Trip Start May 06, 2010
18Trip End Dec 14, 2010
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The first lesson started well and we both got the hang of laying in the board and steering it in the right direction. This however quickly got a lot harder when they wanted us to try and stand on the board. The waves just seemed to get bigger and bigger, and I just couldn't seem to get past being on my knees. With the help of the instructor I did manage to stand for a few seconds, and Ben even managed to do one unassisted. We both came out with war wounds, Ben a bang to the head and a lump on the leg and me with a grazed ankle and really bad chaffing. However we are determined to get better so vowed to try again after are few days in Ubud.
Ubud is referred to as the real Bali, but in practise it is still a massive tourist town and is nothing like a normal Balinese town. It is however a chance to see some more traditional aspects of the island while being surrounded by lush green rice paddies. The place was really busy and we even struggled to find somewhere to stay but ended up in a very nice place with a pool and everything. When walking around Ubud, you have to be careful as the path is so uneven that if you are not looking where your going you could easily fall, at the same time there is so much that catches your eye, from temples to shops, hotels and spas that it's a shame not to take it all in. I managed to fit in a few hours of pampering with a massage, facial and hair spa all for £21 and was left feeling relax as was Ben with a few hours man time. Some of the buildings were so beautiful and carefully carved out of stone, whether it was a temple or a hotel, so much effort went in to it all. Before we left we walked out of town to an organic farm for lunch set in the middle of the rice paddies, it was just the most peaceful location and a great way to spend the last few hours in Ubud.
The next things got a lot less relaxing and became very tiring and hard work, we climbed and active volcano. We were whisked away from our hotel and taken to the small village of Toya Bungkah which is at the base of Mount Batur. After we had put our bags in to our very basic room, we were taken to meet the boss and had the chance to walk around the very small village. It was all very basic but due to the hot springs they have, there is one big hotel but from the looks of it the guests don't really leave. We opted for the sunrise walk which meant we started walking at 3.30am, with the aim to reach the top for sunrise at about 6.20am. So after getting up at 3.15am we set off with our guide, Ryan, torches to hand as it was pitch black. The fog was really low and it even started to rain a little on the walk up but we just hoped that it would clear when we got to the top. The path was very uneven with volcanic rock and sand that made the climb quite challenging but we were able to stop regularly to catch our breath. When it started to get steep Ryan had me by the hand to help me and make the climb easier. When we were about 3/4 the fog cleared and we could make out the village below us, however as quickly as it cleared it came back over again. On reaching the top of the crater there was very little to see but we still felt very proud that we had made it. There was so much cloud even the crater was filled with it so all of the photos are of a cloud filled sky. Wryan went to cook breakfast on the hot steam rocks of the volcano and even let us have a little look. All of the surrounding rocks were warm, I know because I fell on my bum, and the eggs and bananas were nestled away in one of the cracks. Back up top at the little camp that was set up everyone was standing around talking and taking in the surroundings waiting for breakfast of banana sandwiches and eggs. Once breakfast has been devowered, it was time to head down the way we came up. Luckily the clouds parted for a few minutes so we got to have a lovely few of the village and lake but apart from that it was all cloud, rocks and trees.
Back in a new hotel in Legion it was a final few days to relax on the beach. We considered another surf lesson but with having climbed a volcano and being battered and bruised by the first decided to stick to chilling on the sun loungers.
Lots of love x x x
Climbed and descended an active volcano before 9am! Shame about the cloud, bit annoying really.