Arriving in Ubud was a surreal experience, to say the least. The luscious greenery that surrounded us stretched out for miles and immediately captured my heart.
As soon as we arrived in Ubud, we headed to Tirta Empul Tampaksiring for a purification ritual. Words cannot even begin to capture how exceptionally life changing this was for me. Having the opportunity to participate in this ceremony made me realize that exposing yourself to various cultures is so vital towards personal growth. This truly was eye opening and indescribably amazing. I feel absolutely honoured that we got to be a part of this practice.
Once we left the temple, we ventured over to the monkey forest. Hundreds of monkeys surrounded us the second we stepped into that forest. They were all so lively, swinging from tree to tree right over our heads. Almost everyone in our group had a monkey lounging on their shoulders and backs at one point or another. I’ve never seen anything quite like it.
The following day was time for our cycling excursion. That was definitely quite the adventure. We rode through the forest, leaving cows and chickens in our tracks. The gorgeous scenery was captivating, especially with volcanos in our sight. Peddling through the scenic rice fields was stunning, as well. Relaxing in the pool afterwards was the perfect way to cool down. It was the perfect reward after that long, beautiful bike ride.
On day three, it was time to enjoy the most delicious coffee Bali has to offer before we tried our luck at white water rafting. The different flavours in the coffee captivated my taste buds and I was in heaven. The white water rafting after that was genuinely crazy, but so much fun. It’s a lot harder than I ever excepted, but it was such a thrill. Adrenaline was pulsing through my veins and I felt absolutely alive. It was incredibly exhilarating. Even though the water was a little rough, there were so many laughs and gorgeous views. I couldn’t have asked for a more thrilling first attempt at white water rafting.
The second that we got back to the hotel after rafting, everyone went to bed in preparation for the volcano hike since we had to be up incredibly early. This was the thing I was the most excited for and I definitely was not prepared. We hiked the mountain, which was an eighty degree incline, in the pitch black with nothing but flashlights. It was unbelievable. Even though we were exhausted, when we reached the top, I never felt more proud of myself. The challenge of hiking up the mountain was worth the reward. I would do it again in a heartbeat just for those views. We were above the clouds and as the sun slowly rose, we were surrounded by absolutely phenomenal rays of orange and pink sunlight. The clouds glistened and the breeze blew through our hair. We hungout for hours just watching the sunrise and enjoying our well deserved reward. No words can even describe the beauty we witnessed on that mountain. Following that hike, everyone enjoyed a nice little nap and tacos by the pool as our final goodbye to Ubud.
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My name is Daria Patterson and I am from British Columbia, Canada. I am twenty years old and currently work as a part time legal office assistant while I am working towards completing a degree in counselling psychology. This trip will be the first time that I have ever been travelling as a solo traveler so I am nervous, but indescribably excited. I originally was going to be travelling with a group of friends, but they unfortunately could not make it in the end. I did not want to deprive myself of such a remarkable experience so I took the risk and went ahead with booking the trip myself. I could not be more thrilled with my decision to do so. This truly is the trip of a lifetime for me so there was no way that I could possibly justify turning this opportunity down. My one piece of advice would be to take the plunge and just book the trip while you still can. The memories will be worth it, trust me.
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