August 1, 2016

Bali - Part I

Oh, Bali. Where do I begin? This trip was nothing short of spectacular - from old friends to new friends to sweet memories that will be forever. It was the best friend-cation this girl's heart could ask for!

We were there for 7 days and we filled a lot in those seven days. So  to recap the trip I had to split up the post into three parts. So stay tuned for part 2 and 3.

The picture above was us in pure excitement on our way to the airport {:ear piercing shrieks included:}. Mo├»se doesn't look so excited, but thats because he didn't get to come...but we let him drive all the ladies to the airport so he should have been way happier than this. Don't you think? 

Anyway, we boarded the plane on time but then ended up sitting on the plane for two hours before we actually took off. It was chilly and windy that day and therefore only one runway was open. So we not so patiently waited, but there were 8 of us on this flight so we got up, walked around, played musical chairs and just made the best of the delay and the 6 1/2 hour plane ride. 

We got to the villa later than anticipated because of the delay and then a second delay waiting on a terminal to unload at for another hour in Bali. When we got there we basically looked around our villa, said hello to our housemom, ordered food and crashed. 

The next day we ventured out to Padang Padang beach and did some paddle boarding while one of the guys went surfing.

The best part of the day might have been riding on the scooters. All the girls paired up with a guy and we had a blast {:well, some of us:} riding through the streets of Bali on the scooters. The road rules are basically all mild suggestions in Bali. Cars make their own lanes, drive on the other side of the road, and violate traffic lights on the it makes scootering there a bit more of an adventure.

As you may see in her face, Meg was one of the less excited scooter riders.

Our scooter parade

After a bite out for a late lunch we came back to hangout poolside at our villa. Not a bad gig if you ask me. Oh, and did I mention that our personal chef was in the kitchen cooking up a massive seafood feast while this shot was taken? Yea, we were living the dream!

There is no evidence of the calamari, fish, or massive amounts of shrimp that filled our long banquet table, and that is because we were all too busy devouring it. The cooks were also always so kind to me and would make me my own little plate each meal with meat that was prepared in a way I could eat it on my AIP diet and without seasoning.

Day 2 was our first excursion day. After the staff at the villa made us breakfast we had a party bus pick us up for a day of exploring. The first place we went to was the Tegenungan Waterfall. It was a hike down to it, but it was worth it and so fun because we got to walk behind the waterfall and even walk through it {:well, more like it shoots you through it because of the pressure:}

So much fun!
Our next stop was in Ubud - the monkey forest. This sounded better in my head than it actually played out. I thought it sounded like so much fun until monkeys were everywhere and jumping on you and grabbing on to your clothes in hopes of a banana. Nonetheless, it was still fun and we laughed until we cried at people's reactions when the monkeys would unexpectedly jump on their head. 

We made a few friends

Monkey Temple
Look at that cute baby!!

Stay tuned for part 2 and 3 of my Bali vacation.

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