I used to travel for extended amounts on time by myself and my friends back home used to ask me, “don’t you ever get lonely”? My answer was always, “hell no”!! You meet so many amazing people while traveling. It’s great because you can tell travel stories to them and they are totally into it, hear their stories and exchange travel advice. It seems there is always someone coming from where you are heading. You can be as reclusive or social as you want. I usually stay on the social side of the scale and I am so happy about that.
Let me tell you about some of the people I/we have met on the road.
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One of the things that Christine and I have taken pride in is that, being from Seattle, we know our coffee. You can say we’re kinda coffee snobs. We know what coffee to order and how to order it. We know what we like and how we like it. Sure, the coffee culture didn’t start in Seattle, but Seattle sure helped it out a bit and put it’s own footnote in the history of coffee culture and cuture. Until now our thoughts were that we had tried every variety of coffee available in every form of presentation, and from every coffee growing region known.
Well, this just goes to show that when you think you’ve seen and tried it all . . . .
While on the island of Bali in Indonesia, we found ourselves face to face – or should I say mouth to cup – with a coffee that was until then, unkown to us. On this particular afternoon while mountain biking through central Bali from Lake Batur near the town of Kayuanbua, we were seated at an outdoor table at a coffee plantation overlooking the lush, green fertile valley stretching out before us and below us. The local Balanise coffee is known as Kopi Bali coffee, and today we were going to try a new style of Kopi Bali coffee . . . Kopi Luwak.
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Wow, we have been here darned near a month (the longest visa we could get was 30 days and it expires only 2 days after we leave). We love it here so much; we probably would have stayed longer if we could. Our time in Bali has really flown by so it’s no wonder we haven’t written a post in a few weeks.
Let me try to tell you all about this amazing country. First, we started our journey in Bali – more specifically Seminyak. I had misconceptions about Bali – I had imagined it had amazing beaches with hotels lining the white sands and, of course, turquoise waters. Not quite – our first impressions were complete chaos – mopeds, cars and taxis whizzing by everywhere and in no real order. It’s no wonder there aren’t more wrecks but somehow it works.
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We have arrived in Bali. We have left Aaron, Sonya, Michelle and all of our new found friends back in Australia and have now begun a new chapter in our ongoing adventure. From the airport we traveled by taxi to Seminyak, about an hour north. We negotiated a taxi at the airport. A flat fee was paid and off we went. An hour in the cab for $75.000Rp (about $8USD!). And since it was a predetermened fare, we I didn’t worry that we would be overcharged or mischarged once we got to our destination. We sat back, and looked in awe and wonder at our new and dramatically different surroundings.
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