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Spring Break in Bali

Spring break 2018 was one I’ll never forget.

The backside of Kelingking Beach from a lookout we found.

Although it started in Australia we after a week between Sydney and Melbourne we finally hopped on a plane and headed to Bali. This has been on my bucket list for quite some time now. Of course being the youngest in my family, after seeing my older cousins shred in Padang Padang I had to follow in their footsteps. We landed quite late at night, so obviously we couldn’t see five feet in front of our face. We get in our car, and of course because we’re in a foreign country and don’t speak the language we got lost. About 20 min later with 0 data on our phones and no wifi we realize that we have 0 idea where we are. We try to communicate with our driver but have little luck. After about 30 more minutes we finally end up in the right place, which may I add was only 15 minutes from the airport.
We walk into the house and are instantly greeted by ten of our friends. We immediately put on bathing suits and jumped in the pool. A refreshing way to end our “long” six hour flight.
The next day the real fun set in. We took mopeds up to Seminyak, only about an hour away from where we were staying in Kuta. We rented some boards and surfed for more than half of the day. Once we got out we decided to sneak into a beach club to relax and unwind. We sat under the hot Balinese sun and sipped our cocktails.
The next day we woke up and headed to a boat that would take us to Nusa Lembongan. There we would spend the next 3 days of what I didn’t realize at the time would be one of the best memories I have of this entire trip. We walked to our villa, Villa Santi. We chose rooms and immediately jumped in the pool before grabbing lunch. We didn’t realize that staff came with our house, but two men showed up later and asked what we wanted to do the afternoon. Before we knew it we were on a boat on our way to dive with a sunken buddha statue. We spent the rest of the day in sea, sun, and the sand (well in the pool too).
The night before we decided we wanted to go dive with manta rays. I contacted HPU alumni Jackson Grove and asked him all sorts (of probably stupid questions). We booked our time and jumped on a boat that morning. We were taken to Manta Bay on Nusa Penida (one of the three Nusa islands). We waited maybe five min before jumping in the water. I was very unpleasantly surprised as to how much plastic was in the water. I noticed it the day before at the buddha statue but it certainly wasn’t as bad as this. When the little pieces of plastic hit you it felt like a man of war sting. They hurt I’m telling you. It was also very disappointing to see that much pollution for such a beautiful place. It wasn’t just the water that was littered with the toxic waste it was all over the beaches. Unfortunately there was no sea glass only shards of plastic, in any color you can think of.
After our manta experience we set off to explore the island. We went to the famous Kelinking Beach otherwise known as T-rex beach. We scaled down the cliffs to the beach. Where yet again we saw an unreal amount of plastic floating around in the water. This was visible just from the top of the hike. Next we went to a secret spot our driver knew about. Here you could see cliffs from all around the island and the backside of the hike/beach we had just completed. After we moved on to Broken Beach and Angles Billabong. These were some of the most beautiful places I had ever seen.
We spent our last night in our villa sharing stories from our adventures. With beers in our hands we laughed and watched the starts come out to play. Some of the best memories.
The next day we packed up and headed back to mainland Bali. There we said goodbye to four of our friends and were off to Ubud. We checked into our next villa and met up with our friend Austin. While in Ubud we spent time in the Sacred Monkey Forrest, my friend Ethan actually got bitten by one of them. We hiked Mt. Batur at 2:30 in the morning, followed by soaking in a natural hotsprings. We went to bali swing for well, just that, to swing on some swings. We explored the rice terraces, and hiked a waterfall. At night we could be found sitting in the pool (yes another pool), or our outdoor living room again sipping on a bintang.
These stories will live on with me forever. The memories engrained in my brain. They will forever radiate sunshine.

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