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Backpacking tour & day trips

Some of the pictures below were taken on a daytrip to Ubud, a city right in the middle of Bali that is always worth a trip. You can visit the monkey forrest, a lot of small shops and the rice terraces around the city are beautiful, too.

The rest of the pictures are from our second week on Bali. We did a backpacking trip starting from Padang Bai to the Bratan temple - Lovina (no, we didn`t swim with the world famous and mentally disordered dolphins but we enjoyed watching the rats running around on the roof of our restaurant) - Gilimanuk (we took the ferry to Java and bought some Java coffee over there) – Kuta.

Kuta is perfect for shopping and surfing – if you`re talented! I watched a few dozend of those guys for almost an hour and only one of them was able to stand on his board for more than 5 seconds. But hey, isn`t it cool to walk around with your board on the beach? Probably I am just jealous because they are so much cooler than me ;-)

Be careful when you change money in Kuta on the street, most of the guys are cheaters. After the third try we finally found one guy who would not work with faked numbers, a manipulated calculator or something like that. If you want to buy something fancy, look for Balibong clothes (sometimes it`s BaLLibong) – the style is very close to Billabong but the name will remind you of your Bali vacation every time you wear it!

- Bernd -

Pura Ulun Danu, temple at lake Bratan (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Pura Ulun Danu, temple at lake Bratan (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
The Monkey Forest south of Ubud (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
The Monkey Forest south of Ubud (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
This little thief tried to steal Isabells bracelet (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
This little thief tried to steal Isabells bracelet (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
At first he seemed to be interested in the camera... (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
At first he seemed to be interested in the camera… (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
...but then he felt asleep during our photo session ;-) (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
…but then he felt asleep during our photo session ;-) (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Bernds personal vacation experiment: A bald head (© 2009 Isabell Gernert)
Bernds personal vacation experiment: A bald head (© 2009 Isabell Gernert)
Rice terraces around Ubud (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Rice terraces around Ubud (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Pura Goa Lawah, the "bat temple" (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Pura Goa Lawah, the "bat temple" (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Celebration, Pura Goa Lawah (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Celebration, Pura Goa Lawah (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Portrait of a god, Pura Goa Lawah (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Portrait of a god, Pura Goa Lawah (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Celebration, Pura Goa Lawah (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Celebration, Pura Goa Lawah (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Celebration, Pura Goa Lawah (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Celebration, Pura Goa Lawah (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Statue of god, Pura Goa Lawah (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Statue of god, Pura Goa Lawah (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Waterfall in the jungle with a happy Isabell (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Waterfall in the jungle with a happy Isabell (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Coffee we brought from Java island (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Coffee we brought from Java island (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
White Sand Beach nearby Padang Bai (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
White Sand Beach nearby Padang Bai (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
White Sand Beach (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
White Sand Beach (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell playing with Sina (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell playing with Sina (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell at Padang Bai beach (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)
Isabell at Padang Bai beach (© 2009 Bernd Neeser)