Bali – island of temples

Due to the continuing erruption of the volcano Merapi the airspace of Indonesia was partly restricted for some days. But Singapore Airlines already started to approach Jakarta again, so we decided that it was save to travel from Sydney to Denpasar with a stop-over in Singapore. From Sydney to Singapore we were flying with the new Airbus A380-800, a huge aircraft that normally dims minor turbulences – unfortunately a thunderstorm above northern Australia wasn’t a minor turbulence and therefore the airplane shook quite well ( and fell a few meters).
Compared to the first flight the connecting flight from Singapore to Denpasar wasn’t that bad. The only thing that made me nervous was that you could not see anything besides thick white “fog” that surrounded the plane the entire flight – I don’t know what kind of “fog” it was and I sure will never find out (I will not even ask)…  :-?

Anyway, the last three days we spent relaxing and sightseeing in Kuta and the
surrounding area: We hung around the pool in our hotel, enjoyed the sunshine and drank as many fresh fruit juices as we want – keeping in mind that a glass of freshly squeezed pineapple juice costs about 10.000 Indonesian Rupiah ( approx. 0,80 Euro cents)!
Yesterday we hired two motorbikes to visit a temple on the peninsula south of Kuta. Now it’s not difficult to drive a motorbike, but it is challenging to drive a motorbike on the left in a crowded city where there are no road traffic regulations – some of us didn’t like that at all! ;-)
After we left the crazy streets of Kuta it took us about an hour to get to the sea temple Pura Luhur Ulu Watu. The temple itself is forbidden for non-hindu worshippers and as it is perched atop sheer cliffs that drop straigt into the ocean you really can’t see a lot. Nevertheless we still had fun as there are plenty of monkeys living in the fields of the temple who are trying to steal everything from a to z that looks edible  – from aluminum foil to zippers!

- Isabell -

Isabell on her motorbike (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell on her motorbike (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
View from the cliffs Pura Ulu Watu is built on (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
View from the cliffs Pura Ulu Watu is built on (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
A little monkey (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
A little monkey (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Pura Ulu Watu – the sea temple (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
Pura Ulu Watu – the sea temple (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
This guy had fun making faces in front of the camera (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
This guy had fun making faces in front of the camera (© 2010 Bernd Neeser)
A noisy monkey…he jumped on my backpack during the photo session (© 2010 Isabell Gernert)
A noisy monkey…he jumped on my backpack during the photo session (© 2010 Isabell Gernert)
 


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2 comments on “Bali – island of temples

  1. Susanne on said:

    I really like to read your reports. You should make a special travelbook with all your comments and pictures. This will be a good scrapbook. Wish you a saved flight home.
    you both did a great job.

  2. Isabell on said:

    Thank you very much! We are thinking about putting it to paper somehow…
    You know b.t.w. that we have still 11 days to go…?!

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