this is us in bali. bali is beautiful. bali is busy. bali is full of australians. ben said, "so this is what australia is like."
we stayed in kuta, where many tourists stay, or rather, australians. kuta beach was nice but we were really glad we went to seminyak beach as well, a short cab ride away. it was nicer, cleaner and not as busy as kuta. (thanks for the advice, sarah, and other nice friends.)
ben took surfing lessons and got a henna tattoo that is a hindu symbol for "welcome"
loved the people. and the food was good, but to be honest, we didn't experience a lot of it due to a slight bout of bali belly. don't worry, we're cool now.
indonesia is predominately muslim, but bali is more hindu. never knew this until now.
admittedly, i was strongly disillusioned with how unauthentic and tourist-ridden some parts of bali are. it was disappointing, but that is what tourism does to a place so beautiful, sometimes. that's why it was nice to see more than one aspect of bali.
i've also heard from people how mad some locals get because tourists expect everything to be so cheap. we heard a lot of,
"thanks for nothing"
"you are crazy people"
we did like being the few americans in a sea of australians, though. people got excited when we said we were from the usa. also because everyone here loves president obama. hehe.
really happy we came to bali. it's not everyday you are a short plane ride from an amazing tropical island.
and somehow, whenever i visit a tropical island... i end up wanting to live there...