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Bali Day 10

Today I woke up at 630am which was exciting that I got to sleep in, granted I went to bed at 1230am. Nonetheless, I was stoked. I was relaxing by the pool when my friend Phillip came rolling out and said that he and Michael were going to La Brisa, which is a beach club in town, around 1ish. He then invited me along for the ride, in which I said absolutely.

I had plenty of time dilly dally and realized I needed to shower and eat before we left. So I showered and went to the corner and ordered take away from this little waurung that was suggested by Phillip. The ladies were quite busy as they had several take away orders and plenty of taken seats. I sat there watching them after I ordered mine and patiently waited. It was fascinating watching these two ladies work. Everything they needed was right in front of them. They didn’t have all the fancy kitchen stuff that we have in the US and it works, efficiently for them. I loved it. They make one thing over and over until it runs out and it becomes something else. Today it was steamed rice and chicken, yumm. I paid 12k which is like, I don’t even think it’s a US dollar, and I was on my way.

Trekking back to Umah Bamboo

I got back to the bamboo villas and opened it up, I was hungry and didn’t really feel like paying beach prices for my food. It’s all wrapped in paper and stapled closed at the top. I open it up and I see the chicken and not the rice. I got a plate and noticed the chicken was scooped up on a leaf and under the leaf was the rice. I was so excited. I didn’t mix it together yet and took a huge bite of the shredded chicken and vegetables. WHOA…that shit was hot! I am unclear as to why I did not spit it out, knowing how my body reacts to spicy foods. I took one more small bite on the other side hoping it wasn’t spicy and it was. So bummed and nervous now (lol), I gave the chicken to Phillip who was on his laptop next to me. I finished the rice and had some fruit and went straight to the bathroom. Popped some immodium and packed my bag for La Brisa.

We left around 1pm and apparently told Michael we would be there way sooner than we were. When we pulled up security had me get off the motor bike so he could check in the seat and then told us to go park. When we got to the front gate to go in, they checked our bags and asked if we had reservations. We told them we were meeting some people and went on our way. Impressive place.

We found Michael on the beach with bean bags and little tables. The place was like nothing I had ever seen or been to before. It was incredible, probably much like spring break places. Michael immediately said something about timing. Phillip laughed and said, I’m like a girl relax, what else are you gonna do here. I laughed and Michael was smiling. Michael is from Poland, he says to me it’s a sign of disrespect if you are late in my country.

We all kick back and relax, drinking coconuts and Phillip a beer. The sand was so dark, it was black but in the sun it was like black glitter. It was beautiful. Natures glitter as someone once said…I loved that so much because after seeing this…I can absolutely agree. I kept digging my feet in and pulling them out covered in natures glitter and it was pretty. My pictures don’t do it justice but in person, so pretty.

Michael ends up leaving and Phillip is waiting for his lady friend to meet us there. I decide to go into the water, after all it was hot and so was the sand. I walked down to the water, it was so beautiful, the water, the sand, everything. I saw a bunch of seaglass I wanted to pick it up and give it to my sister but not trying to pack in a bunch of stuff, especially not knowing anything at this time. I found a piece of coral which I did pick up and that was it. I meandered out onto the sandbar and played in the waves while standing. I felt the current was really strong, so I didn’t want to actually swim. But the water was so nice. I went back up and sat down on my beanbag and Phillip went to go meet his lady friend down the beach and walk back here. I ordered another coconut and started marco polo’ing everyone.

Phillip and friend came back and they were going to check out another view for a bit. I stayed on the beach till the rain clouds rolled in. Packed up my stuff and went upstairs to the rest of the club and found them. We all found a nice little spot and claimed it. As I sat there looking around I couldn’t help but admire everyone’s beauty. Everyone here was beautiful. From babies to grandparents, beauty.

I jumped in the pool nearest me and scoped the scene. Just taking it all in. The water in the pool was actually chilly, but totally refreshing. I got out dried off and decided to leave these two little love birds and go something to eat before I got hangry.

I walked out and down the road aways and found a corner spot, I forgot the name but I think it was called Canggu Garden. It just started to rain and there was a bench like seat that looked really comfy and sat there. I ordered immediately the avocado toast, so good; and a fresh juice. It started down pouring now and the owner kept asking if I was getting wet because of the roof. I said nope it’s perfect. I finished my meal and was still quite hungry. I even waited 10 minutes, for the rain to stop. The owner said it’ll stop in an hour. So I decided to order another meal. Something about chicken. It came out and it was a sandwich, I had no idea, with French fries. I did not eat the ff but the sandwich was really good. I ate everything. And when I was done, the rain stopped.

I packed up my belongings and went on my way. I was going to walk to the grocery store and then hitch a ride home but I saw this cute guy on his bike and he offered me a ride for what sounded like 15k. So I said sure. As we rode to the store he asked me how old I was, I signed to him 4 0. He freaked out, turned around and was like what??? I started laughing so I asked him how old he was and his reply, I thought you were 23, I am 20. As we both were laughing we made it to the store. It was quite busy in there so it took me about 10 mins to get in and out. I bought some avocados and fruit. When I came out we looked at each other and laughed again. We made it back to my place and I went to give him 15k and he said no 50k. Big difference to misunderstand. I’m glad I had it on me. So I handed it over and said thank you, with a big smile and he took off.

When I got inside, the couple from Czech Republic were still up and having dinner. About 15 mins later Phillip and his lady friend came rolling in. Straight to the room they went. It had been quite the long day so I turned in as well.

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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.