Nov 9, 2011

Day 14: Bingin & Ubud, Bali

We were VERY sad I'll tell ya, about leaving Bingin. Very sad. I remember being 12 and the last day of girls camp would come, and I would be DEVASTATED. Or being 15 and leaving EFY. Or... any other amazing vacation like Mexico or a cruise. The last day is never a fun day. Or even the night before. This doesn't even compare to those times or memories. I felt like I could live there. All I wished for was a cockroach free room and I would be set forever. Even have our babies there and start a family. We literally talked about doing just this and how we really could work where ever we please. Drew works online anyways.. and we could buy a home so quickly, in the most amazing place! BUT then we actually thought about how much we'd miss our family, especially the little ninos our siblings have. So, we left. Sad..

(Poor Drew was eaten alive by skeeters. I had maybe 2 or 3!)
These were the boys that manned the hotel. They also brought up our suitcases on our heads. They loved our music and I told them the next time we come, we will bring them their own music to keep! I felt like we were saying goodbye to old friends that we wouldn't see for a long time. But for some reason, I just know we will see them again! 
So, Putu picked us up and off to Ubud we were. We made a couple stops on the way because he likes to show people around, rather than drop us off.

First stop: a fabric-touristy place. They weave and ink and sew and patch...everything there. They make beautiful rugs and dresses...anything. Inside you can buy it all for insane amounts of money, even for us. So we left empty handed. But it was really cool to see!

After a few more stops, we finally made it to Ubud. It's the "art city" of Bali they say. They have one of the largest markets and along the nicer streets are famous australian and indonesian artists in galleries. We knew we would find a good hotel, as it was much more pricey than Bingin. So we took our time finding the perfect one for our last days in Indonesia. It took a few tries, but we finally did. That's a whole different story. 

So once we put down our bags, we went straight to find something to eat. Along the way, Drew would see cool typography, like this one below. 
I remember it was POURING rain. We were used to that at Bingin, but it was different now because we weren't at the beach. We were now in our clothes, soaking wet. So we waited it out.

Once we were done eating (not the best food, very spicy and just eh.)- we went to check out the famous market. 

When we were done with the market, we wanted to find tickets for the fire dance. It's a really popular and very tourist thing to do, but Drew was DEAD set on it because he had heard so many amazing things about it. So off we went! 

The tickets were $17 each! That was the most we would have spent this entire trip! But it was well worth it. On the tickets there were ads with discounts on the back for restaurants. We tried one of them, the one we knew would have internet service, because we had just passed it earlier. 
We didn't want to get anything big because we just had lunch, so we decided to just get desserts. Drew got some kinda mango ice cream (along with our orange shakes :) and I got black rice pudding. Have you EVER tried any sort of black rice pudding? IT'S SO GOOD! Ever since then, it's been on my mind and I really want to make it. When I do, I'll let you know how it turned out and maybe post a recipe.

Then we were off to the fire dance! It was dark by now and we were told to hurry and get good seats. We waited for a good 45 minutes in our plastic seats until it started, but it was worth it because we were RIGHT next to all the actors and fire.

Intrigued? Ya you gotta see this show for yourself! It's absolutely insane and well worth the money. I'm sure there are other places you can see this besides Bali to see it (like in the US) so look it up and go see it!

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