I woke up after a 9hr sleep feeling tired and strange from travelling for around 13hr hours, door to door. Previously I’ve travelled 29hrs before with no sleep and still had enough life in me to hit the town with newly made travel buddies. Today, I went to the supermarket to pick up essentials – water supplies, hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial hand soap, coconut oil; and then stopped at the first ATM I saw to get out some cash. It wasn’t till I was cheerfully sat at a friendly little café about 10mins walk away, Indonesian Rupiah in hand, that I realized I’d left said ATM with my cash card still in it. Of course it was gone when I rushed back, and of course, it wasn’t going to be an easy ordeal in Bali to get it back. Previously, I’ve travelled through South America, Thailand, and China many of Asia’s, and this has never once happened. Girl – what happened to you.
Sigh. Whatever kind of ‘world traveller’ I have been previously – today I kinda sucked. All of it is totally fixable, so I was over it all pretty quick. But still… tomorrow’s mission: suck less, perhaps.
Anywho, here’s some of the the breakfast I had (above – watermelon, papaya and banana) was a beautifully simple start to my day. It was followed by lunch at the Yoga Barn Garden Kafe 🙂
Today I wanted to get my bearings around the place. That at least was accomplished :). Found a ton of cafes and restaurants to vegan out in. There are so many stalls, shops and boutiques, and I managed to pick up some bits once I got the bartering knack back! Thing’s I remembered today:
- Get used to politely turning down the many random offerings people ask you to buy on the streets.
- Asking how much things cost out of interest here is not a thing. Don’t ask how much things are if you aren’t ready to barter tooth and nail for it.
- Barter, barter, barter. For me it’s a game where you want both parties to win. You aim to pay what you’re happy to give them, rather than how little you can get away with. e.g My need for another sarong is decidedly less proportionate to their need to provide for their family.
Amazed on a
daily hourly basis what vegan food is available here. When I thought Wellington has somewhat of a decent offering, this little asian corner of the world is Vegan heaven. Average pricing in Ubud is $3-5 per meal (or $7-10 if you’re feeling super fancy) so it’s nice to not worry about spending. I mainly want to focus more on the quality of food, as I’ve heard that ‘Bali belly’ is not a joke here, so good food is a must!
Super sleepy now, time to stop. Goodnight world! Every inch of me smells of coconut… mmm 😛