Bali was a pretty interesting place. We flew in early evening and eventually found a place to stay near Kuta Beach. Budget accommodation is pretty hard to come by but for about 7 dollars a night each (including breakfast) we shared a bed and a stinky water hose for a shower for two nights. Kuta beach is beautiful and constantly bustling with surfers and wannabe surfers. We spent a couple hours on our tans and spent the rest of our time parusing the shops.
From Kuta we took a van to the infamous Ubud (the city setting of the novel, Eat Pray Love) where again budget acommodation was tough to find. We decided to splurge a little for a nicer place with a warm shower and pool – and again, breakfast included. We slept like queens!
During the day in Ubud, we rented bikes and rode around the town making our way to Ketut Liyer’s home. The 99 year old man read my palm and told me my future. He also wished that one day I would meet his great grandson and with his positive words we were on our way. Basically I’m going to meet good man, be very rich and healthy and have a good life. (wink wink)!
After the appointment with Ketut we wanted to embrace traditional Ubud so we hired a driver and set out for the rice paddies. Since it had freshly rained everything was soooo green! On the way back into town we stopped at a small village to watch the white herons return to their nests. After watching some locals play soccer, the herons – hundreds of them – returned home to their nests. It was a pretty unqiue sight.
We spent two nights in Ubud where we spent a fair amount of time browsing the endless art galleries that fill the streets.
From Ubud we took a van and a fast boat to the Gili Islands off of Lombok where we got sitauted on Gili Trawagan for six nights. This place is so peacful and quite possibly the nicest place we’ve been yet.