TBT: I’ve been to Bali too!

There was a bad song in the 80’s that comes to mind when I think of Bali. I, like a lot of my friends have avoided going to there. As soon as I think about it, I’m reminded of my fellow countryman that go to that Indonesian Island on mass, and behave very badly. So here I am, in my 40’s, and never been. I have a friend who has lived there for some time, and he has asked me several times to go and visit. So this time I swallowed my stubbornness, and booked flights to Bali.

As the date comes closer, I’d pretty much talked myself out of going, but I’m so glad I went. Yes there are the crowds, and back packers falling out of every cheap bar, but it’s more than that. There is a peacefulness here, even within the chaos. I remembered what it was like to have a week off, and do very little. Bali is terrific for that.
Highlights

Tanah Lot
This beautiful site featuring the famous floating temple. Is incredible. Yes it is busy, but it makes up for it by it’s stunning location. The temple appears to float on water at high tide, but the rest of the time it’s a rocky crag, and shelf on the edge of the ocean.

Ubud – Sacred Monkey Forrest
Once again very touristy. Once you are in the Forrest however you forget that other people are there. You also get the added benefit of watching people scream and run away from the very insistent monkey who are after food. It makes for a very entertaining afternoon.

GWK Cultural Park
Large Hindu statues abound in this place. Spend some time walking around, and just soaking up the beauty of this place. It is worth while hanging around, and going to one of the presentations in the courtyard.

Everything Else
Cheap massages (2 hours for 15 dollars), great food, friendly people, and warm (I was there in dry season) weather used up the rest of my time here. It ended way too quickly, and I do want to go back, and explore some more. I really understand how people get hooked on this place.

Recommendation
Stay away from Kuta as much as you can. There are plenty of other better places to go visit.

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