Ian & Jen's South America & Southeast Asia Adventure 2011/12 travel blog

Death Penalty

 

Mmmmm Beer!

I won! I won! I won!

Bday cake

Cannon Ball!!!!!!!

God I love Beer

Going out

 

Nyepi parade

NYEPI parade

Nyepi parade

Nyepi

Nyepi

View from our room

 

Nusa Lembongan

New room

Ouch!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Traveling is HARD!!!!

 

When the tide goes down everyone goes out to harvest seaweed


March 20 Bali

We arrived in Bali and began "our holiday". After many months of moving every other day we were excited to stay in one place for awhile with little interest in sight seeing, only relaxation and sun! Unfortunately we were plagued the first couple of days with rain and then we found out about a little event called "Nyepi New Year". It turns out that once a year the Balinese people have a festival filled wih many events at the temples and parades symbolizing chasing demons away from the island. Turns out the day following is silent day. No one including tourist are able to go outside or make any noise. The rules are as follow; 1- No fire or light 2- No working 3- No travelling 4- No self entertainment. This was to fool any remaining demons into thinking no one lived there so they would leave. This meant staying inside our hotel all day, the TV channels were turned off, we could only have the bedside lights on in our room, and make little noise as possible. Luckily we had a nice little hotel with a pool and we stocked up on DVDs the day before. If you tried to leave your house or hotel there were special police to escort you back to where you were staying! The whole island was dead silent and was like a ghost town!

We stayed on Seminyak Beach but the waves were no good for surfing and the weather wasn't great so we hoped on a boat and headed to Nusa Lembongan, a small island just south east of Bali.

Wow what a difference! The island was beatiful! After a small curfluffle with our first hotel we checked into Lembongan Reef Villas. We had an amazing view from our little villa and we were only a five minute walk to awesome waves! Ian learned real quick that +50 waterproof sunscreen does little when surfing for 2 hours near the equator line. Ouch! He was a lobster! The waves were amazing and totally worth the pain. We decided to try out scuba diving, Jen was reallly scared to start but was loving it by the end and Ian had a hard time with his ears so had to call it quits on the second dive. All in all we had a wonderful time on Nusa Lembongan we would highly recomend it. If you want a ridiculously beautiful place, laid back with good food, then Nusa Lembongan is the place for you!

Next destination Phuket Thailand!!!



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