As long as I've been living in Australia, I've said that my two goals are to visit Southeast Asia and New Zealand, and I'm so pleased to finally be able to tick both of those off my list! Yes, both. I just got back from a week in Bali and in a few weeks I'll head over to New Zealand to spend my birthday/Christmas with the husband. I'm feeling very grateful right about now.
But back to Bali...
My first impression was that everything is so very different. Kind of dirty and chaotic, but also beautiful. Perfectly imperfect.
We spent the first 4 days of our trip in Ubud, the town made famous by Eat Pray Love. It's an incredible little corner of Bali, filled with yoga studios, organic cafes and local art. Mostly, we went for slow meanders through the winding streets and ate as much as we could.
I also fell in love with the puppies who overran our hotel. It was hard not to try to squeeze one into my suitcase!
The monkey forest in Ubud was another highlight. To be honest, my traveling companion had well and truly scared me with tales of violent monkeys so I kept my distance. But these monkeys were fearless! One of them ever so casually sidled up next to a tourist who was sitting on a bench. He then slid his hand straight into her pocket and turned it inside out. Disappointed that it was empty, he did the same with the rest of her pockets!
Thanks for taking a glimpse into the first part of my trip. Next up... Bingin! As well as the story of how I ended up in an Indonesian hospital, stay tuned...