Ubud, Bali – A Photo Journey

In Adventure, Photo Journeys, Stories, Tales, Throw Back to Travel by Jaimie0 Comments

There is something very special about taking a trip down memory lane. Bringing back all those warm, fuzzy feelings from days past. Every so often, when I’m feeling so inclined I will scroll back through my iPhone photos and reminisce on the good times. It makes me happy. My last trip down memory lane reminded me of my Balinese adventures. 🙂

In the fall of last year my future family and I travelled down under to witness two very important people tie the knot. MVK and I definitely fit as much into that trip as we could. If I was going to fly to the other side of the world I wanted to see and do as much as I could possibly. One of my musts for this particular holiday was Bali. I guess Bali for the Aussies is like Mexico to us Canucks. Cheap and close. So after we explored Perth and Margaret River we were Bali bound. So without further adieu here is my trip to Ubud, Bali in photos for your viewing pleasure.

I have said this enough but I love AirBnB. Hotels are awesome, but there is just something about having your own personal space. So if you can swing it, rent a place. We rented the Villa Kalisha which was un-freaking real. We arrived at the Denpasar Airport in the late afternoon, hopped in a cab and two hours later we arrived at our villa. At this point it was so dark we could see nothing. We were lead through the rice paddies and wound around a corner to reveal one of the most gorgeous places my eyes have ever seen…..

First look at our home away from home, Villa Kalisha.

First look at our home away from home, Villa Kalisha.

Walking through the rice paddies in the daylight.

Walking through the rice paddies in the daylight.

Check out the view.

Check out the view.

Outdoor bathroom, equipped with his and her sinks, shower, wooden tub and fish pond.... obviously.

Outdoor bathroom, equipped with his and her sinks, shower, wooden tub and fish pond…. obviously.

This holiday from our holiday (hey, traveling is stressful) was all about relaxing. So the fact that we could have all of our meals cooked for us by the lovely people who run Villa Kalisha was the best. Another amazing thing that was available to us was massages on the deck! I think we indulged in massages daily!!! There were a few things I wanted to experience in Bali… The first being elephants. If you know me, I am a little animal crazy. I think I may like animals more than I like people. But I just can’t help it! They are so cute. So elephants were a must for me. I found the Elephant Safari Park in Ubud which offered a bath and breakfast excursion. You got to get up close and personal with an elephant and give him/her their morning bath! After they were nice and clean you got to mosey over to the pool area to meet another elephant who you got to frolic in the water with! So. much. fun. Then it was time to get ourselves cleaned up with the provided hot showers. We ate a lovely breakfast while overlooking all of the elephants. Amazing.

Scrub a dub dub.

Scrub a dub dub.

Elephant bliss.

Elephant bliss.

Roxy <3

Roxy <3

Speaking of animals… We also checked out out the Monkey Forest. dzhjvkdvfkuzsviov. This adventure was equal parts horrifying and amazing. These monkeys are no joke. The day before at the Elephant Park we met a couple who had visited the forest the day before, and the lady was bitten by a monkey!!! She dropped a piece of paper and went to pick it up and a monkey bit her leg. In addition to that upon our entrance I immediately saw an old monkey sitting on a wall, so naturally I was going to take a selfie with him. We are looking at each other and I’m about to snap a pic when a local runs over and tells me not to look the monkeys in the eye, that is a definite challenge and they might want to fight. Oops! So half of the time I was loving the monkeys and the other half of the time I was terrified they were going to attack me. So visit the Monkey Forest as your own risk.

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Monkey map.

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I couldn't get enough of the adorable babies!

I couldn’t get enough of the adorable babies!

The Elephant Park and the Monkey forest were really all that we had on our ‘must do’ list. So once we had crossed those things off we just explored and enjoyed the beauty that Bali had to offer.

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If you ever need a ride in Ubud, call Doug! He is basically a Balinese Christopher Walken.

Afternoon offerings.

Afternoon offerings.

Bintang!

Bintang!