikes and went to the Faraway bar, not sure where it is but I was there. Live music and lots of fun people. I just had water and coconuts. The coconuts were cold which I was stoked about. I have not, since I’ve been here had a cold coconut! So refreshing. This English guy comes up to me and asks me why American women wear sunglasses at night on their head. I laughed and replied back stating that I have been out all day, since 1 this afternoon. And by that time it was 1030pm.

Jason gave me a ride back to the villas around 1130pm. So grateful as I was so tired.

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Bali Day 2

Staying in Ubud (pronouced oo-bood) has been a beautiful experience. Waking up before the roosters around 5:30 was quite early, as I am still trying to catch up on rest. I went to bed at midnight just being overwhelmed with gratitude and trying to settle in.

When I woke up I went outside to see what it was like, temperature wise. It was humid as it had rained overnight. I went back inside and decided to shower and go for a walk. My mom bought me this citronella body wash and I swear by it. I haven’t had any bug bites since I’ve been here (Thanks Mom). I knew that I wouldn’t catch sunrise because I was slow at moving this morning but I was ok with that. I still wanted to go see a temple in town, called the Water Palace. I wore a long skirt, short sleeve nice shirt and flip flops; Grabbed my backpack and off I was.

Ubud, 630am

The streets of Ubud were silent as I made my way down the street. Women placing their offerings in front of stores or their temples, dogs meandering the streets, shop owners sweeping the store fronts. It was nice, no hustle and bustle yet. I made a few wrong turns, which I was ok with; sooner or later I would get back to where I was staying. I came upon the local farmers market, or just market. It was like what you see in movies (well everything here is like something from the movies, for me), the rain left the streets muddy and trucks and scooters, men and women running around buying selling trading. It was rather large, walking through a maze throughout a building. Some areas I didn’t feel I wanted to go because it looked creepy and dark and musty; so I stayed away. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, meats, flowers; the flowers smelled amazing. I found some watermelon and bought some, being my favorite fruit, for 3k rupiah (.21 USD). I wanted more veggies but I didn’t have a place for them and it was quite overwhelming. So I ate that and meandered.

I found the temple grounds but I am unable to find the entrance. So I walked down the street and found another one that I was able to walk right to. I walk in behind the store fronts and there it is…wow! Breathtaking. It just seemed so organic and unscathed by the world around it. Definitely a place of heaven on earth. I stood there in awe admiring it’s ancient beauty. You are unable to go into any temple without the proper attire. But you can go to the front of the outside of it…if that makes any sense.

I found the river next to this temple and followed it to the stair case that led me down to the river. The water is brown because well I don’t actually know but my guess its muddy and city. Either way, I wanted to walk down there, it looked like a jungle. It was so pretty with nature just pouring into it. I walked down the path for a few minutes when I saw a man doing his laundry in the water. So I turned around as I didn’t want to alarm him and headed back to the house.

Everything was still closed as far as shops and restaurants so it was nice to just window shop and see what everyone was selling without anyone trying to get you to come in. Not that I mind that, but I was really enjoying the stillness of the morning.

I made it back to the main street that the house was on and it looked like a building was on fire. I didn’t see anyone running to it or hear any sirens or anything which I thought was weird. Everyone seemed to think it was normal. It smelled horrible, I walked so fast to try to get away from it. It was coming from some sort of vent in the pavement into the street, I don’t recall if they were sewer drainage’s or something else, but it looked like something else. I make it back to the house and walked inside. Same thing was happening inside the courtyard…I saw Ketut and he tells me that they are fumigating for mosquitos. They do it every so often. I thought that was brilliant, however- doesn’t mean that they aren’t there, just not as many as there would be.

I made it back in time for breakfast. By that time I had sweat so bad that I was literally drenched. I sat down for an amazing breakfast which consisted of a banana pancake (organic)with coconut shaving on top and fruits. I ate everything, it was delicious and I’m not a banana eater.

I decided to jump in the pool to cool off. I meet two great people, Luca from Italy and Alice from Germany. We all hung out and learned about each other. Then went our separate ways. I wanted to take a nap but I had to make arrangements for my travels before I am off to Cambodia. So I figure that out and call my family and by the time that was all done. I was hungry again. So I made my way to the main area and found a place for some more delicious food.

Silver and Gold

I found a place and sat down. Ordered a chicken avocado salad with fruit, a watermelon water and a baby coconut. I wanted to hydrate as I had sweat out everything earlier in the day. Everything was amazing. As I sat there eating I was pondering what to do next. I had all these things to do back at the house but it was still so early and I had all the time in the world. When I left the restaurant I started the walk home and remembered to go look rings. I saw a shop that I wanted to go to so I went. I was looking for a couple of rings for a couple of fingers. What I found was, me walking out of there with four rings made in Bali by the owners of the store. I left there beaming as they were rings that I absolutely loved.

Walking out of there, now in the mood to shop; even though I need nothing, I went in and tried some clothes on in different places. I didn’t buy anything, I wanted to but I didn’t “love” anything as much as my rings. I’ve learned my lesson over the years to only purchase what you absolutely “love” and so I have been doing just that. I walk out of the last store and I see across the street the Monkey Forest. I laugh, roll my eyes and say, I’m here- lets do this.

Ubud

For the record, I am not up to par with my photo taking for others Instagram pages. This guy comes up to me and asks me to take a picture of him and his friends, 2 couples. I say sure and proceed to take a couple of pictures. The girls look at them and gave me a fake half smile- more like disgusted look on their faces. I laughed and walked on. Oh these little kids and their aspiring Instagram photos.

Walking through the forest, I was focused more on the architecture than the monkeys. Monkeys are cool until they are not. Gratefully I didn’t have any issues with them but I’ve heard all the stories. It was beautiful to walk through and I am glad I decided to go.

I get back to the house and proceed to get everything done and ready for tomorrow as I was leaving for the treehouse in the morning. That took some time. Trying to pack everything back up, I’m definitely learning what to bring and not to bring. By the time I finish all of that, I’m hungry again! hahaha. The food portions are small and so I eat more often.

I decided to actually do my hair and go find some yummies, after all it is friday the 13th. I found a little spot right on the street and sat down. I ordered chicken curry with white rice and potato somas. Both delicious. While waiting for my food, dude rolls up and sits next to me at the bar. We start chatting it up and he shares his story and I share mine. He gave me plenty of advice about where to go what to do where to stay etc, I asked him a bunch of questions and he gave me a bunch of answers; grateful. We exchanged numbers and went our separate ways.

Yes I brought my own pillowcase. And yes it is batman…

I got home and everything was finished so I crawled into bed and called it a night around 9pm. I was so grateful to crawl into bed. when I jumped in, I look down and saw that under the sheet was the american flag. I found that to be quite funny and on that note, out I went.