|3.31.12- Hanoi to Bali
- only slept 3 hours because I was up late packing and had to wake up at 5:20 to get picked up to go to the airport
- was at the airport way too early because it only took about 7 minutes from the time I got to the airport to the time I got to the gate (was at the gate 2 full hours before the flight left). Kind of dozed in the waiting area until I got on the plane
landed in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and quickly went through customs and got my luggage and checked in for my second flight
- had time to get some food before my flight to Bali
- after landing in Bali got some local currency and got a taxi to Sanur. I was relieved that the taxi driver knew where my hostel was because it's down a couple little ally roads and not the easiest thing to find.
- Got to the hostel and was happy to hear that there was there was a dorm bed available (even if it was a top bunk).
- was really tired and just took it easy. Didn't even get dinner because I was just too tired to move anywhere.
- First impressions: it's really warm and humid here. Even late at night it was so hot in the room. Also, its definitely one of the more Western developed places I've been in the past 3 months. Driving from the airport to Sanur saw lots of brand name clothing stores and outlets (especially beachwear and surf gear).
- Slept in and went to breakfast at a little pub about 10 minutes walk from the Big Pineapple Hostel. Had a huge breakfast because I was starving from not eating dinner the night before.
- Hung out at the hostel and did some research online for things to do in the area.
- Found a yoga studio nearby so decided to head over there to check it out and get the schedule
- Walked about 25 minutes to the studio. The street running parallel to the beach is one of the main areas here in Sanur and it is lined with shops, restaurants and hotels (mostly little shops). Lots of dresses, bags and other souvenirs.
- The yoga studio, called Manik Organic, was really cute. Got a schedule and decided I would go to a 9 am class the next morning.
- Went to a huge local department store and bought some loose pants that I can wear to yoga (don't have any yoga appropriate bottoms with me). On the way back stopped for lunch and had delicious chicken satay with peanut sauce.
- Stopped at the beach on the way back and hung out and read just for an hour or so.
- Back at the hostel met a girl from Baltimore (Jeannette) who said she was heading to Ubud tomorrow afternoon and she said I was welcome to join her. She's a really sweet girl and has been teaching in Bangkok for the past 10 months. She also has a boyfriend at home so we could commiserate with each other in that department. Since I've heard there are a ton of things to do in Ubud (especially good yoga classes) and I wasn't sure if I wanted to stay in Sanur that long, I decided I would go with her the next day. She said she'd come with me to the yoga class in the morning and then we would go on the bus to Ubud in the afternoon.
- Jeannette and I went out to dinner at a local place just a few minutes walk from the hostel. It's always an adventure getting places here because you have to cross the highway to get anywhere and there is no cross walk. There is just a highway with a big divider in the middle. It's definitely Frogger. You have to run to the center divider as soon as there is a break in the traffic, then wait on the divider until there is an opening in the traffic on the other side, jump down and run across. Last night when I got to the hostel I asked if there were any good places around to eat and the woman responded “well how do you feel about crossing the highway at night?” haha. And that's when I decided just to skip dinner in my exhausted state.
- Dinner was really good- the fruit juice in Bali is really delicious. They blend up the fruit juice with ice and probably some sugar to make it more like a smoothie. The pineapple juice I got with dinner was amazing. After dinner we headed back to the hostel and went to bed.