Mt. Batur

Long time no blog post. A lot has happened since my last post so I will be catching up over the next few days.

Let’s start with Mt. Batur. One of the coolest things I have ever done. Had an awesome crew (Caylene, Emma, Andrew, Jesmond, Rich, Dre, and I).

Mount Batur (Gunung Batur) is an active volcano located at the center of two concentric calderas north west of Mount Agung, Bali, Indonesia. It is 1,717 meters above sea level and it’s pretty much the coolest.

Most people do this hike to see the sunrise, im sure you could just do it as a day time hike but we all wanted to see the sun come up. To see the sun come up we all had to wake up at 1:30am to be ready for our driver who was picking us up at 2:00am. The whole day leading up to this hike was slightly confusing as we knew we had to be up at 1:30am so we didn’t want to do too much. Our early morning drive consisted of napping and lots of laughs. The boys we were with are honestly some of the funniest dudes I have ever met. Non stop laughs, I love it!

Once the driver gets you to the bottom of the mountain everyone gets handed a flash light and changes into warmer clothes. It was so cold up there and I loved it. So refreshing to breath in fresh mountain air again, I miss my clean island air (so thankful for it).

The hike begins quite slow and mellow and the trail is really easy which is nice because you only have a flashlight to see where you are going. Gradually the hike starts getting a bit harder and the loose volcanic rock ground is pretty slippery. We took a few breaks along the way to drink some water, catch our breath, and check out the views, it was still dark but you can see a tiny trail of people hiking up with their flashlights which looked pretty cool. About 3/4 up you stop at a little look out and you can see the sky is starting to brighten a bit and some colours are starting to show through. One last haul and we would be at the top. Arriving to the top of Mt. Batur was amazing, I don’t really have words for it. You just feel so strong and happy that you just hiked a huge active volcano and as you’re feeling all proud the most amazing sun rise starts to happen. You can see Lombok, Mt. Agung, the lush bali forest, ah it was amazing, I had some serious goosebumps from happiness and excitement up there. The boys also thought it would be fitting to throw on the lion king soundtrack as the sun was coming up which made the moment that much more epic. Bali is so beautiful!

We decided to take the “long way” down which consisted of us hiking along a small path over steaming volcanic rock. The views along this side of the mountain were just as amazing. It was also crazy to feel volcanic steam, it was SO hot! The long hike down was interesting though, we were all pretty beat. The boys were dancing and I was falling (classic Courtney, I think I’m part baby deer). There was one part that we had to run down and it was just a trail covered in loose dirt, it was hilarious, the boys had music blaring and go pros out, was pretty sketchy but I was too tired and laughing too much too care.

Once we all got to the bottom the exhaustion had sunk in. We had been up since 1:30am, started hiking a massive volcano at 3:00, and were down and finished by 10:00 am. What a way to start your morning, we all just wanted water, a shower, and breakfast in our mouths.

I would highly recommend Mt. Batur to anyone though, was incredible.

More on future trips, Balangan, and Gili T to come! xx

Start of our dark hike up.

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Sunrise

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Sunrise.

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Mt. Batur

Canggu and Ulu.

I am in love with Bali, I don’t ever want to leave. I am starting to get more comfortable here and have definitely been putting myself in situations that I would not have done back home. Such a good learning experience.

So, I arrived to Canggu the other day and met up with my friend jesmond. I must say, I’m not a huge fan of Canggu. It is much busier, the beaches aren’t as nice, and it just doesn’t have the same atmosphere that I was used to seeing the past week.

Met a really cool girl from Vancouver through Jesmond and she had run into her cousin here as well so there is now a little crew of Canadian girls. All 3 of us sort of have the same plans so we are going to share accommodation and venture around together. A couple days ago about 8 of us mobbed up to Uluwatu on scooters and it was awesome. I drove and doubled a girl on the back, which was a bit hectic but also kind of fun. We went to Padang Padang, Ulu’s, and then watched the sunset and had dinner at Balangan beach which was so nice (I will post photos below). After our beach adventures we had to mission back home in the dark which was kind of sketchy especially the long dirt road out of Balangan that has cows and so many dogs roaming around. We all made it back a-okay with a few close calls. Such a good day though.

The next day Jesmond and I headed back to Uluwatu, this time I drove myself and just followed him the way there. I just wanted to get one last run in at the beaches since I might not be back to Uluwatu until the end of my trip if I even do. We made it there so fast and it was super fun bombing around by myself on the scoot. I had a nice visit with a guy I met near the beginning of my trip from England, watched the sunset from my favorite spot, ate some tasty food, and watched the first storm that Bali has seen in awhile. I had to get back to Seminyak all on my own after visiting with Joe which I was super nervous about but he helped me figure it out and I only got lost a few times. Scootering back on my own was probably one of the scariest things I’ve done. Was totally out of my element, the streets were pretty busy, and I wasn’t 100% sure where I was going. But I’m so glad I did it and kind of proud of myself for putting myself in that situation. It was a good learning experience for my directionally challenged self. Was sad to say bye to Joe, he showed me around big time and we had a lot of fun exploring Ulu, super happy to have met him! We shall see how our bet turns out.

I am back in Seminyak and am so exhausted. There’s a big group of us travelling to Ubud tonight around midnight to hike up Mt. Batur for sunrise. Super excited but I definitely need a good nap before we head off. The hike will cost us 400,000Rp ($40.00) which includes the round trip drive, breakfast, and two tour guides. Pretty good deal if you ask me.

Anyways, I am happy to have met some really cool people and am feeling stoked on life! I’m off for a nap before our sunrise hike.

xx

Joe and I. Bukit sunsets are my fave.
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Bukit sunsets with Joe.

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New friends.

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The crew on our scooter day.

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Balangan sunset.

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Canggu and Ulu.

Uluwatu

I’ve been in Uluwatu since I arrived in Bali. I love it. Every beach here is just amazing, white sand, blue water, white cliffs. Ah I love it. I think my favorite beach I’ve been to here is Uluwatu beach. It is the first one I went to when I got here and it was sort of love at first sight.

While I’ve been in Ulu I’ve mostly been exploring the beaches which is a-okay with me. I’ve stayed at two homestays here. The Gong which was 200,00rp ($20.00USD) and Jepun Bali Homestay for 150,000rp ($15.00USD). I like the price of Jepun Bali and the fact that it’s a little closer to the beaches but I think I preferred The Gong. The Gong was a bit more welcoming, it had a pool, and their food was really good. I also met Julie and her boyfriend there and they were awesome and totally took me under their wing. Uluwatu is pretty spread out and I haven’t found it super easy to meet people here but the people I have met have been amazing and have opened me up to a bunch of opportunities that I might not have had if they didn’t come along.

One thing that’s been on my mind like crazy is riding a scooter. I’ve been so nervous and I don’t know why. I’ve done it before but for some reason it’s been hard to do it here. The girl at my homestay tried to show me and I didn’t do it, a guy I met tried to get me to ride his twice and I didn’t do that either. But… Today was the day! I did it! I actually road a scooter and it was so, so fun! I road it to Padang Padang beach then scooted around town afterwards. I just want to scoot all day everyday.

Scooter rides to Bukit peninsula view points, amazing sunsets, fun ocean swims, new friends, bintangs, and awesome people. Uluwatu you’ve been swell.

Ps, my craving for pizza is killing me. I want a slice of pizza from the Joint so bad. I’d pay top dollar to have one shipped to me.

Bukit sunset

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Bukit sunset

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Ulu’s

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Today’s sick ride

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Padang Padang

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Uluwatu

First real day in Bali.

Woke up at 5am this morning. Jet leg is in full effect. I laid in my bed kind of bummed out, being in a foreign country like this all alone is super overwhelming. I chatted with some friends who made me feel much better about everything and I snapped out of it and went for breakfast.

This mornings breakfast was my first go at Indonesian food. And it was so good. I ordered a fruit salad for 10,000rp (1.00 USD) and a cinnamon and apple pancake for 25,000rp (2.50USD). After breakfast I decided to trek to Uluwatu beach. My first attempt was a huge fail as I went the wrong way. I realized I didn’t really know where I was going anymore so I turned around came back to the guesthouse and decided to lounge and swim in the pool. After chatting with some people here I figured out where I needed to go to get to Ulu beach and headed out for trek nĂºmero two. I was going to rent a scooter but I’m still too nervous (I think tomorrow will be the day I do though).

Finding Uluwatu beach was the best thing that could have happened to me today. It’s amazing. Crystal clear blue water, caves, huge waves. I threw my sarong down and posted up camp to watch some unbelievable surfers and take in probably the most beautiful beach I’ve seen so far. I felt myself getting burnt and decided it was time to head back.

I had met a couple from Montreal earlier in the day who have been in Indo for two months now. They are awesome. Julie and Lukey Luke. Anyways, we chatted while I was poolside today and they invited me to come to the Uluwatu temple to watch a fire dance and the sunset. The fire dance was really neat, had never seen anything like it. After the dance and the trek home I went and grabbed some dinner at Ulu Reso. I had Gado Gado, SO good and so much food. Rice peanut sauce, boiled veggies, and, tofu and it was 30,000 (3.00USD). Thinking about how little food you get back home for $3.00 blows my mind.

Anyways, back in bed now. Today was awesome. And I’m feeling so much better about being here on my own now. I think I’m moving to a different guesthouse tomorrow.

Bye! xx

Breakfast

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First attempt at Uluwatu beach

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Second attempt. Ulu in all its glory.

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Uluwatu temple.

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Sunset fire dance.

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First real day in Bali.

13 hours down.

Hello!

Made it to Taiwan after the 13 hour flight. Longest plane ride I have ever been on but it went by suprisingly fast. Had a couple of okay meals. I had asked for the vegetarian option prior to boarding because I heard the mystery meat on China Air wasn’t too great. After eating I watched a couple of movies (Boyhood and The Holiday) and then I passed out. I actually get a decent amount of sleep, when I woke up there was only three hours left. Woop! Also met a girl from Victoria on the plane which is awesome helped each other out through the Taipei airport. Oh and Kirsten was at the airport in Vancouver at the same time as I was.Such a treat seeing her. Safe travels to Australia Kirsten! Just waiting to board my last flight. 5 more hours! xo

PS, thanks Lia for the ride to the ferries!:)

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13 hours down.

Preparing for Indo. Eight Days.

Well, eight days left until I pack up and leave Canada for a month. I know a month isn’t a long time but I have never done this before so a month sounds insane! I am feeling excited, nervous, scared, and, anxious. I have tons to do before I go but I am feeling too overwhelmed to get it done. Doesn’t help that I haven’t been sleeping much because Youtube clips on Bali and online Lonely Planet sessions are distracting me. I know this will be an amazing experience but at the moment I am thinking “What am I even doing!?”. Anyways, I know this is going to be such a good thing for me and I am excited to start my adventure. So thankful for everyone who has been so supportive through this whole thing! You’re all a bunch of babes!

Stay tuned for more updates and photos!
xx

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Preparing for Indo. Eight Days.