Trip Start Mar 01, 2009
23Trip End Dec 21, 2009
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We found an amazing place to stay in Candi Dasa and we tossed a coin for the room with the sea views. Me and Miriam won! We did deserve it though considering we’d been sharing a single bed for her first two nights on the island. The view was ridiculously stunning. And there was literally a wall and then the sea and a little private beach for the few cottages in this place. It was amazing. AND they had the most incredible bat I’ve ever seen. He just hung out (excuse the pun) in the tree all day every day and was the most inquisitive little cute creature ever. So huge and so interested in everything you had to do at reception. If you came and admired him for long enough he’d start moving round his tree and doing a little show of how he can walk upside down. He had these big curious eyes that followed your every movement and was just a beautiful little fruit bat. Definitely an added bonus at this place
We hired bikes and headed up the coast via a little inland town as the town as it had the closest ATM. Which then refused to work for me. Sigh. It was a real local town with not one other tourist in sight which was a pleasant change after Kuta. The riding was fun too - there were hills to wind up and down and it was nice to get off the busy roads around Kuta and Denpasar. There were Paddy fields with the most incredible scarecrows I’ve ever seen and many people all hard at work and the town was so cool. We got lunch from this lovely couple and their little street café. No one had a word of English and my Indonesian is limited to Hello, thank you and on a good day please! But when I thanked the husband for my bowl of satay in Indonesian his whole face just lit up and he grinned for at least 5 minutes. I love this place! Their kids were gorgeous and the food was amazing. The best satay I’ve ever had. My first true but considering I’d never liked it before Balinese satay I think that says enough.
We then just rode for the rest of the day. We went for miles and then did this huge big loop back to the same town. We must have driven for about 5 hours this day and I didn’t think my coxsis would ever be the same. The views were out of this world as were the roads and signs except literally
Dinner was fun - Stephen and Miriam ordered normal things but we were eating in this little street food thing and so me and Sarah decided to order 2 things with the weirdest names and just wait and see what they turned out to be
I decided to leave any diving until later in the week and so we hopped into a taxi after two night of the most exquisite views and headed into the hills to find the cultural heart of Bali - Ubud.