Whew! We are finally in Bali after two and a half days of travel, four flights, and a whole lotta stopovers. I left Manila in the morning after five restless hours in a very boring airport. I was super restless on the flight to Jakarta, cause there was nothing for me to do – no book, and I’d already seen the movie that was playing 😦
Getting into Jakarta I was SO pumped to see Chelsea, and waited by her baggage carousel for her to get in from Taipei, her stopover point. It was such a great reunion! We hadn’t seen each other in a year since she lives on the other side of Canada, but it felt like no time had passed at all as we caught up and waited for her bag to appear. The Jakarta airport was hot and confusing, but I love a challenge and soon we found a Starbucks (!), got iced coffees and found out where to catch the shuttle to the other terminal to catch our final flight.
The traffic! Oh man the traffic was the worst thing I had ever seen in my life, literally inching along, people cutting each other off, motorbikes zooming around in the tiny gaps, and near misses at every turn. What should have been a two-minute ride turned into a twenty-minute crawl. Our choice to give Jakarta a miss was a good one, I think!
Our seven hour stopover was cool, though, I tried my first Indo dish (can’t remember the name but it was flat noodles and beef, mmm) and we got our AirAsia flights all sorted out as well, with a real human behind a desk – way easier than trying to figure it out from Canada. We waited in the (very boring) terminal for EVER, made friends and traded travel stories with some Americans headed to Bali, and finally boarded our last slightly delirious flight to get to our final destination. It is noteworthy to mention that our Asian seatmate was singing karaoke to himself, to our delight and awe. We felt bad but totally had a case of the giggles over it!
We arrived, found a taxi and found our hostel, which is so gorgeous!! I booked it at the recommendation of another travel blogger and she did not disappoint. It is perfect for us, centrally located, super clean with friendly staff. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants a great place to stay in Kuta.
We crashed hard, in our lovely soft bed, and slept and slept and slept. Heaven!
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- Bali, a startup paradise? Definitely seems like it (e27.co)
- The Ultimate Girls’ Trip: Bali with Spirit Quest Tours (prweb.com)
- You Gotta Love Bali (shutteroutloud.wordpress.com)