Bali – Nick’s Bday traveling to Permuteran 27Jan14

We took off early on a four hour drive north with Putu and made a few stops along the way. Turned out to be such an epic trip. The Bali countryside is gorgeous. So lush! Watermelons are in season, so is rice i guess. Wondering if rice is ever not in season.
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We got the surprised of a lifetime when we pulled over to take photos of the Twin Lakes below and happened upon a dude with bats, snakes, and lizards. He was charging tourists a few bucks to take pictures with them.
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Holy shit I’ve never been so close to a bat before, let alone touch it and hold it. Their leathery wings felt delicate to me, even though I’m sure they’re super tough. The one I held was called Leyla. When she shifted on my waist, her little claws were scratching my ski and I could tell she just wanted to be back on her perch, sleeping upside down. I felt a little bit bad about messing with them during their sleep time, but I couldn’t miss this amazing opportunity.
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These fruit bats were huge! And surprisingly cute! Their little faces reminded us of our MIA dog at home.
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And then he brought out the baby Burmese python. I was a little intimidated, that’s for sure.
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The lizards were cool too. We’ve become quite the animal tourists over here in south east Asia.
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Next stop was a waterfall. By the way, I had no idea we were even stopping at all, so this was such an amazing surprise as well. Nick had to stay back at the car because it was about a quarter mile hike down into the jungle. He made a friend though, as he always does. Apparently they had a great conversation about the swastika and how it has been a symbol of peace and harmony for hundreds and hundreds of years before Hitler got a hold of it. Sadly, we had no idea until we began seeing it everywhere here in Asia.
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Back to the waterfall. Oh my GOD, I am in love with waterfalls now. This particular one was very shallow all the way until the base. I felt so tiny next to it’s massive power. I could have stayed there all day. Brandon and I lucked out to have about 20 minutes without any other tourists crowding our shots!
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Once in the tiny town of Permuteran on the north west side of Bali, we settled into the first place we saw: Suka Sari. What a find! Thanks Putu for carrying Nick’s bags.
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The bathroom! Outdoor shower, shaded by banana trees. Wow. We can’t wait to shit under the stars (if it’ll ever clear up).
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Other than all THAT amazingness, Nick’s 36th Birthday was fairly uneventful. Brandon got a bottle of Absolute vodka and we had the fresh catch of the day (Mahi Mahi) at our hotel restaurant while it rained outside. And by fresh, I mean fresh. This is the dude who caught it.
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