18.02.2014 - 21.02.2014 32 °C
From late Feb to early March, we had 2 weeks in wonderful Bali. I cannot begin to describe how wonderful that country is. However, I will try to share a few memories. We started off staying 5 days in Ubud at an amazing place called Alam Jiwi. I can only say that if you google it, the pictures shown are exactly like it was.
The most peaceful serene oasis to start our holiday. We stayed in the Casawara Room and overlooked the stream and the rice paddies. We had the largest apartment/room/balcony/bathroom that we have been in to date! The only small disadavantages were that internet was not good (for 3 days anyhow, then they did something) and that the room had no TV. I know, I know....but a little distraction would have been nice. The breakfasts that were part of the package were freshly made and very very enjoyable. You can only shop, eat and read for so long!
While here, we decided to take the trip and climb the volcano, Mt. Batur. We arose at 2:30, met our transport and travelled for an hour or so, arriving at the parking lot around 3:45 to start our climb. We were assigned a climbing guide, whom of course, I have now forgotten his name! He was such a good chatty lad and I am sure he saved my life several times. We walked and walked and finally arrived at the base of the volcano where we started our climb. Wow, that was a climb. Have you ever done the stair climber for 2 hours....having to watch for your next step all the time....oh, and using a flashlight too!! Yep, there were many times I wanted to just quit but what was the alternative....going back down the steps!! So, the guide took my hand and assisted me about half way to the viewing point. It was tough and at times, I needed to stop for a break...BUT...those 20 year olds who didn't want to stop for a breather....ya, well, we passed them further up...HA! HA! At the top, our guide cooked us an egg sandwich in a little hut and along with the rest of the morning's climbers, we watched the sunrise. It was really nice! After our break, we took to working our way down. I thought this would be the easy route..........NOT! Going down can be just as hard as going up...oh, my poor knees! We finally made it to some somewhat level broken down ash and continued downhill....however, walking downhill on tiny rocks can be just as tough and you must be careful!
We enjoyed our adventure and it was very interesting to look back at the volcano that we climbed once the daylight approached. Walking in the dark can be pretty deceiving and maybe it was a good thing it was dark when we started. It was fairly tough for this old lady!!
We didn't visit the Monkey Forest cause every walk downtown took us by the perimeter of the Forest and we saw enough monkeys to last a lifetime. We didn't need to go in where they jump on you and steal your baubles..lol Off to Sanur