As each day passes we are getting more and more comfortable with life abroad. We decided rent mopeds (everyone over here calls them motor bikes), and that was probably the best decision we have made on this whole trip. That decision gave us the freedom to explore where we want when we want. After about 5 minutes of practicing on the bikes, we decided that we were pro enough to take them out on the open highway. While driving here nothing is off limits, weaving in between cars, driving on the sidewalk, and on the center line of the road is all fair game. You basically use any means necessary to get in front of the cars in front of you otherwise the guy behind you will, and somehow that system works. I think it’s because everyone on the road is constantly on edge, and there is no time to zone out otherwise you’ll be a road crayon.
Our first trip on the bikes was out to Uluwtu, the Southern most tip of Bali. The bike trip was around 11 miles from out hotel, but takes 45 minutes to get there on motorbikes. Here, there is a a temple (Pura Uluwatu) that sits atop a cliff over looking the ocean. This was our first temple we have visited and it was incredible. The location of this temple was by far the highlight of this temple. After weaving through countless Asian tour groups and selfie sticks, we walked out to the furthest point of the temple and found some solitude. From here you could see the main temple and the massive 230 foot cliff. This temple was also scattered with monkeys. We saw one sang a Chinese tourist sunglasses off his head. It was a little disheartening to see the monkeys chewing on plastic bottles and trash, but my guess is that we are going to see a lot more of that.
On our way back from Uluwatu we stopped and had lunch at the most famous surf break on Bali. Only a 8 minute drive from the temple, we stopped here and had some mie gorang (fried noodles with a fried egg on top), and enjoyed a view of the surf. This restaurant was built into the hillside just above the surf break.
We made it back to the hotel and were convinced by some of our new friends to go out and drink with them. We took a cab to La Favela in Seminyak. The inside of the bar was jungle themed with tropical plants and ivy everywhere. We drank some beers, danced, and then drank some more. The club scene here is very westernized and a great way to spend a bunch of money. Don’t get me wrong, we had a blast going out but doing so every would get very expensive and old very fast.
We don’t really have any further plans from here. Just to take each day as they come, and take full advantage of any opportunities that come our way.