Bali. Ulun Dalu Temple and Gitgit twin Waterfall.

“A smooth sea never made a skillful sailor.”

I’ve been wanting to write for a while now but I haven’t had the chance. I have a stupid computer virus or a browser hijacker that often blocks my blogger and I am not able to use it. Ironically it happens mostly when I have the time and will to write. I haven’t been very lucky with technology since I came to Bali. My phone has been to the repair shop like thousand times, my camera doesn’t work as well and now I have problems with my computer. Luck.

Ulun Danu Temple

But there is no time to be sad when the world around you is so beautiful! During the month or more when I haven’t written anything, I have seen quite many wonderful places.
One day me, my boyfriend and another intern from our office took off to the north of Bali. We went to visit Ulun Danu Temple at the Beratan lake and Gitgit twin waterfall up in the mountains. The drive there took us about two hours to reach to the north on our motorbike but it was worth bearing the cramp in my legs what I get after long rides. It was pretty chilly up there.

It was cool to see how the clouds were falling down on the ground.

Sometimes local people are pretty damn greedy. When the three of us wanted to enter the Ulun Dalu temple our local friend got a free pass, but we had to pay for it. How racist, haha. Also, if they are trying to sell you something, firstly they will ask a ridiculously high price for the product. Even real Gucci or Armani things don’t cost that much.

Gitgit Twin Waterfall

Next stop was Gitgit Twin Waterfall. It was a long way down the stairs into the jungle with toilet stops and few stalls selling food, spices or souvenirs along the path. Luckily we went during the week so there weren’t so many people and we did not have to wait in a long queue to get a picture with the waterfall. The place was gorgeous. The twin waterfalls are about 45-50 meters high. Under one of them, it was possible to swim and take a heavy shower. Along the river, a long rope was hanging so you can swing while your toes are slipping through the water.
 

Nusa Dua Peninsula

Another day we spent at Nusa Dua peninsula. I love it there. The white sand, blue sky and glistening warm water. Felt like taking a hot bath.

We decided to eat lunch on a tree. How often can you do that anyway? It was pretty damn awesome to eat at a bamboo tree house. The place was a one big restaurant on the beach having some tables on the ground and some two-storeyed tree houses. The waiters must have a tough job, though. Imagine how many times a day you need to climb a tree.

So many times I have stumbled upon this rock hard drupelet, fruit or whatever it is. I am really curious about it. I have been trying to google it but unsuccessfully. If somebody knows what it is and if its eatable, let me know.

Next pictures are the reason my phone broke. This rocky spot at the peninsula is just breathtaking. Many people go and stand there with their cameras ready to capture the splash of a wave on a photo. Even when the waves aren’t so big and for ten, fifteen minutes there is barely any water climbing up the rocks, don’t get yourself fooled. There will be one big wave making everybody soaking wet and ruining their cameras, iPhones, iPads or anything else expensive. That few seconds of fun cost me quite some money but it was hilarious to see everybody running away from the platform, dripping from water and checking if their precious devices  are still working.

Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali resort

Some weekends have been rough because of work. Not that my work is hard but because people here are such morning persons. They like to wake up early and thus some days I have to work early as well. For instance waking up four or six in the morning to go and promote our event..yaaay. It is very hard for me, a night animal, who likes to sleep late.
One Sunday we had to go to Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali resort. We had a booth there to promote our marathon during another fun run event. The resort was beautiful, with a huge golf course and a great view on a temple. Additionally, we got to eat delicious breakfast for free. Waking up so early was not so bad after all.

Bali new highway. Coming Sunday after sunset many runners will be racing for the medals and other prizes on the new Bali toll road at the event that we are helping to organise. Hopefully, it will be a success since it is the first night half marathon race in Indonesia.
Bali Highway Half Marathon
Other happenings

My good friend came to visit me! After not seeing each other for about two years, when we both left our home and started a new life in different countries, we met each other again in an unexpected place- Bali. It was fun and nice to chat with an old friend after such a long time.

I found a great book from Singapore airport called Snowing in Bali. I decided to buy it when I saw it also here in an English bookstore. The book is about Bali’s underground drug world. I had no idea that drug business is huge here. It was funny to read that many places where I have been or seen some drug bosses have made their business right there too.

During the week before the half marathon, I have been pretty busy with work. One day I sent over 150 emails. That was not fun!After the horrible typhoon in the Philippines, rainy weather has arrived here too. It was raining very heavy in our living room!

 That should summarise some of the great spots I have seen so far. And there is more to come!
Anyhow…
bali

8 thoughts on “Bali. Ulun Dalu Temple and Gitgit twin Waterfall.

  1. You’re doing an internship in Bali? Lucky you! Must be great to lieve on such a beautiful island for a while 🙂 I’ve visited Bali this year as well, but didn’t have enough time to see everything that I would have liked to, will definitely have to go back!

  2. We love Bali at Global Girl Travels! I love your blog about Bali too, sharing your experiences and highlighting your insights rather than just a typical blog about what to expect. It was a fun read!

  3. What unfortunate events and circumstances! I’m sorry you’ve had to go through some technical trials. However, as you stated above, you couldn’t be too sad with all of the beauty surrounding you. I would love to visit the waterfalls there as my husband and I are both fascinated by them! Thanks for the honesty as travel isn’t always glamourous and for the great ideas as well!

  4. You indeed had a wonderful time. As for the prices quoted by locals , bargaining seems to be the trend in most of the places across Asia. So, we must learn a bit of it to get a good deal 🙂

  5. This is the second blog post that I have read about Bali. It makes my longing to go to Bali more intense. I love all your photos. The other blog post that I have read already also complained how the locals ask foreigners big money. I think it is already a natural phenomenon in there, most specially if they see that have a skin like that of Americans.

  6. I haven’t been to Bali yet but hope to make it there soon. It seems to be the kind of place that offers it all – beaches, culture, nature and shopping! Too bad for your phone but at least you had time to take some photos. :\

  7. Bali looks beautiful! My husband visited there a long time ago and always talks about it, so I have been wanting to visit there quite some time now. Sorry to hear about your phone, sometimes travelling takes it toll. But it’s still worth it, everything we see and experience at our travels is totally worth a couple little accidents.

  8. Ah, I didn’t see this while I was visiting Bali couple of years back.. Pity because those waterfalls look amazing.

    That’s really cool that you are doing an internship in Bali – a bit of a different change in culture and scenery 🙂 Sorry to hear about your phone! Such a bummer hey but at least on the bright side, you got to unplug for a while!

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