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Monday, August 27, 2012

Bali trip top 10

Jeff and I were so lucky to get to spend 9 days in Bali and what an amazing trip it was. We spent 3 nights on a small island called Nusa Lembongan, then went to Ubud for 4 nights, and finished the trip with 2 nights in the surf town Uluwatu. Bali is less than a 2 hour flight from Jakarta, but what a contrast! Although we loved every minute of the trip we opted to do a top 10 countdown of our favorite parts. So here goes...

10. Traditional Balinese dance performance in Ubud: Each dance tells a story and luckily they gave us a cheat sheet. The costumes were so beautiful.

9. Surfing at Padang Padang beach with coconuts on the beach to rehydrate. My surfing involved mostly falling over and leisurely paddling, but Jeff caught some good waves. Here's a view from above the surf spot the next morning.

8. Tie: between 90 minute yoga class at The Yoga Shack and 80 minute Balinese massages for $11 each.

7. Besakih Temple: The largest temple complex in Bali.

6. Sunset and drinks at El Kabron: this restaurant sits on a cliff overlooking the ocean. We were lucky to score a great seat on one of the couches.

5. Motor biking around the rice fields. My job was reminding Jeff to stay on the left side.

4. Snorkeling on Nusa Lembongan. It was hard to believe how colorful the fish and coral were. We could have filmed a Planet Earth episode!

3. Balinese cooking class. We made balinese sauce, chicken sate, fish wrapped in banana leaf, yellow rice, urab (veggies w/spicy sauce and coconut), and coconut pancakes. The food was so tasty and I can't wait to try the recipes at home!

2. Strolling throug the rice fields and dinner at Sari Organic. The walk to the restaurant was so beautiful that we had to repeat it the next night. These must be the world's luckiest chickens.

1. Getting to know some great new friends. Frankly we've been missing our standing Friday night dinner/drinks outings. It was so nice to connect with such a fun crowd.

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