Day 1: temples, monkey forest, Balinese dance&more

Trip Start Jan 22, 2010
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Trip End Mar 22, 2010


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Melasti Beach Resort Spa

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Friday, January 29, 2010

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Bali… The dream island. We landed at the Denpasar airport in the night time, after 1-hour flight from Yogyakarta. Our "taxi" driver, that actually was a driver with a rented car, was there to fetch us up. He took us from the Denpasar airport to our hotel in Kuta and wished us a good night. We were supposed to see him the following morning. After checking in, getting to our room and getting showers, we crushed in our beds. It had been a looong day, full of impressions. And we were going to experience even more on the upcoming day!

After having eaten breakafast at the hotels` restaurant, we met with our driver and guide. Kikie has a high school friend that married a Balinese guy, and through her she managed to get our trip organized. For the package that included 3 nights at a hotel with breakfast, trasportation by van all around the island, the driver and the guide, and also programme set for every hour of every day, we paid 250$ each. The price didn`t include flights Yogya-Bali-Yogya (100$ return ticket per person) which Kikie had booked for us about a week prior to our departure.

So, we first went to Taman Ayun – a Hindu architectural site. If I remember well, it was a sort of a temple. The whole island is embraced with Hindu religion, thus Hindu temples, flowe altars in front of the houses, and the philosophy. For instance, you barely ever see robbers here – stealing would bring the robber a bad karma, the bad luck would turn against him.

Afterwards we drove to a beautiful lake, which was hidden in between mountains. There I was “attacked” by a group of Indonesian children – I had to take a photo with every each of them :o) Then we pulled over for lunch, which we had in a buffet sort of a restaurant. The food was delicious and the view at the rain forest – breathtaking. In the “lou” aka restroom there I met a group of Polish women. For some reason I`d expect the Polish anywhere, but there in Bali!

The next stop in our programme was the monkey forest. And yes, the monkeys were literally… everywhere. We were allowed to feed them, but I found observing their behaviour even more fun. In a way they were so… human. They`d feed their children, cuddle each other, play and tease each other and they`d even… scratch their crotch :D

On our way back from the monkey forest, we had to pass through a passage of souvenir shops. I probably must know every aspect of good sales tricks, and usually manage to avoid shopping, which is my idea of hell. But this time I got convinced. A nice girl managed to get me buy a beach dress in a chocolate brown colour. Actually, it was supposed to be the only “souvenir” from Bali. The shop owner did an interesting thing – with the money I had paid, she touched other things on sale in that shop. It looked almost as if she “sprinkled” the items with the money like a priest sprinkles the holy water in church. I was told I was her first customer in 3 days and my money was supposed to bring the good karma – a guaranteed blessing for an income from other items in the shop.

Late afternoon we had spent relaxing by the sea side, with view at a sunset and Tanah Lot – which is a tiny little island with a Hindu temple on it. We also got to see a traditional Balinese dance show. By some miracle (!?#?$?!) I got noticed in the crowd by a dancer and she took me to the circle to dance with her… My heart stopped. And then I was like: ah, whatever! It was actually pretty fun and I got a big applauze for my awkward dancing skills (trust me I really AM awkward when dancing!). I also got a cute set of souvenirs from Bali.

We got back to our hotel tired yet happy. We had our dinner at a Japanese restaurant located just vis a vis to our hotel. After having filled up our stomachs with sushi and a short walk, our day was about to finish…

Ps. In case somebody is interested, we flew to from Yogyakarta to Bali with Lion Air www.lionair.co.id, but you  could also get there from e.g. Jakarta with Air Asia www.airasia.com


POLSKI:


Bali... wymarzona wyspa. Wyladowalysmy na lotnisku w Denpasar poznym wieczorem, po godzinnym locie z Yogyakarty. Przyjechal po nas nasz "taksowkarz" - pan z wynajetym samochodem. Zawiozl nas z lotniska w Denpasar do hotelu w Kuta i zyczyl dobrej nocy. Mialysmy sie z nim ponownie zobaczyc nastepnego dnia. Po ulokowaniu sie w pokoju i wzietych prysznicach, padlysmy na nasze lozka. To byl dluuuugi dzien, obfitujacy w mnostwo wrazen. A jeszcze wiecej czekalo nas nazajutrz!

Po sniadaniu zjedzonym w hotelowej restauracji, spotkalysmy sie z naszym kierowca i przewodnikiem. Kikie ma kolezanke z liceum, ktora wyszla za maz za Balinezyjczyka. Przez nia zalatwila cala nasza wycieczke. Za pakiet, ktory zawieral 3 noclegi w hotelu plus sniadania, transport vanem po calej wyspie, kierowce oraz przewodnika, a takze ulozony program wycieczki na kazda godzine kazdego dnia, zaplacilysmy 250$ od lebka. Cena nie obejmowala 100$ od osoby za loty Yogya-Bali-Yogya, ktore Kiki rezerwowala na tydzien przed.
Najpierw pojechalysmy do Taman Ayun - zabudowan hinduistycznych. Jezeli dobrze pamietam, byl to rodzaj swiatyni. Na calej wyspie panuje religia hinduizmu, a zatem hinduistyczne swiatynie, oltarze  z kwiatow przed domami oraz filozofia. Na przyklad rzadko spotyka sie tu kradzieze - bo kradziez przynioslaby oprawcy zla karme, czyli szczescie odwrociloby sie od niego.

Nastepnie pojechalysmy nad piekne jezioro, ukryte pomiedzy gorami. Tam zostalam "zaatakowana" przez gromadke dzieci indonezyjskich - z kazdym musialam zrobic sobie zdjecie :o) Potem zjadlysmy obiad w restauracji w formie bufetu. Jedzenie bylo przepyszne, a widok na las deszczowy - zapierajacy dech. W ubikacji spotkalam grupe Polek - nie wiem czemu, ale akurat tutaj, na Bali, "naszych" sie nie spodziewalam!

Kolejnym przystankiem byl malpi gaj - i bynajmniej nie chodzi mi tutaj o plac zabaw dla dzieci. Malpy byly po prostu... wszedzie. Moglysmy je karmic, ale obserwcaja ich zachowania sprawila mi nawet wiecej frajdy. Na swoj sposob byly bardzo... ludzkie. Karmily swoje dzieci, przytulaly sie do siebie, bawily i dokuczaly, a nawet... drapaly sie po kroczu :D

Gdy wracalaysmy, musialysmy przejsc przez pasaz straganow z pamiatkami. Ja, ktora znam chyba wszystkie mozliwe sztuczki lapania klientow i zwykle skutecznie unikam znienawidzonych zakupow, tym razem dalam sie namowic. Mila dziewczynka namowila mnie na zakup plazowej sukienki, w kolorze czekoladowego brazu. W sumie, to miala byc, oprocz zdjec, moja jedyna “pamiatka” z Bali. Najciekawsze bylo to, ze pieniedzmi, ktorymi zaplacilam, wlascicielka dotknela innych rzeczy sprzedawanych w sklepie; “zraszala” je moimi pieniedzmi niemal jak ksiadz woda swiecona w kosciele. Okazalo sie, ze od trzech dni bylam pierwsza klientka w tym sklepie i moje pieniadze mialy przyniesc dobra karme – blogoslawienstwo na przyniesienie zysku ze wszystkich pozostalych pamiatek.

Pozne popoludnie i wieczor spedzilysmy na relaksie nad brzegiem morza, z widokiem na zachod slonca i Tanah Lot - malenka wysepke zajeta przez swiatynie hinduistyczna. Zalapalysmy sie takze na pokaz tancow balinezyjskich. Jakims cudem (!?$?#?@?) zostalam wypatrzona z tlumu przez tancerke i wyciagnieta na srodek... Nie powiem, ale serce mi stanelo. A potem pomyslalam: a co mi tam! Wlasciwie to calkiem dobrze sie bawilam, dostalam tez wielki aplauz za swoj niezreczny taniec (zaufajcie mi, naprawde JESTEM rachityczna gdy tancze!). Dostalam takze sliczna paczuszke z upominkami  Bali.
Wrocilysmy do hotelu zmeczone, ale szczesliwe. Na kolacje poszlysmy do japonskiej restauracji, ulokowanej naprzeciw hotelu. Po napelnieniu zoladkow sushi i krotkim spacerze, nasz dzien dobiegl ku koncowi...

P.S. Dla zainteresowanych - lecialysmy na Bali liniami Lion Air www.lionair.co.id , ale mozna tez dotrzec tam np. z Jakarty liniami Air Asia www.airasia.com
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