Birthday in Bali

Here’s to the end of my writing hiatis.   In September, following our trip to Bali, Indonesia, I began an online course to become a Certified Health Coach. As a reult, writing has taken a back seat.  However, much has happened in our lives and I now have about 10 blogs waiting to be written!  I realized I still hadn’t finished writing about this trip so that’s what I’ll focus on today.

In my last blog, I shared our experience hiking to the top of an active volcano to watch the sunrise on our last day.  We both agree that was the highlight of our trip, but there are many other things we enjoyed as well.

We stayed at the Westin in Nusa Dua, a lovely hotel on the beach surrounded by plenty of great restaurants.

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imageThe walk-way next to the water (see above) extends for miles along the ocean, with restaurants and hotels all along the way. We loved walking along the beach, especially at night.

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The courtyard in our hotel…

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Local merchants walk up and down the beach selling their wares to tourists:

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Dan found a couple opportunities to break out some cool frisbee moves:

A foreign sign to Minnesotans!

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We took a taxi to find some great local food…

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Fantastic Indonesian Satay!

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The next day we hired a driver to take us to Ubud- a couple hours drive from Nusa Dua to see the Monkey Forest and to have lunch in a rice paddy field. We stopped along the way to tour a factory where they make gold and silver jewelry….

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We passed a traditional Indonesian wedding party along the way:

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We also stopped at a shop to see how they make batik fabrics:

Ubud is a quaint little town with lots of little shops and cafes…

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The Monkey Forest is actually a temple, which somehow we missed when researching it.  We did enjoy seeing the monkeys but it felt very spiritually dark and oppressive so we didn’t stay long.

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After the Monkey Forest we stopped at a local restaurant in a rice paddy field.  It was beautiful- our favorite part of our day in Ubud!  We ate lunch over looking the fields.

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The next day we had a relaxing day at the beach.  We rented a cabana bed, ordered foofy drinks and appetizers and read books. It was a perfect day with a gentle breeze coming off the ocean.

Our stunning view:

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Just hanging out together…

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Bali is absolutely beautiful and a birthday memory I will always cherish.  Thank you Dan…I love you!

 

 

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