Friday, August 27, 2010

Paradise on Sale

Here we are in Sanur (Bali, Indonesia). Have been for the last four days. And tomorrow we're leaving for Ubud.

It took some time to adjust to the rhythm of things here. But once that short period was over, we found ourselves head over heels with this paradise of an island. Here's why:

We soon realized why people are raving about Bali. There are nice beaches and beautiful places to visit and certainly the food is marvelous -- and yet, what's the most amazing is how nice people are. Of course, you could say that they live off tourism, etc. But they're nice to each other as well and they're nice to you even when there's nothing to gain.

In addition, there are many things you can do (and, well, eat) for very little money. I've seen lots of expats already and from what I gather most sell up at home and their savings last forever in Bali. I wouldn't do that (I dread the rainy season), but I can see why they have. Having a huge breakfast at your hotel or at one of the many nice restaurants, then lying on a comfy sunbed in the shade of a large umbrella, sipping cocktails by on the beach. Then heading for a nice big (late) lunch of Gado Gado and fresh juices (avocado, anyone?) topped with hot pineapple fritters and vanilla ice cream. Sipping some more juice then enjoying a several hours long Balinese massage -- this is something people do here every day. I could go on doing it for months.

Of course, sometimes, you might get itchy feet, like we do. You then hire a car -- with a driver, who'll take you to many wondrous places. You can gape at the sunset at the clifftops temples of Pura Tanah Lot or Pura Luhur Ulu Watu, the latter complete with monkeys and an amazing Kecak dance. Then you can savor the beaches at Kuta (for surfers and all who love them a chic crowd) or Jimbaran (our fav) and eat off the seaside warung all the while watching the sun set above the endless waves. You can also visit the ancient palaces of Klungkung (Semarapura) and Tirta Gangga, which latter will keep you dreaming of having your own water palace one day...

And then you get back well fed and exhausted, soak your tired body in a spa or try some of the local yummies in your own bathroom. They work wondersputting your aches at rest and ensuring your beauty sleep for the next day, when all the adventures start again. ;)

Thank you for reading ;)

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