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Day 5

Elephants, shrines and temples

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Things I’ve eaten/done that could possibly lead to diarrhea;

  • brushed my teeth using tap water
  • tasted every fruit I’ve walked by from food stalls on the side of the road
  • eaten in small restaurants where the food/table was covered in ants
  • played with local street dogs, then ate a sandwhich
  • drank from a stream coming out the side of a cliff in the middle of the jungle

So far, still okay. *high five*

There’s an elephant park near where I’m staying that is made up of a bunch of rescued logging elephants from Sumatra. You could feed and play with them and they’ve made some babies too. Elephants are sweet.

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Tomorrow is a holiday where people visit a special water temple and bathe.

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Saw a shrine, Gunung Kawi. It was really pretty.

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Right now isn’t tourist season so even though this city is known for it’s art and culture, we were the only people in this HUGE art gallery/museum. Like actually the only people. The man working followed us from room to room turning on and off the lights as we went in and out. When you go to museums here you get free drinks.

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Today’s challenge; take a photo of you doing something.
This is a photo of me feeding a 32 year old tortoise :)

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Day 4

Birds and ant bites

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I called my bank again. There’s no tracking number for my bankcard. They said there might be one produced after it’s already arrived. What is the use of a postal tracking code that isn’t issued when the package is sent? Who would want to know where their package is AFTER IT’S SITTING IN THEIR HANDS?!

During my call I sat in a pile of red ants. First thing in the morning. The rest of the day I had the sting of ant bites on my butt as a constant reminder of how stupid I am.

First on the list was a bird walk with a local woman named Sue. Although the sound of bird watching doesn’t overly excite me, it turned out to be really fun. This woman new everything about every plant, animal or insect you saw. She was constantly pointing out plants or bugs and talking about all the different ways you could use them. I now have tasted every leaf and fruit in this country. If there was ever a time I was going to get sick from the food or water, it would be now.

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After three hours of walking around the country side we traveled to a bird and reptile sanctuary. There were bats the size of small-medium dogs. They were huge and looked super soft. Too high to pet though.

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Challenge of the day; take a photo of something old.

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Day 3

Biking around Ubud

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Bankcard update: talked to someone on the phone today who was much nicer and assured me they wouldn't have sent the card unless they were 100% sure it was going to reach me. Looking around... there is no way that card is going to find me, but i will hope for the best.

There are a lot of things to do around the place I’m staying so bikes seemed like a good mode of transportation. I’ve driven a motorbike in Thailand and this was… so much crazier. No traffic lights, no stop signs, the lines on the road are just suggestions. Everything went well, but at one point I was going the wrong way down a one way street and thought “man, I can’t believe people do this” and then realized, oh, they don’t.

First stop: Antonio Blanco’s house/museum. This was a wonderful stop about 4km in to the 10 000km ride we had planned. Blanco was a painter that came to Bali in 1952 and painted naked women. He also liked birds I guess? There were lots of fun birds to play with.

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Next stop was the Neka Art Museum, full of traditional paintings and sculpture. Traditional paintings here, as it turns out, are very detailed and a little graphic.

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After a quick bite to eat it was off to our final destination, a heron roosting grove. At 6pm hundreds of birds fly home to their trees for the night. Amazing site, terrible photos. The walk was nice tho. I find the entrances to homes here amazing.

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Challenge of the day; take a photo of the clouds.

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Day 2

As it turns out, I'm very unorganized

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All my friends here have diarrhea. I’m worried it’s only a matter of time before I do too. After eating a delicious breakfast that was served in a leaf we traveled an hour to our next destination - Ubud. This city is known for it’s art and culture, but lets be real, I came for the monkeys. The hotel is in a remote rice field. There’s no traffic or people. The only sounds you can hear are birds, insects and occasionally Ernie blasting Sara Mcglaughlin on his ipad.

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First on my list of things to do was try to pull money out. I soon realized I’d left my bank card in my sweater pocket… which I’d thrown out at the last hostel. This isn’t happening. I’m in Indonesia with one American dollar to my name. I called the hostel but the card was gone, in the garbage already on it’s way to the dump. I called my bank and, as luck would have it, talked to THE MEANEST CUSTOMER SERVICE REP IN THE HISTORY OF PHONE BANKING. He told me there was nothing he could do and said sorry. I had to ask to speak to his supervisor and explain to him that it was his job to help me not be stranded in Indonesia with no money. Reluctantly he had a card sent to me that will arrive in …. 5-10 business days.

Next on the list was the Monkey Forest. I bought some bananas, but was robbed like 10 feet into the park by a tiny monkey. Today is just not my day. It was still fun, even with no bananas.

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Last we walked around the city taking photos, stopping in small cafes for juice and trying to find the way back to the hotel. For dinner we stopped in an Italian restaurant and picked up a $5 bottle of wine. It tasted like it was five dollars. It was a beautiful day.

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Challenge of the day; list all items in your bag and take a photo.

  • 3 bathing suits + two cover ups
  • 2 long dresses
  • 1 short dress
  • 7 pairs of underwear (5 thongs)
  • 2 bras (one sports)
  • 7 pairs of socks
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 2 t shirts
  • 1 pair of hiking shoes
  • 1 towel
  • a bathroom bag consisting of a toothbrush, soap, shampoo, conditioner, a sponge, dental floss, mouthwash and lip balm
  • a first aid kit with not enough bandaids (I already cut open my feet)
  • 1 sleep mask
  • 1 pair of ear plugs
  • 1 box of business cards
  • 1 flashlight that doubles as a battery pack
  • 1 kindle
  • 1 iphone (no service)
  • 1 Canon 6D (2 lenses, 2 batteries, 2 memory cards, 1 flash)
  • 1 Macbook Pro
  • so many wires
  • 1 scrap/note book <3

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Day 1

Getting to Indonesia!

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Up at 5:30am to get ready for 15 hours of traveling with one five hour stop over. The travel to Incheon airport was fine. That airport is one of the best I’ve ever been to, comfy with lots of choices to eat from. On our 6 hour stop over flight to Malaysia there weren’t any tvs, movies, magazines, or people awake. Extremely boring.

Upon arrival to Kuala Lumpur we lined up in a never-ending two hour line up to get our second boarding pass for the next flight. On the other side of that lineup was what appeared to be a rundown 80s strip mall excuse for an airport. I’m officially not in Korea anymore.

Finally after two long flights and a five hour layover I made it! Indonesia! I had strategically used all my money so I only had one US dollar left. I did my big girl proud walk to the bank machine to pull out money and… account funds unavailable. Shit.

One Miss Tiffany Richard has given me a scrap book full of challenges for each day <3 Today’s Challenge; Draw a portrait of yourself, take a selfie. Drawn portrait to follow at a later date.

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