One Week in Bali 🏄

One Week in Bali 🏄

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Places I checked out during my week in Bali, traveling with a backpack and an aggressive plan. Here's the full story: www.rajahamid.com/week-in-bali

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    Kicked off and ended my trip here. The airport is pretty well-run and there isn't anyone blatantly trying to con you from your money. If it's your first time, be prepared for the overwhelming friendliness of the Balinese people. Somehow I got away with not paying for my visa on arrival! Here's the full story: www.rajahamid.com/week-in-bali
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    I woke up early on my last morning in Bali so I could explore Devil's Tear, an area of Lembongan where it was common to see and feel a battering of waves on the rocky cliffs. I had the entire area to myself early in the morning, listening and breathing in the impressive roar and overwhelming mist of the ocean. I had no idea that in a few minutes I'd get into an accident that threatened to ruin my entire trip. Here's the full story: www.rajahamid.com/week-in-bali
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    I made friends with another traveler, Natalia, from Argentina, nearby at Secret Beach. She was travelling alone and I asked if she had seen the rest of the island. We made our way to Blue Lagoon, which was an absolutely breathtaking view. Here's the full story: www.rajahamid.com/week-in-bali
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    I had one of the best meals of my life at Warung Bambu on the northern coast of the island. While waiting for the red snapper grilled in a banana leaf to be made, I jumped into the water and cooled off. I sipped out of a coconut and couldn't imagine myself happier on my last full day in Bali. Here's the full story: www.rajahamid.com/week-in-bali
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    I went from being in an incredibly depressed mood from lack of money to being absolutely elated as soon as I saw Lembongan Island. I was in high spirits on a motor bike, circumnavigating the island and trailing along the coastline as much as possible. I did notice that no one on the island had helmets on, and I suspected it was because there were no cars at all on the island. Here's the full story: www.rajahamid.com/week-in-bali
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    My plan in the morning was to do my first ever yoga class on the beach at sunrise. Despite my best intentions, I wasn't able to relax. My thoughts drifted to things like to my injured foot, and whether I was certain I had enough money to pay for this class. At the end of the class I think I did feel more at ease and calm. Here's the full story: www.rajahamid.com/week-in-bali
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    Had a quiet dinner here, and seated myself for optimal people watching. The food was quite good, and I ended up exercising my French with some tourists at a nearby table. Here's the full story: www.rajahamid.com/week-in-bali
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    On the drive to Sanur, we stopped by Tanah Lot right at sunset. While I napped in the car, Made was driving like a madman to reach the temple in time. At the end, I didn't feel like it was worth it unfortunately. Here's the full story: www.rajahamid.com/week-in-bali
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    My driver suggested we eat the regional specialty of Ayam Betutu. Normally I dislike eating food that requires picking at bones with forks and knives, but it was expected that we would eat with our hands. I took comfort in this, since it was how I had grown up eating at home. I still crave this dish of heavily-spiced steamed chicken from time to time. Here's the full story: www.rajahamid.com/week-in-bali
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    No matter what everyone else tells you about lazy tourists on horses, don't listen to them. Time is precious and spending 45 minutes in ankle-deep sand while breathing it all in is foolish. For just $3 you can get there in 10 minutes. For smart negotiation, only pay for a one-way ride. On the way back, you'll have bargaining power against the locals waiting to get back to the parking area. Here's the full story: www.rajahamid.com/week-in-bali
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    The climb to the top of Mount Bromo isn't too bad. But you'll be greeted with the hard stench of sulfur when you reach the top. Along the way you'll encounter locals selling things like instant noodles and drinks. Here's the full story: www.rajahamid.com/week-in-bali
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    Stayed here for a few hours of sleep before waking up for a sunrise hike. Had all the basic amenities that I'd need, but my favorite part was the food stand right outside. Had a cheap meal of Mie Goreng (egg noodles in a curry-like gravy) to warm me up. It gets pretty cold at night, but fortunately you can rent winter jackets from the hotel. Here's the full story: www.rajahamid.com/week-in-bali
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