Sunsets from Nusa Lembongan

Sunsets from Nusa Lembongan

Two different times, friends told us we should go to Nusa Lembongan to swim with manta rays.

Friends from home suggested we hire a boat to snorkel the surrounding islands to see mantas. A new friend from Ubud urged us to do a discovery dive to swim beneath the mantas—saying she was jealous she didn’t have time to go herself. We did neither.

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Ubud Recommendations Inspired by Locals, Not Eat, Pray, Love

Ubud Recommendations Inspired by Locals, Not Eat, Pray, Love

I am little embarrassed to admit it, but I have wanted to visit Bali ever since reading Eat, Pray, Love. Seriously, how cliché is that? But, I am being honest here. I added Bali to my travel list almost solely because of this well-known best-selling book about a woman’s experience of falling in love with a (very attractive) Brazilian divorcé while biking through rice paddies in the lush exotic countryside.

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The Ngaben: A Royal Balinese Cremation Ceremony

The Ngaben: A Royal Balinese Cremation Ceremony

One beautiful morning during the breakfast/social hour at our comfy Airbnb in Ubud, our hosts eagerly asked if we had any plans the following Friday. Fortunately, we had zero (re: travel burnout realized with a closet) and agreed to accompany them to a Royal Ngaben Ceremony.

Confused by my fancy local words yet? I will explain. 

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