Yesterday someone had the great brainwave to go to Tree tops adventure in Bedugul. Being an ex gymnast I thought it would be easy. Made told us he took my friend there with her two small boys, what's the worst that could happen (I do have a spinal implant, broke my foot twice last year and have had a couple if shoulder surgeries, but why not! Tidak arpa arpa).
First of all no one told me where Bedugul is. For future info go almost to the top if Bali then stop a little short. Around 2 hours from Legian. Get there pay 48k to enter the Botanical gardens, then over to start our adventure. Pay 400k for the two of us. Ask where the toilet is as I figure if I'm going to pee myself with terror best be as empty as possible. The guide points behind some bushes. I was worried, then I see a path to a shack of toilets behind the bushes. After finding them I kind of wish I didn't as the bushes would have been cleaner and more comfortable. Tidak arpa arpa, sin can can. Soldier on.
Do the safety demo and practice area and think this will be easy. Haven't rock climbed or abseiled in 16 years, but after the practice figure I am an expert and ready to go.
Head over to the orange course of tight ropes, zip lines etc which is the easiest one for adults. Get told too easy for us and told to go to the blue one. First part was easy, I can cope with heights. Rope bridges, swings etc 8 meters up in the air all good. Starts to get a bit challenging when we do the 100 meter flying fox with no breaks and I forget to grab anything at the end. I waited thinking someone would throw me a rope and pull me to safety. Nope. Eventually one of the drivers mimes for me to pull myself along arm over arm to the end. When I finally get to the platform my heart is beating, arms are shaking and I have to have a deep and meaningful moment with the tree that I am hugging for dear life for reassurance that I will get through this. Next few I cope with, however my colourful language of "holy fire truck' 'oh ships' and 'I don't want to die' are met with funny looks from the other groups. Think swearing in universal language. No where on the brochure did I see a 5 meter long, 3 piece, swinging tunnel 10 meters up in the air. I try to crawl through but my knees can't take it, so in the end I lay down, decide that it where I'm staying for the rest of the day. Other tourists that are trapped behind me start to complain so hubby pushes me to the end. Pop like whinnie the poo in his hole. Next few are uneventful, even manage to grab the tree at the end of the next flying fox. Unfortunately that's where I saw what was ahead. Some stupid swinging wooden poles. Stopped halfway along and gave up. Guide explained no way to get down from there and he wasn't going to get a cherry picker for me. So I called for my mummy and daddy, I asked hubby to sing 'soft kitty' but nothing helped. So by sheer stupidity and luck I finished the obstacle. Looked at the final 3 and new there was no way my injured broken body could take it (I thought about writing address for BIMC hospital on my forehead) so I stopped. The guide climbed up and hooked me up to a rope so I could abseil down the try to safety.
I've done lots of stupid things in my life trying to prove I can do what 'normal' people can do, but this time I was very mature and went and sat in the waiting area proud that I did 80% of the course and even prouder that I knew when to stop. Husband had an absolute ball and did the black course. 20 meters up in the air, huge Tarzan swing, screamed like a girlie monkey but had a blast. Said it was the best place I've even taken him in Bali. Buy a couple of photos from the guy. 30k each. Hubby is screaming in both looking death straight in the eye, so well worth the money.
Back into the car where I fall fast asleep and purr like a kitten all the way to Denpassar.
Made took us for lunch at Calamery in Denpassar, as he was taking me to see my printer at his house. Made was a great driver as when he asked where we wanted to go for lunch I said any where 'but not big tourist buffet' when he woke me he said could gave 'stopped Warung up the mountain, but typical Bali food maybe too spicey for you, this place clean and good food'. They had Indo and Chinese food. 75k for chapcay chicken, crispy chicken with rice and a sprite. First place all trip that didnt have diet coke. Staff did not speak English but we got by.
Went to see my printer. I've never been to his house before, he always meets me at my hotel. But about 18 months ago his phone number got disconnected and I haven't been able to find him. Turned out Made the driver knows him and was the person who introduced my friends to him years ago that in turn introduced him to us. So Made took us to Putu's house. Down a small lane with chickens running around. His kids tried to entertain hubby with their counting skills (their English is nearly as good as my Indonesian, they could only count to 3, I can get to 5!). Did some business, Putu will post it all to me so all good.
Back to hotel and the sky opens up and it buckets down. Paid Made 500k as we have driven the length of the Island today.
Had a massage in the outside massage hut at the hotel. Hubby said best one this trip. 70k each. Figure we need to preempt the aching, burning and throbbing our arms and legs will be doing tomorrow. Then shower and chill out whilst we figure what we can do in the pouring rain. I decide only one thing.... One track mind, Shopping. Got a cab to Bali Brasco. Cabby said 'I waiting you'. I asked how much he said no charge. Turn off meter, turn on again when finish'. I told him I would be at least an hour and he didnt mind. Wish cab drivers were so obliging in Australia. Tried to pay him, but he said wait till we go back to hotel.
Grabbed quite a bit of Adidas stuff for work, some casual tops, hubby got some ck and Hugo boss jeans.
All really great quality. Can't figure out if this place is really good copies or if they get the faulty, discontinued, over run stock or real brands. Either way we have always been happy. 2 million later we are done.
Cab driver is waiting patiently outside and away we go. As we take off he says 'now put meter on' so sweet, so when we get home we pay him 50k for the 40k fair.
Next on the agenda pick up my stuff from Putuh leather. Handbags for repair are better than new, new bag looks great. The shoes I had him copy look very good, but feel a little snug. He said he will stretch them a little for me tonight and I can pick up tomorrow. Hope it works as they look perfect and were sooo comfy except for squishy big toe.
Head down to Mozzerella by the sea. Staff start out very chatty and friendly, but service drops off after we order. I had snapper and husband had the tuna steak. Both meals were very tasty. All up 270k for dinner with a large Bintang and a diet coke. Definitely not a cheap meal by Bali standards, but good quality and beautiful atmosphere. Thinking 'how's the serenity?'
Walk along beach path to double 66 and head down to Warung Murah. I have a hankering for black rice pudding and I know they have it here. 8k for pudding and 17k for husbands pancakes. Love how they give you a laminated card for each item you order, instead of having a bill or order pad.
Lovely food, so cheap and simple.
Walk home, rain has finally stopped and bed.
We will be very very sore tomorrow.