|This is actually in Nusa Dua|
The location was a little out of the way for our liking but the beach was close, the price was right and we figured we could deal with the rest. When we arrived, we were smitten with Bali and charmed by the chaos (coming from super organized Singapore can make you yearn for the chaos of past locations). We arrived at our hotel, pleased and ready to enjoy our time. The room wasn't fabulous but had a sea view and bedrooms for each of us, so we were pleased, popped the bubbly and commenced holiday mode.
|Our hotel lobby|
Bali is the island of gods. There are thousands represented there, even though our driver of choice (Mr. Pande... use him if you can when there, he's lovely) told us that the religion of Bali was "Bali Hindu" with just one god overall. Temples are on every street corner it seems and in-between whenever possible it seems. It also seems that ceremonies abound and cause traffic delays all over the island on a regular basis. I think we were caught in one or two jams just about every day that we were there. But for some reason, you overlook it... maybe it's the island vibe or the calm way that all the drivers seem to take the delays.
We checked off many of the amazing things to do on the island when there:
Go to Kuta - experience the markets and the craziness of the tourist chaos.
|Shopping in Kuta|
Eat on Jimbaran Beach - makes sure you go to Ganesha Restaurant... they have the *wiggling my fingers* live fish... not the *imitating a sleeping fish* dead ones (although they had those too), as told to us by our driver that day (clearly his English was a little limited).
|Me and the girls at the beach (Christmas Day)|
|selecting our fresh catch for dinner|
|Delicious grilled tuna!|
See the cliff-side temples of Uluwatu.
Enjoy the magic of a Balinese sunset (thankfully, we got to do that just about every night).
|Even stormy skies produce magic!!|
Go to Ubud and see the temples and artist displays.
Shop, shop, shop for batik and silver (came home with the batik but not the silver).
Lay lazily on the beach (although my back only permitted me to stand... but to stand in golden sand is a fine thing).
|This was just a 10 minute walk from the hotel|
Get caught in the traffic jam of a temple ceremony.
|preparing for a ceremony the following day|
|The traffic jam was huge for this one!!|
Embrace island life.
Although the chaos of Bali is charming in the beginning, I was more than ready to return to the organization and predictability of Singapore at the end of a week (more on that in another post, another time).