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Part 3: Ubud Edition – Of Why You Should Immediately Empty Your Bank Account And Go To Bali Right Now

June 24th, 2013 · Indonesia · By: Casi

The finale of this 3 Part series (See Part 1 here and Part 2 here) ends in Ubud, Bali. Ubud was the first place on our trip I really didn’t want to leave. I remember actually being sad our last few hours there as we ate at a beautiful Kafe (it was actually called Kafe with a K…I haven’t gone all Kardashian on you) sipping iced coffee with a beautiful flower in it. Everyone around us was sipping their own latte or tea and reading a book or writing on their laptops (they were probably just on Facebook but I like to think that I was hanging out with sophisticated poets or writers on their second book). There are a lot of expats from all over the world in Ubud doing yoga, enjoying the cafes, walking through the rice fields, reading by the pool at their insanely cheap villa, talking with the monks, eating the delicious food, and just enjoying the peace that is in the air in Ubud. I think the trees and flowers let off all this peace air filling people with happiness and everywhere we looked people were smiling.

Here are the top few reasons (of about a million) I will definitely be going back to Ubud, Bali:

The green in Ubud is so much more green than any green I have ever seen. Everywhere you look there is green. Even in the city center people fill their homes and stores with plants and flowers. Step one foot out of the city center and you are surrounded by rice fields as far as the eye can see.

Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali

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Part 2: Gili Trawangan Edition – Of Why You Should Immediately Empty Your Bank Account And Go To Bali Right Now

June 19th, 2013 · Indonesia · By: Casi

After we explored Kuta and Jimbaran (see part 1) we hopped on a $5 bus that took us an hour and a half north to Ubud. Ubud is where I officially fell in love with Bali. So, to keep you in suspense I’m waiting until Part 3 to talk all about this heaven on Earth.

Part 2 I take you on our journey to Gili Trawangan, one of three small islands off the coast of Lombok (Bali’s neighbor island). We basically knew nothing about Gili Trawangan other than it is one of the places that the bus company we took (and every other bus company for that matter) advertised as a major destination. We also started to hear from people around us the first few days in Bali that it is THE place to go diving. Greg has been wanting to learn to dive, and snorkeling with the whale sharks in the Philippines sealed the deal that he would definitely be doing it as soon as possible. So we went!

From Ubud, we hopped on a bus to the port and sat on top of a boat with the luggage to Gili Trawangan. At first I wasn’t so happy about having to sit on top of a pile of backpacks, but then I looked up and saw the blue sea and sky and was like, ok this is cool!

Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

Driving (boating?) up to the island, we knew we made the right decision to come here! We found our hotel which also happened to be Greg’s dive school, Big Bubble Dive and Bungalows. Threw our bags down and went on a mission for food. We didn’t go far because the restaurant right next door to our hotel had this awesome view (we later found that every restaurant has this view) so we sat down and enjoyed our first night on Gili T. That’s what the cool people call it.

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Part 1 Of Why You Should Immediately Empty Your Bank Account And Go To Bali Right Now

June 17th, 2013 · Indonesia · By: Casi

Bali is my absolute favorite place we have been on this trip so far. So I have a little 3 part blog series to go over all the reasons why it’s the most amazing place on the planet and to convince you that it is a VERY good idea to buy your ticket there right now. A quick search on the internets and I found you a 31 hour travel day, with 3 stopovers, for a mere $2,182*! It’s roundtrip and you get to stop in Sydney, Australia on your way home! Totally worth it. I think you’ll agree after these next 3 posts.
(*We paid $82 for a direct flight from Singapore…Just a bit of a difference!)

    Part 1 of Why You Should Immediately Empty Your Bank Account And Go To Bali Right Now

I’ll never forget the day we arrived in Bali. Our Airbnb host graciously picked us up at the airport and took us to his home where we would be staying for the next few days. Our host, Aron, then showed us to his favorite restaurant that was right on the beach, he ordered an amazing dinner and a bottle of wine for us, and left us to enjoy our first evening in Bali in the warm sand. It all felt like it went so fast. One minute we were going through one of those dreaded travel days that we have grown to ditest so much, and the next we had met the nicest man in Bali and were eating a feast under the moon. Another bonus to the night…Aron new the restaurant owners and we got a major discount on our meal. Sweet!

Jimbaran and Kuta in Bali, Indonesia

Although we were only at Aron and his wife, Roxanne’s, home for a couple days we immediately became family with them. They made us a delicious breakfast every morning. We talked over coffee and tea for hours. Aron speaks English very well, and he loved to practice with us to get even better. Roxanne spoke very little English, but when we came back to see them 2 weeks later before we left Bali she had already learned so much! I can’t wait to meet her again and be able to have a full conversation with her.

Jimbaran and Kuta in Bali, Indonesia

Their home is absolutely amazing. All the small details and the pool and the outdoor living style. I could see Greg and I being the next Aron and Roxanne someday. They are our Bali family and I can’t wait to go back and visit them.

Our next full day in Bali we did a little exploring and wound up finding Greg’s favorite beach! I liked the beach too, but I’m a Thailand girl when it comes to awesome beaches!

Jimbaran and Kuta in Bali, Indonesia

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Photo of the Week: Week 10 It’s Days Like These I Miss Home

June 14th, 2013 · Photo of the Week, Thailand · By: Casi

Note: We’re actually on week 11, but I’m catching up…

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Today is a big day for these 3 ladies!

My mom turns 30 today (again).
My little sister (who is actually not so little and is like a foot taller than me) graduates from High School.
And I get to say that I have lived in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Mama, today is the biggest for you today because not only are you another year wiser, your two favorite people (Me and Marisa…duh!)(I won’t tell everyone who the actual favorite one is…but I’m sure you can guess) are having big days too. Days we will remember forever. Marisa graduates high school today and the whole fam is there to celebrate it! Well, almost the whole fam. This is why I miss home the most today. It’s not everyday we are all together, and the one super happy day everyone is home celebrating and I am missing out. It makes me sad, but I hope you all know I am there in spirit and screaming Marisa’s name and singing Happy Birthday to you here from Thailand. It’s going to be weird when we are the same age in less than 2 years, but people will believe it since I’m sure you will forever get your favorite compliment when people see us together, “You girls look like sisters! Not mother and daughter!”

Marisa, Little Sister, you will forever make me feel old

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That Time I Got Locked Out Of Our Bungalow In My Underwear

June 4th, 2013 · RTW Trippin', Thailand · By: Casi

I’m skipping ahead real quick because I have wifi and if I don’t tell you now I’ll probably never tell you about that time I got locked out of our bungalow in my underwear.

That time was last night. We just arrived in Koh Tao and went straight to put our bags in our fan only room (NO AIRCON ROOM PLEASE SOMEONE KILL ME! Or at least dump a bucket of ice cold water on me). It’s a free room, so we’ll suffer for the two nights we got free, but we’re totally upgrading to aircon tomorrow. We stayed in the room about 3.5 seconds before we decided we had to get the heck out of there. So we went to grab a drink and dinner and we basically closed down the restaurant we were at because it was right on the ocean with a good breeze going (natural aircon). When we were forced to go back to our room we got into our pj’s which for me consisted of a black t-shirt and these underwear…

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Very appropriate for what happens next.

It was dark and late out so I didn’t see any harm in hanging out on our porch for a bit in my not so covered up attire. Then the world started to go in slow motion when I let go of the door handle to close it so the bugs wouldn’t get in our room (being hot and eaten to death by mosquitos sounded like a horrible way to sleep). I’m pretty sure I yelled “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!” And I turned around to hear Greg say “That didn’t just happen, did it?!” And I responded with, “I’m not wearing any pants.” After trying to break the door down without actually breaking it, we decided Greg should go look for someone who can help. We chose him for obvious reasons….remember….I’M NOT WEARING PANTS!!!

At this point, time starts going very slow again because it feels like Greg had been gone for at least 12 hours and I was still pantsless, so I put my thinking cap on and started looking around for a hanger or something thin and sturdy I could try to jimmy the door open with. Then I saw a bucket with a thin metal handle and was like….look at me! I’m smart! And then I quickly remembered after trying to get the handle off the bucket that I’m not actually James Bond or MacGyver or any of those other guys who could have probably unlocked the door with a leaf or a blade of grass (which there were plenty of outside our door). So I sat back down trying to stretch my t-shirt into a dress and waited for Greg to come back.

He did eventually come back (and now my shirt is all weirdly stretched out), and he came back with a knife he randomly found behind another bungalow. I don’t even want to know why it was there. He then proceeded to put the blade between the door where the lock is and barely moved it before the door immdeiately popped open. He then did a victory dance which I would have joined in with him if I WAS WEARING PANTS! Instead I ran inside covering my behind and put some pants on like a decent human being!

Later I found out that while Greg was out looking for our hotel manager he got to talking with some guys who work at a tattoo shop near the front of our hotel. They told him that it was the manager’s birthday and she was out celebrating. They told him to sit down with them and have a beer while he waits for her to come back, but then he told them that his wife was locked out too sitting on the front porch and she isn’t wearing pants. They all got a good laugh and I learned that pants are a very important part of life.

Now, please, someone, ANYONE, tell me you have been stranded without pants before….stories where you actually got caught without pants by someone unsuspecting are greatly appreciated!

Casi


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