Holiday Highlight on Day 6
Day SIX and I have had a WICKED day. We had a tour run by Alam Tours. Really good stuff. I found a tour for $157 AUD for TWO which included (a) full transport (b) breakfast and lunch (c) bikes and guide, on a 27km down-hill bike ride, down a volcano (d) 2 hour white water rafting (e) 2 hour volcanic treatment, each valued at R900,000 on the Spa’s menu.
We got picked up at 7.30am and then were dropped home at 9pm. A long day. But the bike ride was amazing. The Boy kept freaking out because I get distracted by all of the animals. I love seeding chickens, pigs, frogs and dogs! We rode on and off road, through rice paddies (above) and visiting temples. I only fell over once! Sometimes the path was only 30cm wide or something and it was all slippery and scary. I’m a total baby with stuff like that! With about 30 minutes to go, the rain came and floods began. I rode through a flooded side-road and my tyres exploded. Luckily the cars following up had spare bikes so we could continue. MY BUTT IS IN AGONY.
The river rafting was so fun, and I got to see many waterfalls and frogs and birds. It was fun and exhausting.
The ending was the massage. It involved a foot massage, body and face massage, body scrub and body mask, ended with a flower bath. The spa treatment was run by Anika Spa.
Is it that much cheaper in Bali? I think most restaurants charge over half of what we pay in Aus, and the servings are much smaller. I’m a bit of a cheapo though. Most normal people would be OK with these serves and these prices!
There are people here that come from all over the world. In all honestly, I probably wouldn’t make the trip unless it was closely located to my home. There are many things I struggle with, that don’t match my introverted personality.
My observations about Bali, based on my stay, include:
~ it’s very dirty, and rubbish is everywhere. Many open sewers run parallel to the roads, though I do like to look for dead things in the sewers.
~ some kids work a lot, late into the night on the streets. I did buy one kid an icypole because it was late Sunday night and I knew he likely wouldn’t be off to school the next day. The reminder of a poverty cycle.
~ there are no road rules (although the cars/bikes ‘beep’ to let you know they’re there). Cars and bikes are everywhere, but I never see any crashes. In my home-town, I daily see several crash aftermaths. No one wears seatbelts or bike helmets. When I see a family of four with two helmet-less babies on one skooter I freak a bit.
~ you are never left alone. It’s so hard to be harassed at every second you are on the street. I get impatient, begin completely ignoring people once I tire of the continued “no thank you”!
~ those people with jobs, such as at a restaurant or massage parlour, are ridiculously nice and sweet
~there are plants everywhere, big fat bees, stray dogs