On Tuesday, the DeMicheles and us decided to take a trip to Ubud to explore a little of Bali. Our driver picked us up at 9:30, and we set off on our excursion. Our first stop was at a temple and was absolutely gorgeous and adorned with different shrines and statues pertaining to Hindu culture. While Bali is part of Indonesia, it isn’t Muslim like the majority of the country; it’s mostly Hindu. Getting to walk around the temple was very interesting, and seeing the dudes wearing skirts was even better. After the temple, we made 2 stops: one was to a batik factory, where they make the beautiful linens that the Balinese people wear, and then to a wood carving shop where we bought a charming little Buddha to add to our decorations.
Our next stop, we visited a restaurant that was located right next to a rice paddy, which is a big part of Bali’s agriculture. We had a fantastic lunch and got to take pictures by the rice paddy, which you can see below.
Finally, we ended our day in Ubud, which was a lot more touristy than I thought it was going to be, but still wonderful. I got a couple of necklaces made, and perused the funny things they sold in the market like figurines of pigs doing it and girnomous penis bottle openers. I sometimes wonder why they think expats would even want these, but someone must be buying them because they keep selling them everywhere we go.
Another one of my favorite parts about our time in Bali was the incredible 2 ½ hour spa treatment Daniel and I experienced while staying in Nusa Dua. We came across the Rumah Spa while talking a walk on the main street. Spa culture is HUGE in Bali, and for good reason. On Wednesday morning, Daniel got the 90 minute Balinese Twin Girl massage and a 60 minute foot reflexology for $64 USD and I got the Anti-Aging Treatment that included a 60 minute hot stone massage, 40 minute reflexology, 30 minute coffee scrub and 20 minute rose petal soak in THE BIGGEST TUB EVER. I felt like Curly Sue getting made over and it was awesome.
Next time, I’ll talk about our snorkeling experience and the trip to Turtle Island. Until the next blog post, amigos!