Bouncin' Around Bali in the Rain

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Spring

I spent my Spring Break in the beautiful land of Bali. Despite it being the tail end of monsoon season, I managed to enjoy my time there.

On this particular trip, I visited Seminyak and Ubud. In Ubud, I had my very first homestay experience in Bali and it was, interesting. I stayed with a local family and their livestock, lol. It was an authentic experience in an area that is otherwise very touristy.

Beautiful backyard at my homestay.
One of the few days that it didn't rain.

In Seminyak, I hired a driver who took me to Tirta Gangga, Pura Lempuyang, Tana Lott and Uluwatu. Sadly, most of the photos from that portion of the trip are gone. I take photos on my phones, and both of them were acting wonky during this trip (mercury in full retrograde). I was able to salvage a few photos, thanks to Instagram. I'm on the hunt for a real camera now.

Tirta Gangga!

The rain didn't stop the show!

I also got to visit the stunning and peaceful Pura Ulun Danu temple, the Jatiluwih Rice Terrace, and the Tirta Empul Holy water temple while in Ubud.

Pura Ulun Danu temple.
This temple was really stunning and really peaceful.

Beautiful Jatiluwih landscape; rain clouds brewing but "we still going".

Lush landscape at Jatiluwih!
Most people opt for Tegalalang, both are worth a visit.

Tirta Empul Holy Water Temple

I did three day trips while in Bali. My day excursions were private and only cost me the equivalent of $45 per day. While I found food and drink to be a little expensive compared to other areas of Southeast Asia, everything else was fairly cheap. I don't know many places where you can get a day trip for that price. You definitely need to split everything up, some sites are very far east while others were closer together. Your tour guide can make recommendations for you.

Speaking of food, Balinese food is pretty yummy.

Lunch with a magnificent view!
This is Nasi Campur, and what's left of my dragonfruit juice.

Lunch at Bliss Ubud Spa (minus the egg, bleh)

If you're into relaxation, I highly recommend Bliss Ubud. I was pampered for 5 hours: full body massage-best one yet- facial, full body scrub, hair creme bath, mani/pedi and a healthy lunch, all for the equivalent of $60.

Wore my natural hair out so that I could get the esteemed hair creme bath treatment

Despite the weather, I had a relaxing time, but I don't think I got to fully experience Bali; it felt like unfinished business when I left. Therefore, I will return and stay longer than a week, in better weather time of course. I look forward to getting a second chance to visit later this year, and redeeming my lost photos at some pretty amazing sites.

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