Bali – the End of the Story

Every good thing comes to an end. And our journey in Bali was nearing completion. But we did not give up that easily. Instead of sleeping late and preparing mentally and physically for the long journey back to Bulgaria, we organized a half-day tour of some of the places that we had not visited during our stay here. The morning after we finished packing our luggage, we hopped on the motorbike for the last time and headed to the rice fields of Changu to have breakfast. On the way, we passed by a ceremony.

the end of our journey in Bali

The breakfast was pleasant both as food and as a spiritual delight. The view before us, the attitude of the Balinese waiters and waitresses who served us during the breakfast, the conversation we had with them, telling them that it was our last day there (I am sure some of them noticed the pain in our voices) and their wish for us to come back and meet them again… everything was amazing.

the end of our journey in Bali

Later came the driver (and guide, too), who was called Putu, or more exactly, I Putu. It turned out that besides the standard four names – Wayang, Made, Nyoman and Ketut – there is an alternative to Wayang (the first child) which was Putu. He told us that the I before his name means he is a man, and II means that the person is a woman (Putu II). By the way, he was a delightful person who spoke fluent English and strived to tell us everything he knew. After little time for clarifying what we wanted to see, we started our tour.

I Putu’s car

Pura Desa Temple

The first stop was Pura Desa, a big Hindu temple from the 11th century. When we arrived, there were no ceremonies so we managed to look around and explore each of its spots undisturbed.

the end of our journey in Bali
the end of our journey in Bali
the end of our journey in Bali
the end of our journey in Bali
the end of our journey in Bali
the end of our journey in Bali
Afternoon nap in the temple 🙂
I hope I have not made the Gods furious

Last shopping in Ubud

Our next stop was Ubud. We went there again not by chance :), but to visit the biggest open market in Bali and pack our suitcases with presents. Carried away by haggles, we did not sense how time flew. We were already professional “traders” and we managed to at least halve all the prices.

the end of our journey in Bali
the end of our journey in Bali

Here’s the result of our humble shopping 🙂

the end of our journey in Bali

Goa Gajah (the Elephant Cave)

the end of our journey in Bali

The sanctuary was built during the 9th century at the confluence of two rivers in order to benefit from the holy power of both. One can notice the cave whose entrance is in the form of an elephant head.

the end of our journey in Bali

An altar and statues of all the Gods can be found inside, too.

the end of our journey in Bali
the end of our journey in Bali
the end of our journey in Bali

On the other side, there was a holy water pool, flowing from three stone statues.

the end of our journey in Bali
the end of our journey in Bali

Photoshoot with traditional Balinese wear

Despite that, we only had a couple of hours before our flight, we wanted to take the maximum of Bali. That’s why we told Putu that we wanted to have a photoshoot with traditional Balinese costumes.

He immediately called here and there and off we went. In the first place, it was quite expensive (at least for Bali) and more time-consuming than we expected, so we continued. In the second place, there was no make-up artist (I think they neither had costumes 🙂 ). However, in the third place, which Putu told us he was most certain of, the photo shoot happened. They changed us into traditional costumes and put the make-up on.

the end of our journey in Bali
the end of our journey in Bali

A professional photographer appeared in no time and the photoshoot was done.

the end of our journey in Bali
the end of our journey in Bali
the end of our journey in Bali
the end of our journey in Bali
the end of our journey in Bali
the end of our journey in Bali

While we were busy removing the make-up and drinking tea, the photos were ready and copied to a disk.

the end of our journey in Bali
the end of our journey in Bali

We arrived at the airport, and after many goodbyes with Putu and wishes for the best of luck in our future endeavors, we separated. We were so lucky to spend three weeks in heaven, but you can also explore Bali in just 10 days!

It was time we said: GOODBYE, BALI! See you again!

the end of our journey in Bali

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