Updated: Jul 30
Welcome to my laughter-filled journey through the tropical paradise of Bali, where the crazy drivers, sacred monkeys, and warm banana sandwiches made my trip unforgettable! Join me on this wild escapade and discover the spiritual self care that Bali has to offer.
Bali: A Magical Mayhem Unfolds
As soon as I stepped off the plane, I knew Bali was going to be a rollercoaster of laughter and adventure. The streets were filled with statues, and I felt like I was walking through an artisan's dreamland. But beware, in Ubud, the spiritual hub, you might find yourself playing a game of scooter dodging!
Ubud Traffic: A Wild Ride with No Rules
Walking down the streets of Ubud was like participating in an extreme sport - dodging scooters left and right! Forget speed limits or road rules; time is measured by how long you spend stuck in traffic rather than miles to your destination. I bet these drivers moonlight as professional dodgem car racers!
Market Madness: A Shopper's Delight
At the markets, I was transported to a world of vibrant colors and local charm. Capturing the essence of the local vendors was an adventure in itself. But what stole the show was the mouthwatering food - fried rice, noodles, soups, vegetables, and more. It was foodie heaven, and I found myself eating like there was no tomorrow!
Nusa Penida: Paradise Found
A quick boat ride led us to the breathtaking Blue Harbor Beach Bungalows. The natural rock formations provided the backdrop for some epic landscapes. Snorkeling with manta rays would have been a dream come true, but alas, the manta rays were busy sipping coconut water on vacation (I wish I was kidding!). Nevertheless, connecting with nature and getting those Balinese massages were pure self-care magic!
Hiking the Volcanic Comedy Show
Hiking Mt. Batur was like embarking on a comedy show disguised as a challenging adventure. Tears, grief, and anxiety battled it out as we tackled the 3.5-hour trek straight up the volcano. But boy, oh boy, the spectacular sunrise we witnessed at the top made it all worthwhile. We were not alone; we had over 500 fellow adventurers with us, and the mountain-top market ladies were selling anything from tea to beer - a true entrepreneurial spirit!
Monkey Business in the Monkey Forest
The Monkey Forest was pure magic. Monkeys leaping through the trees and playing on the ground with their adorable babies provided endless entertainment. But be cautious; these monkeys are pros at snatching your belongings! Eye contact equals a toothy grin; you've been warned!
Hidden Gem Stays and Sacred Vibes
Our lodgings, Kori Ubud and Sapodilla Ubud, were secret havens hidden in the heart of Ubud. These places had such a vibe that even Booking.com couldn't match! Listening to the sounds of nature and immersing ourselves in the tropical landscape was rejuvenating, despite the hot-as-heck weather!
Prepare to be blown away by the mind-blowing beach bungalows in Nusa Penida, courtesy of Blue Harbor! Picture this: sipping your morning coffee on the front porch while witnessing a sunrise that will leave you in awe. These bungalows took "off the hook" to a whole new level, offering an unforgettable experience you won't want to miss!
Respecting Culture: The Right Attire
Amidst all the fun and laughter, I always made sure to respect the local culture. Following guidelines on temple attire and walking through villages appropriately is a must. While some tourists may go rogue, I'd rather avoid a fashion faux pas and honor the beautiful Balinese customs.
Bali's Siren Call: A Spiritual Awakening
Bali touched a part of my soul I didn't know existed. It was like a siren's call, beckoning me to return and explore the depths of self-care and spirituality it has to offer. Forget tourist attractions; Bali has the power to transform and awaken your inner self!
Ketut Livers' House: A Surprise Encounter
Imagine getting lost in the streets of Ubud and stumbling upon Ketut Livers' house! Yes, the very Ketut from "Eat, Pray, Love"! You'll have to read my blog to know what happened next. Trust me; it's a story you won't want to miss!
So folks, there you have it - my hilarious Bali adventure filled with bananas, monkeys, and a dash of magic! Until next time, keep laughing and remember, Bali is calling, and you must go!
P.S I am taking a spiritual journey back to Bali June 2024. Wanna join me? Check it out!
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