In November of last year, my fiancé and I took a big trip to Bali for two weeks! It was such an amazing experience!

We chose to get an AirBnB in Ubud. We had a little pool, a really comfortable bed, and time to relax. Check out this pool and the view. We absolutely loved it there.

Our little villa and view.
I would go back in a heart beat.

Jack talked me into riding a scooter. He had to talk me into a lot of stuff, because naturally I’m scared of everything, and he’s not afraid of anything. I was terrified. It was one of those things where you just gotta hop on, put on your helmet, and hope like hell everybody knows what they’re doing. I’m not too keen on putting my life in other people’s hands, so I hated every second it.

Mount Batur, a sunrise, two sweaty adventurers

One day We climbed a volcano at 3 a.m. That was Jack’s idea, for sure, but I put on my game face and made it to the top. We made it up top to watch the sunrise, eat breakfast, and drink coffee. I was freezing, but the vapor from the lava was actually pretty nice.

The monkeys were so much stronger than they looked.

We visited the Sacred Monkey Forest which wasn’t too far from our AirBnB. I wore a bright yellow maxi dress which we found out was not a good idea. The monkeys liked pulling on my dress and climbing up it. Jack carried a water bottle around, and I guess the monkeys know they can drink from them. They actually try to rip them out of your hands when you’re not looking!

We also went to Gili Trawangwan to see what the “party island” was all about. That deserves a post by itself!

My idea for the vacations were nice dinners and going to a yoga practice. The not daredevil stuff that I was absolutely sure wouldn’t kill us. We also visited quite a few temples. I’m one of those history buffs. I have no idea what I’m looking at, but damn it if I’m not impressed.

That’s a luwak on his shoulder, poor thing

So luwaks like cat-monkey things, if I understood right. They eat coffee cherries, sort of digest them, then poop them out. And then people make coffee out of the cherries they dig out of the poop. Unfortunately they’re usually caged and not treated very well. That was kinda sad. These little furry cuties are nocturnal so that one in particular wasn’t too happy to be awake and put on tourists shoulders. I had just learned about luwaks, hence the hand wringing in the picture. I felt bad for him.

We also took a tour to a waterfall and rice paddy. Both were amazing. The rice paddy was one of the first instances of humans figuring out irrigation systems.

I love taking candid pictures of Jack.

Altogether Bali was such a great trip. I hope we get a chance to go back. I’d even brave the mopeds. Right after Bali, we adventured to Bangkok. See pictures and more in my next post.


3 thoughts on “Bali

  1. Ummmm what? Coffee from poop?! I would love to visit there sometime! You should definitely do a post on Bali do’s and dont’s with specifics..basically plan out my stay there! jkjk but im serious about the post

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