We got up early and showered before heading down to breakfast. The check-in process at the airport was quick and painless. We had a quick flight, only about an hour, until we arrived in Bali. We changed time zones and are now back to 12 hours ahead instead of 11. The resort here is absolutely beautiful and picturesque. Our room has a great balcony that overlooks gardens and has ocean views in the distance.
Mom and I immediately hit the beach to soak up the some sun. We then took a walk down the beach and the rest of the afternoon at a beach bar. Dan met up with us after he woke up from his nap. We had fresh calamari, chicken satay, fried noodles and of course, rice. After a short rest back at the hotel we ended up back at the same place for dinner. Mom picked out our fresh sea bass and prawns that we ate. A traveling band complete came around to sing to different tables. We had them sing a traditional indonesian song and some Beatles. Ticket to Ride is very entertaining in their accents. The sun and day (and night) drinking did us all in and we passed out early.
Bali got the best of me and I was too lazy to write for the last few days of the trip. Quick recaps...
We hired another driver for the day and went white water rafting, shopping on the famous Monkey Road in Ubud, went to Monkey Forest and saw traditional Balinese dancing.
The rafting was incredible and the river looked fake with all of the forest surrounding it. The pics they took as we went down the first rapid were well worth the five bucks for Dan's face alone. Will have to post those later because they are packed away. We took a break halfway through and did some cliff jumping and swimming. There were two other rafts going down at the same time as us. One couple from China were the most annoying people ever, come to find out later that the guy is a PGA golfer. Beyond obnoxious. The other raft had two guys who are chefs at the Guy Savoy restaurant in our Singapore hotel (remember the $900 truffle tasting menu...they work there).
Ubud is the cultural center of the island and we went there next for shopping. We got some jewelry at a store one of mom's patients recommended. Dan didn't want to shop, so he hung out with the driver. Monkey Forest is the famous park with the grabby monkeys. You can feed them, so Dan told me to grab a roll of Ritz crackers we had in the car. I tossed them to Dan and within 3 seconds a monkey the size of Ellie jumped on Dan, grabbed the crackers and ran up a tree. From that moment on I was terrified of the monkeys. They are also known to steal your glasses, earrings, and wallets. We even saw one take a flip flop right off a girls foot!! We did see some cute baby monkeys but I was traumatized after Dan's run in.
Next our driver took us to a traditional Balinese dance performance. Instead of instruments fifty guys chant and sing the entire time. It's really cool. But I wouldnt necessarily want to sit through it again for an hour. It's a once in a lifetime sorta thing.
Today was a lazy morning at the hotel. We laid out before walking down the beach to our favorite restaurant. We were getting to know the guys that worked there and they always warmly greeted us upon our return. We wanted to go see a different beach so they got us a driver and we went to a surfer beach. Mom and I swam and then when mom went for a walk and Dan was getting a beer, I was surrounded by little kids trying to sell me stuff. I felt so bad and you could tell that their mothers were the ones giving massages to the people on the beach. One of the girls was only four!!! When Dan got back he started talking to them in Indonesian and we ended up buying a few things mainly bc we felt bad.
Next, we headed to a temple to watch the sunset. The guy who gave us our sarongs suggested getting a guide to keep the monkeys away. Due to my newly acquired fear of monkeys, I of course wanted one. The monkeys here were more aggressive than yesterday. We saw one grab sunglasses right off a woman's face. The guide said that earlier that day one had stolen a blackberry. Sometimes they took the stuff just to break it, other times you could bargain with food to get your stuff back. The more food you gave, the more likely you'd get your stuff back.
The setting for the sunset was beautiful, set high up on a cliff as we watched the waves crash below.
Today was our last full day in Bali. We still had some souvenir shopping to do so we headed to Kuta where they have a big, new mall right on the beach. We spent a couple hours there and then headed to lunch. We have tried a lot of different Indonesian dishes but we had one left that Dan wanted us to try. I liked the rice, beef and potato. The rest was ehh..but definitely better than the brown sugar stuff.
We got back and laid out for a few hours, had some drinks from the resort (which cost more than our room service dinner from last night) and then went down the beach for more beers and seafood. Small and large prawns were the choice for this meal and of course, more rice. We had a reception at the hotel and one of the guys who works there went to the hospitality school at Cornell, he knew all about Ithaca is gorges! Small world. I passed out early and mom and Dan had fun taking pics of me sleeping and trying to wake me up.
Hard to believe it is our last night!! Those two weeks flew by!
We got up, packed and headed to the airport. Dan had an earlier flight back to Medan, so he left first. We had a 2.5 hour flight from Bali to Singapore and have a 8 hour layover in Singapore. Thankfully, this is the best airport to be stuck in. Tons of restaurants, free wi-fi, tvs to watch everywhere, and free foot massagers (mom's fave). With our new compression socks ready to go, hopefully we will arrive in New York cankle free in about 25 hours!
Total Mileage for the Trip: 21,260 miles