The last week after Nusa Lembongan was pretty low key. The first day we got to Ubud I started feeling a little bit under the weather. I ended up spending a whole day in bed! I was pretty disappointed but I guess after 5 weeks of a travelling getting a little bit run down can happen, especially in a place where the food and water are pretty questionable on a good day. Last time I came back from Bali I ended up having an E. coli kidney infection so I’m hoping that this will pass without getting as sick as I did last time, not to scare anyone away from Bali, it is a great place, just not when you apparently have an immune system of a 90 year old woman.
Anyways. In Ubud most of the time was spent relaxing, spending some time by the pool, eating some delicious food, and my guilty pleasure of this trip so far…Big Brother Australia 2013. I have been slightly obsessively watching it on YouTube since I went away. I got into it because Tim Dormer from the Australia season was on the most recent season of Big Brother Canada. The upside of my feeling sick in Ubud gave me some more time to catch up, haven’t quite finished it yet. (I’m so embarrassed I even admitted this)
In Ubud I stayed at the Bakung Ubud Hotel, I can’t say enough good things about this place. It was the same place that I stayed in January whilst in Ubud and this time I spent four nights there. It is so so reasonably priced, this time just $40 a night for a huge room, right outside of the pool. Plus I was splitting the room with Ollie so for each of us it was just $20 a night, really can’t beat that. It’s a little bit out of central Ubud but they have a shuttle that goes in three times a day and will pick you up.
After some much needed down time and a little bit of homesickness it was time to head down to Kuta. I’m going to be honest and say that I really don’t like Kuta. I could certainly not spend any time there again, which is how I felt last time I ended up there. It is super convenient because it’s basically a 5 minute drive to the airport and has a decent beach. But it is just the worst, feels like the slummy Cancun of Bali. The guys who sell stuff there are super aggressive on the street which makes walking anywhere exhausting and really frustrating, I can only hear the word “Taxi” so many times in a day.
One thing we did in Kuta that redeemed it was go to Water Bom! I would highly recommend this to everyone, young people, people with kids, anything. It was a little bit pricey, $52 to get in, but we spent the whole day there and I feel like it was worth the money, especially when so many things in Bali are so cheap, you can afford to splurge a little bit. It’s the top waterpark in Asia which I found pretty amazing. There was tons of waterslides, some pretty scary looking ones, a lazy river, big pool with a pool bar and lots of food and drink vendors. I still wasn’t feeling 100% so I didn’t do too many of the slides, but the ones that I did I had a great time.
After that we just had one more day that we spent down at the beach and then the pool. It was time then to just go for dinner and then get ready to head to the airport. Red eye flight from Denpasar to Sydney and now I’m sitting in the hostel waiting to check in after a walk around this morning. I’m definitely looking forward to a bit of a nap this afternoon after not much of a sleep on the plane. This will be my first hostel experience so I’m interested to see how I like it!