After the flight over here (Seattle > Vancouver, BC > Hong Kong > Bali) all of my expectations collided with reality. I had been to Thailand in the past but it was quite a shock for my system - that's for sure!
So this is Bali? Hello Denpasar.
We stayed the first week in Denpasar, which is the most populous city in Bali and absolutely nuts (from my Seattle perspective) - there was so much traffic that you literally needed a security guard to cross the street (think crossing guard for school - but less formal and across bustling streets). Riding in a cab, I couldn't believe how close they would get to the other cars and scooters (which are everywhere!). As far as lanes go...they are just for decoration. A 2 lane road has at least 4 vehicles inclusive of other cars and scooters.
But for all of the craziness of Denpasar - it has a lot of restaurants, shops, and oh yes...Massage Spas! Within the first week I may have received 3 full body massages, 1 pedicure, a foot massage, and 1 ear candle massage! The best part is nothing cost over $9 USD! Now that's what I call living!
|(HAD THE "EAR CANDLE" TO GET THAT EAR WAX OUT! IT WAS... INTERESTING.)|
Getting out of Denpasar...
We cabbed it out of Denpasar further in land to Ubud, which is known to be a more spiritual/hippy type place. Which we obviously loved! There were so many awesome restaurants, cafes, shops, and oh yes, a Monkey Forest!
Literally a forest that is filled with Monkeys! It was honestly a little freaky - you kind of got the sense that all of these monkeys would do whatever they damned well pleased. We just walked to the entrance and took some photos and that was it...
|(Monkey King in Ubud)|
In Ubud , we also checked out a Kecak Dance...they call it the Monkey Chant. Here is a video to give you an idea. Quite an experience.
Back in Kuta (next to Denpasar) one of the highlights was that we found this "all you can eat and drink" BBQ for $5! And it was good too!
|($5 FOR ALL YOU CAN EAT AND DRINK = AWESOME)|
Okay, well gotta run! More updates to follow!