Ohhhh Bali, where do I start? I can easily see why people fall in love with the place and never want to leave. Gorgeous beaches, amazing food, cheap prices and given surfers from all over the world travel there… amazing bodies as well. I showed up in Bali not having a clue what I was going to be doing… other than laying on the beach of course. I can tell you not having any expectations was the best thing I could of done. I had no attachments to how anything was supposed to go and so… whatever ended up arising it was easy to go with it.
The first day I arrive I spent it sleeping for 15 hours. Yep that’s right… 15. I was in the air for 29 hours flying from LA to Tokyo to Singapore then Bali and as rough as that may seem it was well worth it. I had a friend that had already been there for two weeks so it made figuring everything out easy – he already did. We were staying in southern Bali in an area called Jimbaran. It kind of felt like Bali’s version on Tijuana in Mexico but only in the city parts… the beaches are GORGEOUS!!! And we don’t have beaches like that anywhere in America.
I didn’t realize (only because I didn’t research) that you need a driver to get around. So I saw a lot of the surrounding area through a car window. My friend had already booked a driver, which I guess is really cheap – it should only cost you about $10 a day. The traffic is crazy there so I wouldn’t recommend driving yourself right off the bat. Besides it is kind of nice having someone take you to wherever you want to go and then be waiting for you when you return.
Besides the crazy traffic and beautiful beaches there was also the food. So there is this term “Bali belly” that goes around out there and eventually you get it. It’s nothing crazy – you just end up going to that bathroom a bunch. I wanted to steer clear of getting sick (given I only had 10 days) so I avoided anything that looked sketchy. We stuck to restaurants that were recommended. There were 3 main places we would eat: Kat’s Kitchen (Thai food), Warung in Salt (traditional Indo) and Peppendero (Italian)… and oh my my were they all so good!!! Kat’s Kitchen served a hearty breakfast so sometimes we would eat breakfast and lunch there. Also I was not a fan of Bali coffee. They leave the grinds in the bottom of the cup – yuck but we did manage to find a couple places that made awesome coffee and thank goodness… I love me some coffee!!! Conrad and I were thrilled when we arrived in Ubud to find a Starbucks. I know, I know… Starbucks but hey… at least we knew they would have good coffee.
I love the Balinese culture. Life seems simple. They seem to be a very easygoing bunch with temples everywhere. You will also see (everywhere) little baskets of offerings sometimes filled with flowers, or crackers, maybe even a tiny candy and always burning incense. I bought a bag of the incense and am obsessed with them… my house smells like Bali now… It’s crazy to see how simple everyone lives there. They don’t need much and seem happier than some wealthy people I know. Just goes to show that happiness doesn’t come from having money. I was such a great experience being there – I’d do it again in a heart beat. xo