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Settled in in Ubud

Bugs, Lizards, Frogs, Fish, Mice, Dogs, and Spiders (for Jeremy) and yoga, couches, incense, and curry (for Annie)

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Regardless of what's really getting us going (see sub-heading), I think we both feel as though the last 5 days or so since we left New Zealand have been some of the best of the trip. They started with a late afternoon rip-roaring drive from Queenstown to Christchurch, a 3 day stay on the breathtaking island of Nusa Lembongan, a luxurious evening at a hotel in Sanur, and, now, a day or so of our visit to Ubud. Indonesia and Bali seem unbelievably beautiful to me and though we're visiting in the "low season", the weather has seemed perfect, only brief heavy rains last night and this morning giving away that its not. This morning was actually something of a "wash", as we drove around on our rented scooter ($5 a day) for 30 minutes trying to find the most famous yoga studio in this place of famous yoga studios. It was barely marked and by the time we got there, the class had started. Oh well, I guess we'll have to go to the 4pm class after our massages!

In reference to Jeremy's favorite parts of Bali, animals seem to be completely integrated into daily life here. From the geckos in the thatching of our roof at night, to the feral dogs pawing through food on every corner, to the carp in every urban pond, they are everywhere. On Nusa Lembognan, we actually spent a morning looking for a new hotel after waking up with bug bites on our hands only to find the same spiders and mosquitoes in every place - one manager even showed us a room that had a dead mouse on the floor! His explanation, "don't worry, pest control sprayed chemicals in this room yesterday". Ah, right. Sign me up.

A lot of what we've been up to since the last post is actually much better told through images - so now that internet is so cheap ($1 per hour) and the bandwidth is better (really not sure how Indonesia beats the pants off NZ in this department), I thought I'd try a post a bunch of photos and short descriptions of each. Enjoy!

Jeremy about to go scuba diving for the first time in 10 years!
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A nice shot of Mushroom Bay, where we were based on the Nusas (Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan)
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View of Jungutbutu, the main town on Nusa Lembongan. The industry there is mostly seaweed farming. Taken while out on a round-the-island scooter ride.
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A few gorgeous shots of sunset at Sunset Beach, now called Sandy Bay, from the restaurant at The Beach Resort, formerly called Scallywags. We had dinner here twice while on Lembongan.
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A couple shots from our fishing adventure with a local "captain". We fished using the traditional indonesian method - holding the line in your hand. He was certainly better at it than us! The last one is of the fish we caught after our hotel cooked them for us. We learned later that one of them was called "Leather Jacket Fish". How do you think they tasted?
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Our last day on the Nusas - these were taken on Ceningan which is much less developed than Lembongan. There appeared to only be a few establishments that catered at all to tourists. One was aptly named "Jumping Point". (Can you tell what I did there?) The one of Annie is from the only restaurant we saw on the island, Seabreeze Warung.
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Our room/temple in Ubud and a view from the perspective of a mojito at our first dinner out - at an amazing restaurant called Bollero.
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Posted by jeremyandannie 21:11 Archived in Indonesia Tagged bali

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Amazing post, guys! The whole thing made me smile :)

by Mindy

Amazing photos!!

by katsutherland

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