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My Bali Adventures. Food & Flora..and a Bat

Food, Fruit and Flowers

If you don’t like coconuts then maybe Bali isn’t a place for you :)) Almost everything there is either cooked with coconuts or made from coconuts! They grow everywhere and you can either drink coconut water out of a young coconut or get a ‘normal’ coconut!

Cows are sacred animals in Bali (Hinduism). When I asked the driver why they were sacred he said that cows were like mother figures, taking care of all the people so you obviously wouldn’t want to eat your mother ;)) There’s not much cow milk on the island, mainly coconut and soya milk, that’s why ice cream is all exported from abroad and costs pretty much the same as in the UK. You can get local yummy coconut or fruit lollies made with coconut milk a bit cheaper though.

I spent most of my time in Ubud and as I’ve mentioned before, many places there were vegan or vegetarian. You could get delicious fresh juices and smoothies of all kinds as well as alcoholic drinks (I wasn’t drinking while on the retreat).

Food was delicious and no wonder it was so easy to be a vegan over there: it didn’t cost a lot and the choice was amazing!

I would say that £12 would buy you a very decent almost 2 course meal and a drink. Some people stay away from ice and salad when in Bali as they might be washed in dirty water. I had both and was ok, but I also did eat in good restaurants. Maybe when it comes to street food and suspiciously looking places avoiding ice and salads could be a good idea.

The most popular fruit are dragon fruit, mango, jack fruit, papaya, little bananas, snake fruit and of course coconuts! Needless to say they taste way better than the ones from UK supermarkets.

Jack fruit

The Bali flora is totally amazing! So many colours and shapes and smells! I don’t know the names of all these flowers, but they were all stunning!!

Oh and I also came across a bat size of a dog while in Ubud. It was the freakiest most unusual creature I have ever seen! The wings looked so artificial and when it was moving and yawning it looked like a fox! So bizarre!

Bali is very green and reminded me a bit if Scotland (minus weather!). To see secluded untouched beaches you would need to travel to the neighbouring islands, because most of the southern beaches are too noisy and touristy.

Having been once I know now what I would like to see next time: I would definitely travel to the nearby islands to swim with turtles and to snorkel; I would take a trip to see a magnitude of waterfalls in the jungle and I would also probably crash in Ubud for a few days to do yoga, dances and eat delicious food and meet some like minded yogis!

If you have been to Bali and have any recommendations please post on here – I’d love to hear from you!

Up until next time,

Love and hugs,

Natallia xxx

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My Bali Adventures. Day 6

Monkey Forest in Ubud!!

The place was on my list of things to see before I even left for Bali! Saying that, I changed my mind numerous times whether I wanted to go there or not as I was a bit scared of the monkeys!

I had no vaccinations done before going to Bali so was very aware of all the animal world of the island! Talking about animals, I haven’t met many cats there at all and Bali dogs were totally Zen! Whether it was the smells of the incense sticks or the prayers or the heat.. or the combination of all of them.. they were totally harmless and wouldn’t even move out of your way either out of laziness or the heat!

Monkeys though were a completely different kettle of fish! The sign at the entrance stated to have no jewellery, no glasses, no food and warned against looking them in the eye! So you can imaging that when we entered the jungle I was a bit on edge.

It all turned out to be pretty safe. There were hundreds of monkeys in the jungle of all sizes, ages and shapes. Baby monkeys were super cute and it was really cool to observe them eating, playing and having fun!

The jungle was amazing though! It has a little river and a mini waterfall, as well as loads of beautiful trees!

The whole experience was great and it was so good to see monkeys living in the wild with no cages or restrictions! I’m not a big fan of Zoos as I don’t like seeing animals locked up in cages – it was a completely different story seeing them run around free and happy and it felt good to be there!

It takes just over an hour to go around the place. There are a couple of temples in the jungle, loads of paths and loads of greens! It is very safe as long as you don’t feed the monkeys and there are a lot of staff all over the place as well.

Monkeys also come out of the jungle and you can see them on the cables above your head or out and about munching on fruit and whatever else they can get hold of!

Another fab experience and a great day out!

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My Bali Adventures. Day 3

At last I am in Bali!!

I arrived to my accommodation – Puri Cendana Resort in Seminyak only at 6am on Saturday and set my alarm clock for 9am to have at least some sleep before my first day in Bali!

The place did look beautiful at night, but nothing in comparison to the way it looked in the morning! I walked to the restaurant surrounded by green trees and other plants as well as numerous statues! Everything was so green and pure!!After having some fruit for breakfast I headed to the beach! I love water and warm sand.. It was so good to chill for a couple of hours on the beach in between playing with the waves and drinking coconut water out of a young coconut while listening to my audiobook! I think I overdid it a bit and overestimated the whiteness of my skin .. My legs and upper body is lobster colour now!

Oh and there are 2 dogs living at the resort and I dare say their diet isn’t just rice and water. I haven’t caught them moving yet – all they do is sleeping (as well as obviously eating unless it’s just a water retention thing :))

And then I went to check out the surroundings. The whole street was like a pretty much big market with everyone selling almost the same stuff. You can easily take the price down to 50% in any of these market shops. Good thing I read about it before going to Bali otherwise I’d be paying full price there!

And the traffic is proper mental here! Nobody cares about zebra crossings – it is like a sea of scooters and taxis and all of them are beeping and all of them are so in your face offering a ride that it becomes really uncomfortable.

It was quite cool to see the village of Seminyak, although not that cool to be barked by a stray dog and be pestered by all the market people and the transport. I bought a few bits and bobs and had a delicious coconut and dragon fruit ice cream with fresh mango.

The highlight of the evening was a beautiful sunset on the beach! Balinese beach sunsets has been on my bucket list for a while (as well as the trip to Bali itself, and as well as a yoga retreat in a warm country). So after this week, all these three things can be ticked off my bucket list.

I was kind of hoping that the beach wouldn’t be too overcrowded when it came to the sunset, but it seemed like all the tourist from the area descended onto that beach!

The sun sets in Bali quite early, about 5:30-6pm and the beach was heaving! It didn’t spoil the beautiful scenery though.

After walking around for an hour looking for a place to eat I finally settled on a restaurant with pretty and incredibly comfy cocoon like swinging chair. I didn’t even check the menu, but loved the chairs so the decision was made!! I was sooooo hungry! All I had to eat today was a few slices of fruit and an ice cream! Well, I did make up for it tonight ;))

I’m going to have an early night as I would like to be up for the sunrise and I’m also going on a tour of a few Balinese places early tomorrow with the hire drives before getting to the Yoga Retreat.