Written by Katelin Kobuke, Foster undergraduate
Watching the Sun Rise
Despite being super busy here in studying in Singapore I managed to find time to take a 10 day trip to Indonesia. A few of the other exchange students and I flew down to after finishing our midterm exams to reward ourselves and explore Bali. On this trip we ended up traveling all over Bali and the Gili Islands, staying in 7 different hostels. Our first stop was Uluwatu, which is famous for its cliffs and huge waves, which draw in the pro surfers. There is a big backpacker vibe here and lots of travelers so it was fun to meet people from all over the world. Next we visited Ubud, and the volcano in the north of the island. There we biked through the beautiful rice fields and villages, and got to see many of the Hindu temples in this area. We also had a tour of the spice plantations and drank Kopi Luwak coffee, the most expensive coffee in the world (made from the poop of a special cat that eats the coffee cherries).
After Ubud we went to Canggu where we tried out surfing ourselves with the assistance of some local guys. Although not anywhere close to what the pro surfers we saw in Uluwatu we managed to ride the waves on our first tries! From there we took a fast boat ferry to Gili Trawangan, which is an Island east of Bali. Gili has no cars or motorbikes, so everyone rides horses or bicycles around. The water was so clear and beautiful! Now that I have my scuba certification I was excited to put it to use! We did two dives one at Gili T and one at Gili Meno the island next-door. We saw turtles, sharks, eels, Nemo, and a whole bunch of sea life, although the current was pretty strong the visibility of the water was unbeatable.
Our last stop was Seminyak, where we were able to relax on the beach, shop at the little boutiques local markets, and eat wonderful food! This trip was so amazing, full of yoga in the mornings, exploring during the days and improving our surfing and diving skills while we were at it. Too bad the vacation couldn’t last forever, now back to my studies in Singapore.
Scuba Diving in Gili
Learning to surf in Bali
The Beach at Gili Island
Dinner parties on the beach in Seminyak