The start of the Bali experience
Trip Start Apr 12, 2010
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On monday the 7th of June we arrived in Bali at 23:10 after leaving Perth at 19:30....as we left the plane we walked towards the passport control to buy our VISA (like Turkey), we joint the line for the passport control and VISA check...30 minutes later (and laughing from the inside) we were at the desk and after this we got the bags and headed towards the exit. At the exit at least a 100 of signs we held up by little men...OH MY GOD were do we start...eventually after some shouting we found our transport and only had to wait for some others...
The ride to the hotel was different...the streets are absolute chaos but that makes it really special...after dropping the first people of at a ''hotel we think'' we got a bit nervous because we could not remember what we booked...dropping us of last made it even worse, we drove into a gravel road with holes as deep as salat bowls and were expecting the worst but we turn left and there it was Villa Seminyak Hotel and Spa...in one word AMAZING
We checked in and were directed to our villa at the pool, DD (the guys name) showed us around and we were left alone with big smiles on our faces...please check the pictures :-)
The next day we woke up and had breakfast and decided to take it easy and sat a while at the pool but went in again to have a sleep...waking up some time later we asked the reception what the best way was to get into the town centre...so we took place in a cab and there is were our adventure started. Little shops all over the place, restaurants, little markets, supermarkets and shops selling souvenirs ( we will take photos of this later in the week)...but after a while we decided to get out because we were getting nowhere because of the traffic...we started walking and you expect people dragging you into shops but this wasn't happening they are all very friendly and most of the times they won't say anything..(maybe because i miss something and they don't know what to say and we are rather tall for them) but it was all very relaxed but busy...we had some lunch and OMG again this food is amazing and sooooo cheap ;-)
After paying the lunch we headed towards the beach were the Bali experience took the next step...a guy asked us if we wanted a beer...and as most of you know i said yes quicker than Lynds said yes when I proposed ;-) ... sitting down with a beer in our hand it started...you think what started..yes started...ladies came from all over the place they came from the trees, the sand and from the sky (only joking) and started selling stuff...but they saw that Lynds was an easy pray...Nails, eyebrows, bracelets and a foot massage...hahaha...so i had another beer as Lynds was occupied with the ladies..
We walked back to our accommodation and had nice sleep after having dinner at the hotel...
Today the 9th of June we woke up and chilled out at the pool untill 1pm and than prepared ourselves for a trip to the Monkey forrest, were as you can guess would see some Holy monkeys :-) .... we were picked up at 2pm and met up with Kerry and Corinne(met in bus to the hotel) and drove towards the forrest, stopping at a silversmith, the rice fields and a temple...as you can see at the pictures it was pouring down with rain.
Leaving the temple behind we headed towards the Monkey forrest...arriving there we had our own guide who told us about the monkeys and the temple (oh and you are not allowed to touch the monkeys at all time!!!)...so we walked into the temple and there they were..monkeys all over the place, dads, mums and babies...everywhere you looked there were monkeys...at a corner a man was selling peanuts and Lynds thought it was a good idea to buy some and feed the monkeys. Well here it started: the monkeys like the peanuts and are quit good remembering who feeds them...after 2 minutes Lynds had a monkey on her head (I was laughing my head off :-)) the lady banged the umbrella against the monkey and it ran away ..
Monkeys were not the only attraction there, they had bats and a snake...so I thought lets hold them...hold a bat (£0.50 cents) hold the snake (£1,-) ... the snake was really heavy and immense powerful. Leaving the animals behind we left the temple soaked but with a big smile on our faces.
Tanah-Lot was our final destination and this is a Hindu temple on a rock in the ocean...we walked around and had a look at the temple..but because it was raining we were not able to see the sunset which they say is magical at this point of the island. As it was still raining we climbed into the bus and were brought back to our hotel.
This is the Bali experience for now but there is a lot more to come...
Cheers Lynds and Jeff