10 Things that Surprised us about Bali!
We fell in love with Bali during our visit. The island has so much to offer for travellers. We are talking about moving to Bali for a while after John retires. Spending a few months diving into the culture and having as many Bali massages and spa treatments as possible.
Today I am excited to share what surprised us about Bali. These are the things we could never have imagined before visiting the island.
1. Ubud water palace next to Starbucks
We went to get a coffee and found more than we ever could have imagined.
2. No modesty during the massage but oh so good.
This post about our Bali Massage experiences explains so much about what it is like to get a Balinese massage.
3. Coffee art
We ordered a latte at a local coffee shop and were so surprised when we looked at the cup. The barista was a true coffee artist and surprised us each day with a new design.
4. Spaghetti marinara
I know this sounds a bit crazy but I had the best Spaghetti Marinara of my life in Bali. The fresh tomatoes, garlic and Bali magic made for spaghetti dishes I still dream about. I would go back just to have more Spaghetti. Crazy but so good!
5. So open about culture and history. So much love for their country.
Everywhere you look in Bali you are surrounded by culture and history. One of the things we loved was how open our guides were to teaching us about the culture and what we were seeing.
6. Watermelon juice
Hello yum! If you are in Bali you just can’t go wrong with the fresh watermelon juice. It is so dang good!
7. Temples everywhere
There are so many types of temples in Bali. Village temples, clan temples, market temples, irrigation temples, temples to nature deities, and state temples of former kingdoms.
8. Cremation on the side of the road
As we were driving around the island we didn’t expect to see a cremation ceremony on the side of the road. In America we keep our births and deaths tucked away out of site. In Bali life and death is celebrated as a community.
9. The number of ceremonies that are held. Wedding, funeral, temple anniversaries
As you drive around the island you will see wedding ceremonies, funerals and temple anniversaries almost guaranteed every day. The Balinese celebrate life and community in a big way. Our guide told us that he could easily attend at least one ceremony a day just in his village.
10. The number of massage parlors and spas on every street corner
If you are planning on a having a spa experience in Bali it will not be hard to find one. From our first hotel we could see 4 massage/spa parlors from one street corner. One thing to know is they all have various levels of luxury or non-luxury. The first one we visited had pvc pipe beds and shower curtains between the rooms. It was super cheap and honestly the best massage I have ever had for only $3 an hour.
11. There are 1000s of mopeds on the street. Many of them with 3-5 adults/kids on them.