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    Heading north

    August 8 in Indonesia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    im up at 6 and thankfully I packed last night. When I go to take a shower there's a bloody big cockroach in the room which gives me the biggest wake up call and after chasing him round the bathroom decide to stand in the bath and share my space. I book a grab and shortly after arriving get picked up by my driver Dodi. It's a bit of a nightmare to get round Bali with a rucksack as riding a scooter with something so big isn't really an option and there are no public buses so bargaining and sharing private buses is the only way to do it really. Dodi drives to Ubud where I get out of the car and take a coffee before being joined by two other people for the remainder of the journey. As we drive we pass a temple called Goa Lawah where there are hundreds of people walking along the road dressed in there "Sunday best" , today is the start of Odalan which celebrates the coming of the gods on each anniversary of the foundation of the temple.Inhabitants wear the traditional clothing and women carry the offerings on their head to bring to the temple. Temples are decorated with countless flowers and offerings. After the prayer, water is sprayed on the faithful and blessed rice is distributed. The faithful then apply it on their temples, the throat and the forehead. As we continue driving we pass so many beautiful shorelines and fauna. The hotel is beautiful and I'm glad I have a night here before moving to my budget accommodation. I don't waste any time in dropping my bags and having a dip in the lovely pool. In the evening Bobby and I ride down to the Reggae bar and enjoy dinner and a few beers before getting an early night as I'm exhaustedRead more