So I haven’t really written much for Bali, probably because we haven’t really done much. We arrived in Kuta yesterday which managed to confirm all my stereotypes for Bali. Still the girls have been shopping up a storm and went out to party last night. I even made my first purchases for the trip being a dress and a pair of shoes since the dress didn’t really look all that good with a pair of Teva’s, surprising that!
Jeanette and I did manage to go for our bike ride in Ubud which I’m really glad we did. Nice way to see some of the countryside and pass most of the day since we were picked up at 0830 hrs and got back to the Villa just before 1500 hrs. Just in time for our massage.
When I say we went for a bike ride it was mainly sitting on the bike while it rolled downhill with some frequent application of the brakes to make sure I didn’t run into the bike in front. We went with Jegeg Bike Tours, a small company so there were only two others other than Jeanette and myself. Given that it’s been years since I’ve ridden a bike I’m rather grateful that I didn’t fall off the thing particularly given the state of parts of the road.
Along the way we stopped off at various points of interest seeing the inside of a local family compound, watching while one of the men wove a basket. Now that kind of amazed me since generally (in a lot of countries) it’s the women who tend to do those kinds of things. We also stopped and walked into one of the rice fields and our guide explained the harvest process. It looked like really hard work!
Of course we stopped at some temples and a village hall having some of the ceremonies explained to us. At the end of it we ended up at the guides home for lunch which his sister in law had cooked for us. All up it was a really enjoyable way to spend the day.