Bali Discovery Tour Part One: Testimonials From An LBW Traveller
It finally arrived, July 11th! Bali Discovery was here! Only a mere 19 hours of flying time plus lay overs and I would be there.
I will spare you the details of the flights and start my story telling you about the landing. The pilot announced we were about to land, and I heard the landing gear lower, excitement building in my chest as I looked out the window to watch us land as I always do.
There was something different this time though...
There was no land in sight, only water - miles and miles of water. I trusted the pilot of course but was slightly taken aback and confused. Turns out the airport is straight on the edge of the water. One medium size wave and I'm sure the runway would be soaked.
After going through customs I went to find the driver. My eyes skimmed over hundreds of people all standing with signs waiting to pick people up. I can't even begin to describe to you the feeling I had when I saw the bright red lettered "LBW" sign high above the others. I don't know if it was the jet leg directing my emotions but it felt like I had just seen a really good friend that I hadn't seen in years! After the others arrived we all climbed into a small little van and made of on the most unique drive to our hotel.
Trying to describe the drive would be somewhat difficult.
We quickly learned that there are no rules to the road here, no stop signs and no stop lights. I'm nearly positive at one point we were driving the wrong way down a one way street to get to our exit. One thing I did notice though was that the vehicles looked to be in pristine condition - showing me that even though the driving was crazy and somewhat frightening to me, it was their normal and something they were used to and good at.
We dropped off our bags at the hotel, met Petty (our guide) then headed as a group down to the ocean (such beauty in this country) to watch the sunset. I can't begin to describe how beautiful the beach was at sunset, I highly recommend you come find out for yourselves. From the beach we stopped at a little restaurant for dinner. Then made it home to sleep.
Today was a full day, and I'm saying this even though it's only half over. We had breakfast, provided by the hotel, then had orientation. Petty is very knowledgeable and a lot of fun. Then after bathing our things went back to the beach. Today's agenda was to include surfing, dinner, some random shopping then a 5 story high club for a night of partying.
At the beach we went into the water before our surfing lesson. The water was cold in their standards, but being from Canada I found it rather pleasant. The strangest thing happened to me though. I stepped into the water, the first wave pushing at my legs when a giant ball of fear settled in my chest making me feel as if I couldn't breath. So after the play time in the water I decided to myself that I would sit out the surfing lesson.
It took some time but I was able to talk myself into actually trying the surfing. I didn't want to miss out simply because of fear. I allowed them to strap my ankle to a board and we walked to the ocean. Each step closer to the waters edge made me feel as if I was leading myself to my death (I may be slightly dramatic). Once I was in the ocean my instructor, Andre, took over. He was amazing. He made me feel safe, coached me and encouraged me. I only stood up twice and even then only for a few seconds at a time but I had a blast! The accomplishment and joy I felt, not to mention the endorphins, when sitting on the beach after our surfing time was so worth pushing past my fear and joining in the activity.
It's off to dinner for me now and a night of partying and bonding!
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