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Bali - 2005-06-28 - Troppo Zone Trip - Day 1

Tuesday was the first day of the 2 day trip that I had signed up for through the hotel. It cost me about $75, which included a nights stay in a Bali 5-Star hotel (about 2-3 stars back home). The trip of course did not leave on time, hotel organized trips never do, but it was only about 30 minutes late. We took 4 vans for the 20 some people that went. I was the only non-Aussie, and by far the oldest. The nice thing was that I met a nice Australian girl (Laura) who was actually interesting to talk to (most were party people around 18-20). Laura told me a lot about Thailand where I was going next, she had been there & loved it. We also talked a lot about college as she was becoming a nurse. I would also meet 2 other guys who were good to talk to & spent most of my time with these 3 people. The first day of the trip included stops at the monkey forest (where I got a picture with a monkey on my head) & got to see an impressive forest.

Before going in the monkey forest Grumpy had give us a basic Balinese way of thinking lesson. Here people think of things in groups of 2. Men/women, sky/earth, pretty/ugly. They also think that things that are bad must once again become good. That is why he explained that he had a necklace of a swastika & that you would see it around Bali (which I had) . The people here do not dispute that it was a bad sign in the past, but they feel it has been bad to long & know must be good (2 sides). It was an interesting talk that also covered things like why people from Bali can be so poor & so happy at the same time & differences in culture. It was mainly a comparison to Australia, but it also applied to back home to. After the monkey forest we caught some lunch, which is also were I started talking to Danny & Dave to 2 cool guys I had mentioned before. The view from the restaurant was great as we could see the surrounding forests & rice fields. After lunch we headed to a huge lake where you could do water sports, but I just chose to look around the shops. Then we went to a temple where Grumpy explained more about Balinese religion. We also got to see huge pythons, mongoose, iguanas & bats, although I declined having any pictures taken with them on me :) After that we headed to the waterfall which was my favorite part of the trip. I had a boy from the village who walked with me & pointed out tons of things for me & DIDN'T try to sell me anything :) There were kids walking with most every person on the way down there. Some people gave the kids money when we came back. I did not because I think that sets a bad precedence, the kid I had was just interested in us, giving him money would corrupt him & make him think people will always do that. It would make him like the salespeople in Kuta. I learned what so many plants looked like & learned about the local culture as well from my little guide.

After that we went to the hotel & I got my own room, since I was the only person traveling by themselves. One of the channels on the TV was in English so I watched a little CNN Asia before going to the pool. At the pool I had a good talk with Dave & Danny before we got out buffet supper. We also saw 2 different Balinese dancers which were cool. Then the drinking games started, which were clearly setup for 19 year old Australians, so I decided to call it an early night. Some of the people from the trip are in the last picture.

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Larger Version - 01 - Monkey Sanctuary & Forest
01 - Monkey Sanctuary & Forest
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Larger Version - 02 - Brock & Monkey
02 - Brock & Monkey
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Larger Version - 03 - Monkey
03 - Monkey
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Larger Version - 04 - Sanctuary
04 - Sanctuary
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Larger Version - 05 - Monkey
05 - Monkey
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Larger Version - 06 - Monkey
06 - Monkey
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Larger Version - 07 - Statue & Monkey
07 - Statue & Monkey
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Larger Version - 08 - Our view at Lunch
08 - Our view at Lunch
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Larger Version - 09 - Our view at Lunch of Rice Fields
09 - Our view at Lunch of Rice Fields
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Larger Version - 10 - Road View
10 - Road View
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Larger Version - 11 - Lake Stop
11 - Lake Stop
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Larger Version - 12 - Lake Stop
12 - Lake Stop
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Larger Version - 13 - Temple
13 - Temple
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Larger Version - 14 - Lake & Boat
14 - Lake & Boat
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Larger Version - 15 - Lake & Boat
15 - Lake & Boat
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Larger Version - 16 - One Tour Guide & Mongoose
16 - One Tour Guide & Mongoose
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Larger Version - 17 - Iguana
17 - Iguana
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Larger Version - 18 - Another Guide & Python
18 - Another Guide & Python
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Larger Version - 19 - Waterfall
19 - Waterfall
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Larger Version - 20 - My friend & Waterfall
20 - My friend & Waterfall
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Larger Version - 21 - Waterfall
21 - Waterfall
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Larger Version - 22 - Part of Our Group
22 - Part of Our Group
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