The Daily – 1/11

Word of the Day: Stormy Seas

Notable / Highlight of the Day: we visited Batu Balong Temple, Nixoma, and Nusa Dua trying to find a surf sight that was surfable, but with the storms, the seas were all chop.
Had any of us been decent surfers, Nusa Dua would have been ok, but it was low tide and the coral reef was sticking out of the water. Since none of us knew how to turn our boards while surfing, we’d all land in the reef and likely bloodied and battered.
I ended up cancelling the surfing session to try to push my passport process along. And it worked: the guy finally let me know that I could get my Visa photos and finger prints.
We all decided to go to Wacko burger again for dinner, and this time I brought my appetite. Linard was feeling much better and super chatty in Swiss. I was sitting with Christof and Cedric and everyone was smiling until Christof took a bite of his burger and turned a shade of grey. He said he felt fine but ended his dinner early and came back to Kima to puke his brains out.
We, on the other hand, all enjoyed wings and ice creams on top of our burgers: a fat kid’s dream.
Current Location: Bali, Indonesia
Dollars Spent Today: $20 on food
Mood Emoji:πŸ”πŸ¨

The Daily – 1/10

Word of the Day: Infirmary

Notable / Highlight of the Day: I was healthy, a bit tired, but feeling good. I had booked a 6:30 am surf session. But when I woke up, I heard the rain/thunder/lightening, shut off my alarm, and went back to sleep until nearly 10am.
I hung out with Michal for a bit and heard about his morning. He had gone out by boat to surf near a reef. One of the girls in his group wasn’t paying attention and floated off, getting picked up by a random boat and dropped back to shore.
As the day rolled along everyone started rolling out into the social area, battered, bruised, and sick. There was a pile of sleeping humans dominating one of the lounge areas and people snoring away on bean-bag chairs by the pool.
I was supposed to head out for the afternoon session, but opted instead to stay close and rest and possibly do an evening yoga session instead.
I woke up in time from my nap to get a massage with Bianca, and afterwards headed straight to yoga. Which was a bit of a mistake because I was still covered in massage oil and holding some positions was challenging. The one I did finally get close to mastering though, was the headstand! I may not trust myself without a wall, but I was holding the pose on my own.
Current Location: Bali, Indonesia
Dollars Spent Today: $8 on massage, $8 on yoga class: $12 on food
Mood Emoji: πŸ€ΈπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

The Daily – 1/9

Word of the Day: Sun’s Out

Notable / Highlight of the Day: The day was full of surfing, sunshine, lounging, and lazy plans. I haven’t gotten used to the height of the swells that roll in well above my head, nor the speed at which my board moves when I catch a wave.
I also don’t particularly enjoy getting tumbled in a wave and worrying where my board is. I gave myself a nice ‘tattoo’ on the back of one of my arms when I was protecting my face from the board. Glad I did it though.
The afternoon session was a challenge though. There was a group of American guys who came to the camp the day before, Andrew and Evan along with our usual suspects, Maureen, Bianca, Melody, etc. The shore break was so challenging and exausting we all ended up on the beach after getting pushed back over and over again. I have no idea how Doris made it out or caught anything as everyone else was flailing. We should have started a beach bon-fire there were so many of us sitting out because it was useless.
I do love watching the guides surf though, and was holdig my board up to protect myself from the sun with the girls standing behind me to also bask in the shade. Delon finally convinced me to get back in towards the end of the session and I nearly immediately caught a great wave and rode it nearly to shore. Still can’t turn though.
Fabricio, our Italian Cassinova and Wad/Aladin were leaving that night and I was so sad to see them go. While it was fun to flirt with Fabricio, they both added to much life to the camp and were so inclusive. I hope our paths cross again some day.
We had all talked about going out, but ended up with everyone hanging in and going to bed early.
Current Location: Bali, Indonesia
Dollars Spent Today: probably about $20
Mood Emoji: πŸ˜‰

The Daily – 1/8

Word of the Day: Waterfalls

Notable / Highlight of the Day: Adi was taking Bianca, her friend and I to a beautiful and huge waterfall so We just hung about for the morning. Unfortunately I had woken up at 6:30 and couldn’t fall asleep, so it was a lot of hanging around.

Adi let us know he was here and we piled into his car. And then we drove and drove and drove, slicing through the middle of the island for two hours, looking at rice paddies, volcanoes, a huge lakes until we turned down a steep, bumpy, one lane road and bobbled along with a dozen uniformed school kids chasing along.

We arrived in the hot, dusty parking lot and piled to stretch and start our short hike to the waterfall. It was quiet and green and there were quite a few stairs. But it was a short walk and within 20 minutes we were staring at a huge, beautiful waterfall.

The water was cold but we dove in anyways and alternated between swimming and basking in the sun. Adi took a few pictures of us before joining us for a swim.

There was a path off to the side that we explored which led to three more waterfalls and a small cave, but the sky was starting to cloud over and we wanted to get out before the rain. So up up up we went until we were back at the car for a long ride back.

We stopped for lunch at a JFC, Indonesia’ knock-off version of KFC. And, as Sam was staying in Ubud, we made a detour to drop her off which added some extra quality time in the car. But her and Bianca were giggling like kids in the back and Adi was happily driving while giving us many examples of how to us the word fuck in traffic. Yeah, Bali has a lot of traffic.

It ended up being a quiet night, eating at Kima and hanging out with everyone.

Current Location: Bali, Indonesia
Dollars Spent Today: $10 on food
Mood Emoji: πŸŠβ€β™€οΈπŸŒ‹

The Daily – 1/7

Word of the Day: Boy & Cow

Notable / Highlight of the Day: The morning session was exhausting. Paddle paddle paddle paddle and then get smacked by a whole lot of waves while trying to get to the lineup. I’m catching them when I try, but wow they move surprisingly fast and getting up on the board seems like a bad idea. But, I’m doing it.
The afternoon was spent just loafing around the communal outdoor space chatting, eating, and joking. As usual there was a cheery group of guides playing guitar and teasing each other.
It was Tom’s birthday and Bianca had the brilliant idea to make a reservation at the steakhouse as Tom had wanted to go a few days ago. So our group of 8 walked down and found a very hip and trendy steakhouse that looked like it was in an old warehouse but was probably new construction.
The meal was delicious, huge, and really pricey. We even had a bit of fun with one of the murals in the hallway.
Most everyone from dinner was done for the night, but Christoff, Linard and I, along with several others from camp headed out to La Favela for some dancing. The place looked like the inside of a pirate ship and had mediocre music, but we had a blast dancing all night and watching Fabricio hit on girls. I had even danced with Max for a minute, but decided I didn’t want to five him the wrong idea.
When I got home I had a text message from Jade saying she had gotten engaged!!! I called her up but my phone was nearly dead so I could only say congrats before darkness. A few of us hung out for a bit longer before calling it a night.
Current Location: Bali, Indonesia.
Dollars Spent Today: $70
Mood Emoji: 🌊

The Daily – 1/6

Word of the Day: Washing Machine

Notable / Highlight of the Day: I went out in the morning two star session with Maureen a New Yorker who’s here for a few weeks. She’s better than I am, but fun to hang out with.
I caught the first wave I tried for and then went off the front of my board and felt like I went through the spin cycle of a washing machine. I was covering my face with my arms, thank goodness, because the board hit me and gave me a pretty big bruise. When I stood up I managed to get hit and knocked down by a succession of three waves. I wish I had video as it must have been hilarious to see.
But, I was then scared to get back out there and surf. The guides were encouraging but the waves looked huge when they were coming at us in the water. I hung out for a while and the guides finally convinced me to try a few more times. I caught a few more waves and definitely struggled to get back out through the waves.
But I did it, and was thoroughly exhausted, and slightly more frightened of the ocean.
That evening, after hanging out and eating too much, we all went down to a burger place for dinner. Bali belly seems to be rotating through as Lindsey got sick in the middle of dinner. It was delicious though, and I ate so much that I had to donate 1/2 my burger to Fabricio and Cecil.
Current Location: Bali, Indonesia
Dollars Spent Today: $15 on food
Mood Emoji: 🌊

The Daily – 1/5

Word of the Day: Molten-Chocolate Brownie

Notable / Highlight of the Day: I graduated to level two, now I’m ‘ready’ to surf green waves!!! The guides started teaching me how to turn and control my board more in the water.

One of my favorite things about the camp is that all the guides are Indonesian. They’re not all local from Bali, but it’s really fun hanging out with them. They giggle like no ones business, love singing and playing guitar, and always have a good time. Oh, and they have great names: Risky, Dandy, Adi Ayam, they’re so so great.

I had to work on processing my visa extension, so I couldn’t go out with the level two groups until I figured out how to find someone who can process it faster than the agency the surf camp uses. The guy on the corner said his agent could get it back by the 11th, which was perfect since that’s when I wanted to head out to komodo to go diving with Bruno.

I had a quick surf session because I finally got the appointment at 4 pm and sat and met with the agent. He was saying, yes, can do by the 11th or 12, you should have your passport back by the 15th. Which I explained when he already had my passport I needed it by the 11th. I now expect to have it back by the 17th or 18th and because of this, I likely won’t get to see Bruno, but need to process my passport so I can meet up with Matt at the beginning of February in Sumatra.

What I wasn’t thinking was that Bruno and I could process our passports together because he needed to get his visa. Whoops.

That night, we had a few new guys join the camp and a bunch of us finally went to get those sizzling brownies at the Indian place. Somehow the restaurant was able to accommodate 14 people at a moments notice. They were renovating their 2nd floor dining area so had tons of space.

Leonard and I split a ton of food and Lindsey and I split the sizzling brownie dessert. It was a really fun, impromptu dinner and the sizzling brownie I was dreaming about for days was so worth the wait.

Current Location: Bali, Indonesia
Dollars Spent Today: $20 on meals
Mood Emoji: πŸ„πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ€°(food baby)