12.12.2016 29 °C
Once again an update from my life here on Bali! We are already in week 5. I thought the time went fast in Thailand, but here it is even more crazier how fast it is going! We haven't been travelling that much as we did in Thailand, but the time went twice as fast.
Last time I told you all about our module dinner and that we had our first surf lesson.
The module diner was very nice with the whole group. We went out for diner in a restaurant called La Hacienda. As you can already read, this is an Mexican restaurant. As soon as I stepped in I heard the salsa music and I was very happy. They also have nights where they have a live salsa band. So this is definitely a place where I need to go! After the diner we went out with a group of girls to a place called La Favela in Seminyak. I really liked this place and it felt really like we stepped into a favela. After some drinks and a little bit of dancing we went back home because the next day we had our first surf lesson. I was really looking forward to this. Bali is really an surf island. My expectations of me on a surf board was not that high, but..... I did way better than I thought! The first 5 attempts, I did not even fall into the water, but after that, you start to think more about the movements you have to do, so yess... I also made some charming falls in the water! Rest of the weekend I spent most of the time working on school.
The next day we had our first traditional Balinese massage. This was a full day of only massage class. It was really fun and I liked it waaaay more than the Thai massage. On Monday it was 'Sinterklaas' and since we are here with a lot of Dutch students, we of course celebrated that. Every had to pick a name and buy a small present for that person. The hotel arranged a buffet diner for us and after diner it was present time! We decided to make a little game of it, so the person had to describe the person they bought the present for and the other people had to guess who that was. I got 2 dream catchers, a big one and a small one. Good things, because the one on my room in Holland was very dusty, so I was very happy with my present! After this we all made a pool party of it because everyone jumped into the pool.
The most expensive month started, Christmas vacation is still coming and I am also making a trip to Sydney when my minor is finished here, so I try to watch my money as much as possible. So till the weekend I did not do a lot except for working on school. For the weekend we had a trip planned to Nusa Lembongan with a majority of the Grand Tour group. Nusa Lembongan is a small island on the east coast of Bali, only 30 minutes with the boat. Saturday morning we were picked up by mini vans to bring us to the boat and on the Island we were also picked up by jeeps to bring us to the accommodation. We really had a cute homestay. It was even better than the hotel we are in right now and it was on the beach. In the afternoon we decided to go on a boat trip and go snorkelling on 3 different points. It was great being on a boat again and being in the water. I felt completely at home again. Although Bali is an Island, it is so extremely busy, you do not even have the feeling you are on an Island. In the evening we rented 7 scooters for 14 girls and went to tour a little bit on the hunt for some food. We ended up in an restaurant looking upon a bay which was called Mushroom Beach. After some drinks back in the homestay we went to bed. The next day again we toured around the Island with the scooters and ended up at Dream beach. This was indeed a dream beach. There was a resort with an infinity pool looking upon the beach and ocean. For around €3 we rented some beds and enjoy the view. After this we toured some more and went to the other small Island. There used to be a bridge where you can go with the scooters, but this bridge collapsed, so now it is only possible to cross by boat. This boat ride is 30 seconds. The road on this small Island is a little bit more rocky and rougher. Some girls wanted to jump of a cliff. I stayed with my both feet on the ground and did not jump because I am way too pussy for this. After this we went back home, everyone was a bit sun burned and we were longing for a cold shower and air conditioning. I decided to become Rudolph the Red nose reindeer, because booooyyy my nose was redddd. My forehead as well, together with the rest of my body I guess. But hey, after red comes brown! So now the day after, I am tanned. In the evening we went out for diner and drinks with the group. The next day we arranged an earlier pick up, because there was still a lot of students who had to do some schoolwork.
We still have two weeks to go before the vacation. This weekend we have a long weekend but not really plans yet, because we want to have a lot of schoolwork done before the Christmas break. We are even more luckier, because the first day after the vacation is on a Thursday, so we almost have three weeks of vacation! My plans are too climb the vulcano, go to Ubud and the Gili Islands. furthermore, I do not want to plan too much and just see where I end up.
This time not such a long story, but that is probably because it will be next year till I write my new blog with lots of new things and pictures!