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Christmas and New Years Eve

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Selamat Tahun Baru!

In English translation a very happy new year to all of you! 3 weeks have passed since the last time I wrote and a lot of good things happened!
I left you guys in the beginning of December and now we are already in January and I am over the half of my journey in South East Asia! At this very moment of writing this blog, I am waiting to go to the airport to fly back to Holland. The details of why I am flying back earlier than planned, I will tell you guys later, but first the good stuff!

The third weekend of December, all Stenden students were invited to the first party of Waterbom! Waterbom is a water park on Bali and this seems to be one of the best water parks in the world. We had free access to all the slides for one hour and a half. This is not enough at all, but hey, it was free access and we still had a lot of fun! After this the party started. It was not really a party but more chill down with some music. However, we did had some fun. On Sunday I had the ultimate relax day. My room mate went to Lovina for the weekend and I stayed at home.

The following week we did some more school work because we wanted to have the most things finished already. On Friday everyone left the accommodation to start their vacation. I booked the Holiday Inn Resort in Kuta during the Christmas Holidays. On Friday evening almost everyone from Stenden came to La Favela, a bar/club in Seminyak which is one of my favourite! We had a good night out and lots of fun! The day after we slept in and spend an easy and relax day. On Christmas day we rented a scooter and went touring through Uluwatu. I have to say that this is one of my favourite places to go on Bali. It is known for a popular surf destination. The traffic is not that busy and the beaches and nature are absolutely beautiful! The next day were went to Ubud. I have not been to this place. It is a little bit in the middle of Bali, in between waterfalls and rice fields. After some relaxing we went for some food. The next day we rented a scooter again and went on a tour again. It was a sunny day and everything was green around us. We went to the waterfalls and drove around the area. That evening we went out for diner in a luxurious resort and this was the first time since I have been in Asia, that I have been out for diner like this. The service, the location, the food. It was perfect! The next day we relaxed a bit and we went to another accommodation in Ubud, a little bit more closer to the centre. At night we had some lovely food at a warung. I really do love fancy dining, but the food in these warungs are so extremely good. After diner we met up with other students from Grand Tour and my old neighbour in Thailand! We went for some drinks and playing pool. Then we came up with the crazy idea to climb the vulcano that very night.
At 12 we said to each other, we see each other in two hours. At 2 o'clock at night we met up at the hostel to have breakfast and to be picked up to drive to the vulcano. The vulcano that we were gonna climb is called Mt. Batur. This is an active vulcano of 1700 m above sea level. With a group of 8 people we climbed up the vulcano. It was heavy, but I expected to be a bit heavier since I have not been working out in like 6 months or so. It was pretty damn cold, however climbing up it became very hot. By the time we got on top, the wind almost blew me from the vulcano. I have to say, I am not the most active hiker. I mean I did the jungle in Thailand, but that will be the very last time. However, this vulcano I would not want to miss this for the world. The sunrise was absolutely amazing! We made lots of pictures and just enjoy the view! The way down is a bit harder than going up. After a good 2 hours we got back in the car and everyone was completely KO. When we got back at the accommodation we took a shower and went to bad immediately. I was soooo happy to see my bed again! At night we met up again with the whole group for some drinks. The next we were gonna be picked up to go to the next destination. Gili Trawangan. I heard a lot of stories of how beautiful it can be and the white sandy beaches. We booked an airbnb for new years eve. On this Island you have the feeling you are going back in time. There are no cars or scooters. Only horse carts. I did not use this, because I really felt bad for the horses... and I don't like horses. Luckily nothing is really far on this Island. For NYE another group of students were here as well so we met up for diner and afterwards I joined in my first beerpong game ever! Buttttt I did not drink the beer, because I do not like beer. The next day we spent some time walking around on the Island and on the beach and at night we went for diner with 12 people and wait till 12 o'clock. It was really nice to spend NYE on a tropical Island again. Fireworks went off and we went off bar hopping. Unfortunately this evening did not end so well for me because I got the phone call that my dear grandmother passed away. The party was immediately over and I went back home to call with Holland. I knew this could happen and it went already really bad with my grandmother, so I am actually really relieved that she is not in pain any more and she can rest in peace. The next day was a bit surreal. Someone very close to me passed away and I was laying on a white sandy beach with a cocktail in my hand. However, I am raised with the idea the you have to celebrate life no matter what. I did my best with updating her with my stories and experiences and till the very last moment she enjoyed every minute of our skype sessions and pictures I sent to her. I am very happy with the people that I had around me and I really would not know what I would have done without them.

On the second of January we had the boat back to Bali. However, we are still in Asia and the things also go the Asian way. Our trip back was with the boat to Lombok, for two hours in the bus to the ferry and then the ferry from Lombok to Bali for 5 hours! From the harbour in Bali, still and hour and a half before we got in the accommodation! We were absolutely dead when we arrived and went straight to bed. The next day we had a full relax day, went for some brunch and back to the room to chill. At night we went for diner and some lovely wines. Today I had to go to school to arrange my documents for my visa and had to unpack and pack my suitcase. For now I have to mentally prepare myself for 6 days and the cold in Holland. I am very happy to see my family again since it has been such a long time ago. I would love to see them in another circumstances but I guess this is life and life does not always comes how you want it.

Selamat Tinggal

Posted by abhofman 21:30 Archived in Indonesia

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