Bali, Indonesia. Trip of a lifetime. It’s funny because when I first heard I was going overseas, I didn’t know what to think. Of course I was excited to go somewhere new and leave the country, but I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy Bali. It seemed like too much of a tourist destination.
Bali is a truly beautiful place and at times, I forgot that it’s considered a third world country. Lush greenery, endless palms.. the subtle gradient of the ocean. There was colour everywhere. It was dreamy and the perfect luxurious getaway. What I loved most of all was the sense of community between people. It was very tight knit. Everybody knew each other and were very friendly. We laughed and communicated in smiles when we couldn’t understand each other. Everybody was kind and welcoming and I so wished we had more than a week to stay. I truly felt like I was a part of life there by the time I left. There were street vendors everywhere. Some sold the rattan bags we see everywhere and others dream catchers. I tried so much delicious food.. barbecue and fried rice. A couple of nights I even had home cooked food. The most amazing chicken curry with naan bread.
I went beyond my comfort zone too. That’ll always be an experience. I made new friends and went on a few bike rides too. I was slightly terrified I’d fall off to begin with but then I let loose a bit and just had fun. We cruised along and it was the perfect way to see the Bali nightlife.
And Bali nightlife there is! The streets were packed and bustling and it was the most fun I’d had in ages. I wanted to dance and sing and laugh and talk to people and play pool all night. There were clubs full of the most curious characters. Looking at some people you’d think they were running for a dress up contest!
Bali is incredibly rich culturally. It was incredible to be able to visit the temples and various religious places. Even in their everyday lives people kept religion close to them. Outside almost all houses were mini temples with offerings of biscuits, flowers, small decorations and other bits and pieces. Midweek I visited the stunning Tanah Lot, an ocean temple. There were beautiful, well maintained gardens and many ornate structures. It was breathtaking. I arrived late afternoon and watched as the sun set through the trees, appearing only to disappear once again.
I also learnt that beaches are not created equal- they’re different everywhere! Haha.
I was surprised to see that there was almost no sand, but rather dead coral everywhere. There were many boats out on the water. I noticed that everybody, even the locals, never ventured far from the shore. The water was salty, so much so it almost hurt. Nonetheless, very refreshing!
Ubud Monkey Forest was another favourite. The monkeys were so cute and cheeky and thankfully quite easy to spot! I even saw a few babies. One of the monkeys had actually unzipped someone’s bag and taken out a packet of Oreos. Once the guy noticed it was already too late and the monkey was up in a tree eating. He even threw the packet into the rainforest!
Goes to show they’re highly intelligent animals. Much more so than we might think! I had my own experience too, with a monkey taking my water bottle, climbing over a fence and then drinking it all.
The Bali trip was also when my mocktail obsession started. I was at this cute cafe and decided to try something different. I got this amazing strawberry and lemon mocktail. It’s safe to say I had way too many of those after I realised how good it was, haha!
An absolute highlight was meeting my gorgeous internet best friend Scarlett! We both live in Australia, just different states, but hadn’t got to meet each other. Then we realised we had the same travel dates so were able to meet up. It was so much fun.. we wandered around sephora and sat on a restaurant balcony, taking pictures of the beach. Oh, and we laughed. Boy did we laugh!