My day at the spa in Ubud was just what the doctor ordered. I booked a package deal including lunch and 5 treatments using trip advisor to find the perfect spot. It didn't let me down. After being pampered to within an inch of my life for 6 hours I felt like a new woman!
So today I was raring to go for a cycling tour to try and see a bit more of Bali (minus the hippies...)
The brochure promised a downhill bike ride through rice padi fields and had lunch and breakfast included so I knew it would be a winner. Food here is gorgeous. I also went to a coffee plantation and tasted a capoochino (that has been passed through a small rodent type animal, apparently the most expensive coffee in the world and sold in selfridges, quite nice actually).
Despite a bit of rain the trip was great, I was gooseberry to a couple of other travellers but they didn't seem to mind (I think?) One of the strangest things is seeing little kids driving mopeds in their school uniforms. Sometimes 3 or 4 on a bike...scary.
I am staying well away from mopeds after my incident in Ko Tao a few years ago ;) but during the cycle today is was a bit hairy with dogs, chickens, kids trying to high 5 me and mopeds whizzing past all at the same time. I felt like a barracuda who couldn't keep up! But I managed to get some lovely pics today, now I have some time on my own I have learnt how to use my camera properly - it's better than I thought!
Last night in Ubud and I am spending it on the balcony with the doggy bag I got from lunch today. Another early start tomorrow for my speedboat to the Gili Islands where I'm in a beach bungalow for a week; hoping the weather picks up a bit.
Also, need some suggestions for books. Last two have been rubbish...and I want something a bit inspiring pls, can't take any more chick lit!
Adios for now peeps
Ps - today I was told I have good calves...I'm taking that as a compliment along with the 'you have a big body' comment from the wet suit attendant on Mabul island. Beggars can't be choosers!