Uluwatu Temple

Unlike the rest of Bali, the Bukit peninsula, better known as Uluwatu, doesn’t care about pleasing anyone but laid back surfers and unworried travelers.  This is where we chose to spent our last week in Indonesia. While here we rented a motorbike for about four dollars a day and wandered around. We found amazing fish tacos (San Diego would be proud), cool little bars to catch the sunset over the ocean, and not much more but that was all we wanted.

One of the main attractions of the area is the Uluwatu Temple. We visited it twice. The first time, we walked around the temple and took pictures over the cliff while the sun was making its way down giving a pinkish color to the sky.  There were many monkeys playing in and around the temple. One of them surprised Adam from behind and quicker than he could imagine, snatched my camera case with both of our sunglasses inside from his hand! Adam was so mad! “How can a monkey get the best of me?!”, he said. The monkey managed to open the case, pull out both pairs of sunglasses, and held all three for ransom high up in a tree. One of the guides jumped the fence to get closer and threw snacks, one by one, to the monkey in exchange for our things. A well-deserved tip for the guide’s snacks and the effort, or were he and the monkey in on it?! Who knows but Adam felt obligated to tip the man, after all he successfully recovered our stuff.

The temple was not the most amazing we’ve seen, but what makes it more attractive is the stunning view over the ocean from the cliff. While taking pictures we heard chants and songs drifting our way. Later we found out that a local dance is performed there daily at 6pm but we just missed it. After a few days we came back to see the “Monkey Dance”.

Balinese traditional dance is performed by making very slow body movements guided by the arms, hands and fingers. The many facial expressions are part of the show.

The rest of the time was spent reading, working, planning our next stop through Thailand, sunsets, more fish tacos and the last day we visited Kuta for a day of fun in a huge water park.

Adam’s favorite!

Until the next time, from Thailand!

Wonderland Scuba Diving

Labuan Bajo

After three days on a boat without a shower and with poor sleep we arrived in Labuan Bajo. We didn’t book anything before we got there so we started wandering around town together with our 90 pounds of belongings. After asking in a couple of places we found an amazing bed and breakfast; one of the best throughout our whole travels. I took a long shower that felt like heaven and rested all day with a break for dinner with our group from the boat. The next day we treated ourselves with a massage. We ended the day having dinner and beers at a bar playing live music with Leonie, Mateo, Cinzia, Julian and Rudolph. Keep reading!

Searching for Dragons (Part 3)

Komodo Dragon

Komodos only exist in Indonesia on the Komodo, Rinca and Flores Islands. There is nothing like them anywhere else in the world. Although they are mortally dangerous because of the poisonous bacteria in their saliva, there are only a couple of incidents per year. They stick to water buffalo and deer. The giant lizards kill by biting and waiting until the poison takes its effect. They follow their target until they die a week later. It was very exhilarating to see them up close. Keep reading!

Searching for Dragons (Part 2)

We made our way to Gili Bola, our first island stop, to spend the evening. (“Gili” means island in Indonesian) The highlight of that day was seeing thousands of bats flying above us at sunset. They were “flying foxes”, a species of huge fruit bats. We weren’t sure where they were going, but it was spectacular.

Flying bats at sunset

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Exploring Lombok Island

We had a great time in Bali, but as many people warned us, it was all very touristy and crowded. So looking for a more local feeling we made our way to the next island east of Bali: Lombok. We opted to pass up the flight and fast boat to Lombok options, instead joining the locals on the slow boat (ferry). This by itself was quite an experience. Aside from one other traveler, we were the only foreigners cruising on the boat.  Inside was hot, humid, crowded and smelly. We went to the deck and found a little corner underneath some shade. It cost us seven dollars total and it took five hours to get there.

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Monkeying around

One of the favorite places we visited in Bali is the monkey forest located in Ubud. Watching monkeys playing and assaulting people is hilarious and entertaining. They are smart! They go for the pockets, open bags and zippers, take sunglasses and hats, anything that they can user to barter for food… those little sneaky bastards.

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