Bali was absolutely incredible and definitely a great choice to begin my RTW trip. The people, the food, the temples, the wildlife, the sunrises, the sunsets… everything was unforgettable!
After visiting the Uluwatu temple, cliff-side cafes, Padang Padang beach, and the Tanah Lot temple I accompanied Mark to the airport to catch his flight to begin his European journey. The following day I took my flight out of Bali to go experience some of the beauty that Java has to offer. Thank you again Mark for joining me in Bali! I couldn’t have asked for a better travel companion. 🙂
Here is a list of places visited and experiences from Bali & Gili Meno: Kuta, Ubud, Mt Batur, Mt Agung, Goa Gajah, Tempaksiring, Tirta Empul, Gunung Kawi, Tagallalang, Monkey Forest, Yoga at yoga barn, cooking in Laplapan, Bedugul temple by Lake Bratan, Jatiluwih rice terraces, Mengwi temple, Kekac (fire dance), Balinese dance, Ubud farmers’ market, Ubud rice paddies walk, Amed with view of Mt. Agung, diving in Tulamben, snorkeling in Jemeluk, sunsets from Jemeluk viewpoint, Gili Meno island, snorkeling trip to see coral wall, ship wreck & turtles, coral gardens in Gili Meno, super bumpy boat ride to Sanur from Gili Meno, Uluwatu temple, Padang Padang beach and Uluwatu cliff-side cafes, Tanah Lot.
My best memories of Bali (in no particular order): seeing a cremation procession from the town to the beach, seeing families of monkeys on top of Mt Batur at sunrise, experiencing the sunrise on top of Mt. Batur, following the Hindu spiritual ritual at Tirta Empul (holy waters temple) with Lana, seeing a devoted Hindu man pray at altar on top of Mt Agung (at 10,000ft), riding on a scooter up and down the coast in Amed and eating roadside bbq for $2, eating Babi Guling (pork bbq) during road trips, swimming in the sea in Amed while looking at Mt. Agung, enjoying an early morning in the Farmer’s market and later contemplating the rice paddies in Ubud, singing (silly made-up songs) at the top of the Uluwatu cliffs, watching sunsets in Gili Meno from a beach bungalow, drinking Bintangs and eating cassava chips on the beach, getting a ride from Ubud center to my homestay on a motorcycle from a random stranger (it’s common here, don’t worry mom) and last but not least, drinking guava, papaya and mango juice and eating banana pancakes (which are more like crepes) every morning!