Hello there stranger! I say this too myself since it’s been so long since I last blogged.. but I must say, I did pick a good time to return so I can tell you all about our recent trip to Bali.
This trip was our first overseas trip together; child-free and newly engaged. We decided to embark on this trip as a duo to celebrate our engagement instead of having a engagement party here in Aus. We figured we are already gonna spend enough money on our friends and family on our wedding day so those buggers ain’t getting a double dip 😏 (engagement/wedding party prices are insane!! However that rant can wait for another post).
Anxious and excited we egerily boarded our 6hr red-eye flight from Brisbane; in which Josh ran ahead of me to claim MY window seat… 😒 YES, he’s that guy that has to always have the window seat. Meanwhile I was seated next to a guy that was boarderline psycho! I am already a bit of a nervous flyer and had to be put next to a man that was talking to himself and continually checking the flight plan….anxiety levels were through the roof!! Neverless we touched down in Bali safe and sound with only minor turbulence.
After a long wait through customs we were finally on our way to the hotel, Mecure Legian. Weary from our travels we decided we would get a good nights sleep and start our venturing the next day.
We spent the day getting lost in the never ending alley ways, sipping on bintangs and bartering with the local shops.
We visited all the well known hotspots of Bali with our favourite being Potato Head and Poppies. It was nothing but sun, cocktails and Nasi Goreng. Bliss.
If the first day wasn’t eventful enough the following day we really put our little tourist hats on. What was on the agenda? Temples, monkey forests, rice fields and waterfalls. With a couple of sore heads we were up bright and early with our personal driver Tommy, for the day.
This day was by far my personal highlight. I have been to Bali once before but never experienced the beautiful scenery this country has to offer. Everything was so green! And although it’s a very highly populated destination it still had a feeling of being untouched.
Our first stop was the Monkey Forest in Ubud. Excited, we pulled up, bought our tickets and made our way through the entrance. Reading the information pamphlet I was looking forward to seeing some of the “600 monkey residents” that called this forest home.
After about 5mins in the forest I decided this place was actually terrifying! I soon found myself surrounded by trees of monkeys; jumping at every little movement. Sure, they looked cute from a distance but when they are darting here, swinging there and jumping everywhere around you, you suddenly feel you could be the next thing they want to land on! I told myself … “just don’t make eye contact”. Josh of course found this rather amusing; watching me scampering through the pathways trying to ‘dodge’ every monkey in my path whilst making these rather embarrassing squealing noises as I went along 😬
This photo makes me laugh! 😂 This is me getting ‘close’ to the monkeys. Careful; these guys were about to pounce!
All in all it was really fun. I feel like you can’t go to Bali and not experience the monkey forest… no matter how terrifying.
Our next stop was the temples. Yes more temples however these ones weren’t over run by monkeys. To enter you were required to wear a sarong to cover up. A respect thing I assume.
Josh: “Do you think this sarong looks more manly?”
Our trip was going great! We were having such a nice time being in each other’s company but we were both missing our little man so much! We decided that day we would never do another holiday without him. We just always had that feeling that something was missing.
The next few days we shopped, surfed, got completely toasted in the sun and had more.. you guessed it; cocktails 🍹 aside from Josh coming down with a horrible case of Bali Belly the trip was fantastic! I guess it’s not the whole Bali experience unless you get Bali belly. *fuck you iceberg lettuce*
Next holiday this little cutie is definitely coming with us!