Bali, Part I. / by Mialy DeFelice

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As I write this I am battling extreme, extreme jet lag. It's been a few days since we got back from Bali, and I have still not gotten back on schedule. This morning, I dragged myself out of bed, begrudgingly, at 11:30, and at nearly 3:00 in the afternoon, I still haven't eaten a thing. Last night I had to go out, and it was only 10:30 (!) before I had to call it a night. Jet lag sucks. I'm hoping I can get it together soon though. However, this post is about our recent trip to Bali!

Our first stop was Sanur Beach on the east side of the island. We decided to come here over the more popular beaches of Kuta, Nunsa Dua, and Seminyak because it was supposed to be quieter. Although our hotel was nice, the resort itself was quite large, so it was still quite a bit busy. Nonetheless, it is quite a beautiful area, and we totally took the opportunity to do absolutely nothing. It was here that we were also introduced to how spectacularly inexpensive room service is in Bali. Like for real. It is the same price as the hotel restaurants, so for homebodies like Eric and I were were in food heaven.  We actually had to force ourselves to go our for fear of never seeing the ocean. 

I tend to shy away from the sunshine. 

I tend to shy away from the sunshine. 

Some quick things about Bali that we were introduced to right off the bat.

1. They drive on the opposite side of the road.

2. There are a lot of scooters. 

3. Road lanes mean almost nothing.

4. Dogs run wild and will come right up to you (if I had gotten my Rabies vaccine I would have been  LOT more chill about this).

5. The food is insanely cheap but the drinks are really expensive (w.r.t. the cost of the food). 

It was also here in Sanur that Eric lost his wedding ring... oops! It was kind of funny really, and we were lucky enough to be able to get him a new one on our way to Ubud in one of the little jewelers villages.

There is not much for me to say about Sanur specifically since we didn't leave the resort once. On our way to Ubud, though, we saw a lot of fun things with our guide Komang. On our first stop we got to see how Batik and Ikat fabric is made. It was extremely fascinating and astonishing the level of work and care that goes into these pieces. We got two pieces of Ikat and a little piece of Batik. You know how you see that something is handmade, and you think... okay sure, but there is probably a machine in there somewhere... but nope, they really make this fabric by hand and its so beautiful.

There were ceremonies all the time in Bali. This one they were walking all the way to the ocean.

There were ceremonies all the time in Bali. This one they were walking all the way to the ocean.

The temple on the ocean was beautiful. We were there at high tide so the waves were pretty intense. Also thats the Indian Ocean there in the back!

I was honestly blown away by the rice paddies and the planting process. They actually hand plant and tend to all the rice. The rice terrace valleys were unreal.

These rice paddies were breathtaking and stretched for miles :)

These rice paddies were breathtaking and stretched for miles :)

Since we were at the temple on the lake during dry season, it did not so much appear on the lake as along side it. There is also a volcano in the background by the clouds cover it up :)

A wonderful pink swan paddle boat :)

A wonderful pink swan paddle boat :)

Anyway, thats it for Part I of our trip. I will post Part II (Ubud), and Part III (Bloo Lagoon) later this week. Have a great day!