Glad to be leaving Kuta we hunted down a taxi to Sanur- fed up of the local transport cartels we had decided on taking a luxury ride. Finding a taxi is not a difficult task in Bali. Even when you are walking up a one way street, drivers going in the opposite direction will constantly honk at you or shout out their windows. It is not just taxis either. People also offer you rides on the back of their motorbikes, or offer to rent you a motorbike. We got in a metered taxi and took the 10 minute ride to Sanur which cost around 60,000 rupiah, but would have cost more if Luke hadn't have caught the driver taking needless u-turns to wait in traffic.
Arriving in Sanur we were hot and exhausted after our night in McDonalds, so were determined to find somewhere to stay. We decided on Kiki Homestay which was a lovely character complex with clean beds and questionable bathrooms. However, we were so relived to have found somewhere that didn't have bugs, and were so exhausted after travelling non-stop pretty much all the way since El Nido in the Phillippines nearly a week ago. We headed
straight to bed and slept through until the evening when we headed nextdoor for dinner at Barb's, an Australian bar selling pie, chips and gravy for 32,000 rupiah. We spent the week doing pretty much nothing other than watching Friends from beginning to end, only pausing for lunch and dinner. We walked the length of the resort where we realised things were a lot more expensive than in Kuta; it seemed a bit more exclusive with big hotel resorts shaping the sea front. It was really nice just to kick back and do nothing after being on the move for so long.
We met an old retired couple from Perth in Barb's one night who introduced us to a variety of Australian dishes including rissoles and something similar to a potato fritter with meat. We talked to them most nights and they invited us over to their pool complex at the Griya Santrian, a really posh hotel. We headed over there one day; it was amazing to be able to swim around in a pool and imagine we were staying somewhere luxurious.
One of the most beautiful things about Bali is the architecture. The island of Bali is
mostly made up of Balinese-Hindus; Balinese Hinduism is a unique branch of Hinduism. There are hundreds of temples all over the island, and most of the standard housing is decorated similarly to the temples with pagoda roofs and beautiful inscriptions. As well as religion influencing the architecture, it is prevalent in every day life as colourful offerings made up of food and flowers are presented at the entrance to pretty much every building in the whole of Bali. Also there are regular processions and parades through the streets every day which are really uplifting and exciting to watch. We were excited to move onto Ubud which is even more cultured than Sanur.
Every day we kept saying 'we'll move on tomorrow' but Kiki's was such a great place that we couldn't bring ourselves to. We had a huge room with air-con for 200,000 including a proper breakfast every morning. Eventually after a week we decided to up sticks and head to the famed 'Eat, Pray, Love' location of Ubud.
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