After we had overcome the first culture shock, we continued by driving into the interior of bali. On the way trough many small villages there are many shops where you can buy great Balinese furniture and the famous “Luwak coffee” (which is eaten by a cat-like animal and then excreted). Yummy. The countryside is still a little bit more original than the hectic coast. Surrounded by rice fields, and behind a few hills, you will find the city of Ubud, where artists and yogis meet. But like everywhere else in the world are the nice places the places everyone wants to see. Same here.
our Bungalow in Ubud:
In Ubud, in the middle of a city jungle, there is the famous Monkey Forest. It´s full of monkeys which are not afraid of human and they take away everything from the tourists which is not fixed on their backbags. 🙂 Louis finds the monkeys funny and we are particularly affected by the huge, old trees which are grown by lianas and moss. I feel a bit like Mogli here.
It must have been an amazing place before the tourist masses conquered the it and people startet to build one hotel after another. Suddenly I got jumped on by a monkey and two of them tried to attac Tom and Louis. But Tom had his knife and so our lunch was fresh and self hunted. Just a joke fromm y funny husband. I was then somehow happy when we were out again.
Although we only spent a few days in Ubud, we found that with a baby its not really funny in such a hot city and so we decided to go back to the sea. Louis needs a beach and, as it turned out later, waves to be happy.
Our next destinations were Sanur and Tanjung Benoa on the east coast, where we unfortunately found no particularly beautiful beaches.
Sanur had his high in the 90s I guess, but shame is everything as if it were from the 70s. The only bright spot was the white house right next to our place. A small restaurant run by Ega who learned his cooking skills in Melbourne and gave us very creative meals. On the third day we were already his pretenders for the new menu.
the Beach in Sanur:
In Tanjung Benoa you´re is right if you like to do water sports like jetski, bananaboot or water ski. It´s so full of boats that you can´t go for a swim. But the water ist o dirty anway.
We were a bit disappointed and so we lent a motorbike to find some nice beaches in the area. At first we had doubts as to whether we should drive the three of us, because purely safety technology is quite negligent from a European perspective. But it went surprisingly well with Louis, we simply put him into the baby carrier and he really enjoyed the drive. They would have locked us up at home! Louis loves the motorbikes and also fell asleep a couple of times.
In Nusa Dua and Jimbaran, we finally found something, here they still exist, the postcard beaches. I have already thought the travel guide photographers have either got the wrong island or did a great photoshop work!
However, in Nusa Dua unfortunately there were only hotel-owned shadow spots on the beach and also no nice cafes, which was a bit a pity. So for normal citizens like us it´s no place to be. Furthermore, the waves break very far out and the water is like a bathtub. We nevertheless dive into the wet and found a dead baby reef shark while exploring the rock wall. I guess his parents will have fun with the hundrets of surfers in the area.
Jimbaran was much more relaxed and we could chill a bit in one of the Warung, (the local restaurants) on the beach. We enjoyed a good espresso before we escaped from the approaching thunderstorm. i think ist not so funny to sit under a straw roof and count the lightnings.
After a few days on the east coast, we went back to the other side and landed in Canggu, north of Seminyak. A hip area with great surfing beaches and casual cafes and restaurants. The Balinese cuisine is quite good but somehow weh ad enough with alll the Nasi Goreng, Mie Goreng, Ayam’s and so on.
Our Canggu Food&Drink Top List:
Le petit prince:
As you can see we did not die by hunger. Louis is a small attraction whereever we go, everyone wants to take him and play with him. And so we come to enjoy a meal together without having to go for a walk with him.
We have found a great Yogaplace and I take a few hours to get back into shape and to slow down. Louis can now walk quite well. We are strained and resting still before we have to run after him! 🙂
We spent the last days again at the Kuta beach in Bali before we had our next flight to Cairns.
See you soon in Australia!!! with love Eva,Thomas & Louis