Soooo I Got A Tattoo……

Settling back into the Canggu Community of hipster Bali, Pat’s original travelling companion Matt joined them at the Jungle House Hotel. Pat and Matt had been travelling since October through Nepal, Vietnam and Thailand.

With another Skater lad to hang out with and watch Jess thought it time to make some girlfriends. Plucking up courage she made a few failed attempts at not bonding. Making new ‘Girl’ friends at this point in her travelling experience was extremely difficult. The three travellers moved on to Canggu Castle which Jess thought was the best hostel they had stayed in so far. Persevering with her attempts at making finally paid off.

“She’s 22, so not a lot older than me compared to everyone else.”

Jess’s new German friend was travelling alone and was a good tonic of spirit, fun and company! An American followed and a couple of Portuguese soon after. So while the lads were Skating Jess and her new friends had a few good days of “bonding”, “chilling”, “exploring” and shopping at Old Man’s Sunday Market.

CANGGU CASTLE BALI

I am glad my daughter loves food! I am not surprised one of her favourite places to eat was Ithaka Canggu! As someone who has suffered from “Hangar” since she was little this menu can refuel any foodie!

For less than £3 healthy portions of Gado Gado – Peanut Sauce with Veggies and Rice or Nasi Goreng – with Sambal Sauce or Pad Thai etc… etc… can be devoured. Western Fusion Food is also on the menu – The Canggu Combo – Veggies, eggplant balls, Tapas, omelette, rice fritters, and samba sauce. They even serve Tapas, or Build your own Sandwiches -Yummy!

Jess also loved the local Balinese ‘Warung’s’ and even though she had become ‘Veggie” liked ‘Shmurger” at Berawa’s Kitchen. Jess is also a bit of an avocado fan.

I THINK THIS IS PIZZA?


BREAKFAST

Fifteen days into her trip I was still missing Jess very much. I am not sure why people become tearful when they are happy to see someone they miss. But I felt relieved and happy and sad all at the same time and during a video call must have come across as a wounded animal.

So my Gen’Z child sends me a lovely comforting “Don’t cry” message then slam dunks me with ….

“Soooooo….I got a tattoo….don’t shoot me…What’d u think?….

“Followed shortly by a cheeky message of photos

“…Here’s some pics if u miss my face”.

Like the Yoga classes in Ubud Jessie had been researching where to get a Tattoo done – La Femme Tattoo House does have an impressive Instagram account, and a day after her 2nd Rabies injection my daughter, the first person in my family entered ‘La Femme Tattoo House’ in Badung and let a talented tattoo artist inscribe in ink her arm with “dainty fine lines”.

Pat and Matt’s mums later found out their boys had been “inked” in Thailand and they were also left temporarily speechless. I had given Jess a pashmina before she left the UK to wear in Temples, this apparently is perfect for keeping the Sun off a new Tattoo!

The final few days in Bali started to become more entangled with all the Australian travel and work plans. Instead of going back to Ubud they stayed on at Canggu Castle for a few more days, soaking up Pretty Poison Vibes and being sociable. La Laguna was a perfect place for “hipster” Somerset types who are accustomed to Bunting and Wagons! Then they moved in convoy on scooters and in a Gojeck to Uluwata in the South of Bali. This would also make it easier for the Airport.

LA LAGUNA BALI
PADANG PADANG BEACH

The three buddies stayed at the Karma Backpacker Hostel and relaxed on Padang Padang beach. Jessie’s favourite place to eat was ‘Single Fin’. A bar/Cafe/Restaurant/Shop overlooking “a surfers spiritual home” – The Indian Ocean. Set above the Warung’s along the Suluban Beach and below the Blue Point Hotel and Spa.

Cocktails on the balcony and a dip in the pool?

“Don’t catch me drinking my daiquiri”

Here you can have Acai Berries and Revolver coffee for breakfast in the Nula Bowl Shack, Uluwata Burgers and Coconut Pudding in the Restaurant for Lunch, Tapas for Dinner and Late night Cocktails and Music on Thursdays and Sundays. Jess said the Cocktails were around £5.

SINGLE FIN ULUWATA

Being ex-dancers, skaters , gymnasts and adventurers they had to see the Kecak Fire Dance at the Open Air Amphitheatre on the cliff top by the Temple. With the Sunsetting into the Indian Ocean as the backdrop to this Great Hindu Epic Story it must be rather impressive. They missed the performance in Ubud which featured an all female cast. This one was all Male.

Jess, still wearing her pashmina was perfectly dressed for the performance. The lads were given beautiful purple sarongs to tie around their waists that covered their legs. Jessie found it amusing that everyone used their story sheets that explained the performance as Fans to waft away the heat. This was a good end to her trip on the Island of Bali, the only problem now was being on her own in Australia and missing Pat.

FIRE DANCE ULUWATA
BALCONY OVERLOOKING THE INDIAN OCEAN
SO LONG !
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‘Echo Beach, Far Away In Time’

Two good old friends, both women, recommended Echo Beach and Canggu as safe and cool places to visit on the Island of Bali. Growing up in London during the 1980’s I had only heard of Echo Beach through my love of New Wave and Post Punk Music. Martha and The Muffins wrote the best ever Nostalgic, Intellectual, Dreamy Beach and Surf Song with their hit ‘Echo Beach’. It was inspiring! It conjured up visions of Blue sea, gentle waves and Stunning Sunsets in Faraway lands. ( I find it hard to believe it is about Chesil Beach, like some people say – It’s windy and freezing and clunky with massive pebbles there). I Google Earthed the route from the beach to MojoSurf Hostel several times to get a feel for it, and wished I could be there too!

PRETTY POISON

Jess and Pat stayed at the Ahoy Hostel after Mojo and then went on to House of Canggu . Between Canggu and Berawa is Pretty Poison – perfect for these two, as both enjoy this Hipster/Grunge ‘Bintang’ drinking nightlife and had a skateboard in tow. That nights’ What’s App message was

“He’s Happy, he’s skating”

Pretty Poison is the brainchild of a Mum from Bondi – Clever Woman! How creative and full of life is this place? Reminding me again of my youth.

The words in Jess’s photo made me happy!

On day 6 of her trip I missed several phone calls. I didn’t panic as it didn’t feel like I should, but finally Jess got me with a Face Time call. I could instantly see something was wrong. While ‘carting’ around on the back of a scooter and waiting at a red traffic light, a scruffy dog ran out of a shop and bit Jessie on the calf leaving two puncture wounds. What’s sad about this is she has been practically brought up with dogs her whole life and has never been scared or bitten by one, and she felt sorry for this one.

Pat was a hero and drove her around several Medical Emergency Rooms before finding one with the correct vaccine. Having already had the Rabies injections in the UK, I was unaware you had to have more if bitten. Within an hour of the bite a wonderful nurse and Doctor at Abdi Medicca in Canggu treated her and made her feel well.

They paid on different cards as it cost £250 and started an insurance claim that night. But it didn’t end there. Jess broke out in hives and had an allergic reaction to the antibiotics within an hour of taking them. I phoned her Doctors in the UK and told them what medicines had been given to her only to be told – yes she’s allergic to that one. Pat was a hero for the second time that night and ‘carted’ her back so the Doctor could administered the antidote!

Before the trip we had spent a longtime working out what Medical Kit to take. What we should have done is written a list of allergies to medicines and foods!

NASI GORENG

The next day they were “In a Grab going to Ubud” Already over her Rabies Bite Injury and Shock and was looking forward to her stay in Ubud. Lunch was ready – Nasi Goreng,

“I’m vegetarian now as well”

They stayed at the WWBackpacker Hostel with views to the river and Rice paddy fields. Jess had read a Blog by a Girl into Yoga and was going to go to one not far away called the ‘Ubud Yoga House’ which was according to the Blog the best one for Beginners.

She also bought herself some books amazingly!

‘How to Fight” by Thich Nhat Hanh (Zen Master)

and ‘The Courage to be Disliked’ by Chiro Kishimi & Fumitake Koga.

Who said Gen Z’s can’t read physical books?? I am extremely proud of my daughter for encouraging her inner Zen, looking after herself with Yoga and not being scared of dogs (see photo of Hostel entrance) .

FRIENDLY HOSTEL DOGS


Not sure what HOTMAIL is thinking when it blocks travellers from their own account for 30 days!!! Especially when they are in the middle of Indonesia with no Sim card!! Both of them had issues with this. Suspicious events in Indonesia? Locked out ! Yes, that is them trying to look at their emails! I would suggest as a mum, that your travelling Kids have a couple of email addresses set up and maybe your own mobile as security in case they need to verify their account – but this takes a month to be set up. I ended up taking pictures of her emails and What’s App-ing them to her. Bring back Faxes.

Rice Terraces

At Gypsy Lust Hostel they had Rooftop Yoga, a Large Swan to Swim with and Sunrise Trekking. They also walked along the Campuhan Ridge.

Ubud

And visited the Rice Paddies and went to the Waterfalls dodging the rain. Jess said there was a lot more to do in Ubud and had a lot of fun.

Campuhan Ridge
Rainy Season

Dilemma – The weather isn’t great you have one day left before returning to Canggu for your 2nd Rabies Vaccine which you cannot miss and it may be your only chance to Walk up an Active Volcano in the Dark! Of course she went. A 2am ride to Mount Batur and a 2 hour Hike with torches up a wet Volcano 1,717 metres High.

Well, I think this young Woman can be proud of herself. In the photos on Social Media this trip looks magical like you have actually been flown up to the top in blue skies and a magical sunrise appears.

The reality of this trip was – You can do it! You did DofE! In wind and rain in the dark up quite steep slopes that were slippery the finish line at the top was a huge achievement – you had survived! And the view even in the clouds was still worth it as can be seen in the ecstatic wind swept faces of Jess and her travelling companions.

“@*!?*Did it A *@?!* active Volcano n I have climbed it.”

Mt Batur
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