Thursday, March 12, 2020

Five Things in Bali

We went to Bali for a long weekend last month. We go there regularly, almost always in conjunction with a work trip. This was our first trip just the two of us, just for fun. J kept saying "go airplane to Bali!" for days before we left.

1. We stayed near the beach at a family-friendly resort, though J did NOT want to go in 'the big pool' (the ocean). "Baby no like it," he told me. He thinks his name is Baby. So we hung out in the actual pool and had a smoothie at the swim-up bar. Baby liked that!

2. The day before we left (Thursday), I told J we'd go see turtles and monkeys. Saturday, as we got in the car with our favorite driver/guide, J asked about the monkeys and turtles. We went to the turtle conservation and education center, where he adopted a baby sea turtle to be released. He named her Maya. A week later we got the video of the release, and he watched it over and over. "Bye bye Maya!" We saw monkeys at Uluwatu temple, which he loved. Successful turtle/monkey day.

3. The night we arrived, a huge thunderstorm started after we landed. While waiting for a taxi, there was a very close lightning strike and a huge clap of thunder. All the people around us screamed; we were in an outdoor but covered pavilion. I've been working on making thunder/lightning normal parts of life for J, and I hit on something that stuck that night: we call lightning 'the light show' and now he gets all excited! "Oooh! Another light show!"

4. We had an impromptu photo shoot at our hotel with the resident photography studio. We were sweaty and hot and J wouldn't stop moving to pose, but man were those some awesome photos. That was an unexpected highlight.

5. On our last night we ate at the hotel's Japanese restaurant, where J ordered the very traditional peanut butter sandwich and french fries. While he picked at those, he inhaled the watermelon balls his meal came with. He then proceeded to ask every single waitperson for more melon until a huge plate appeared. He ate all but one piece. (As I write this he is eating watermelon for dinner.)

We love Bali! One of the nice perks of being in Surabaya is proximity to great island getaways.