Pura Tanah Lot – Bali, Indonesia
Going to Bali and Making new friends, Indonesia
Indonesia is a beautiful country – very different than Thailand, mainly because Indonesia is a Muslim country. New sights, new sounds, new smells – my senses are very happy to be here.
I flew Bangkok-Jakarta late at night on June 16th – arriving at 11:30PM. After immigration and security and baggage it was about 1AM. I had a pre-reserved flight to Bali leaving at 6AM so I just stayed in the airport. I met two girls from Aussie and 1 guy from Philippines, so we all stayed up talking through the night. At 4AM I went up to Merpati Airlines to get in for my flight and they said “you don’t have a flight, that reservation was for 3 hrs only”. Seriously? I checked it 2 days before and everything was in order – I reserved the flight instead of purchasing because Indonesian websites so not allow international credit cards to pay for anything. So yeah, here I am in Jakarta airport, 4AM, after staying up all night and now with no flight. I booked another flight but I had to switch terminals. My flight was leaving at 1PM. I was SO exhausted by this time and eventually I landed in Bali. My Couchsurfing host, named Titik, picked me up and took me to her house in the Bali country side – stunning scenery!
Titik picked me up with a scooter. I had my backpack and inconveniently a carry-on rolly. She put that between her feet and I sat behind her. I am a weakly – about halfway to her place, on bumpy windy roads – my abs were vibrating with pain and I worried I may just slip off the end. Titik stopped us for soup – and I thank her for her impeccable timing. No Chrystal road kill this time.
Bali is a small island so I could see everything in a short time. Only problem is there is NO public transportation on Bali – so I hired a motorbike driver to take me around – I am lousy and do not feel comfortable driving around by myself on a moto, nor do I enjoy navigating a place I do not know which does not have street signs.
I saw the magnificent and beautiful ocean-side temples of Pura Tanah Lot and Pura Batu Balong. Tanah Lot means “Land in the Sea” in Balinese language and the temple is located close to the airport in Denpansar – only 20KM away. Batu Balong means “Stone in Mud” and is next to Pura Tanah Lot. These two temples are part of seven sea temples around the coast of Bali.
Then Titik took me to Dreamland beach where the waves were HUGE. I stood in ankle deep water and a wave would break about 5 meters in front of me and I would be pushed back to forcefully by the way I’d end up 20 feet away trying to stand and not drown. And I am a very good swimmer. It was fun even though it was scary to see these massive waves coming right at me looking like they wanted to eat me.