By: Savannah Palmer
Today we were allowed to sleep in until 6:20. We started the day with morning runs and walks. At an altitude of 1,986 feet, it is much easier to breathe. Once we finished our outdoor explorations, we united in the common room of the hotel. We had our banana pancakes, eggs, and fresh juices while we talked about the plans of the day.
Once we were finished with our meals, some of us played badminton while others relaxed. The group had reservations at Nur Salon and Spa, so we walked over to the beautiful area. For this massage, we had to get completely naked.
During this relaxing and luxurious time at Nur Salon and Spa, we were massaged, exfoliated, and we got into a bath with flower petals and warm water. The massagers were very attentive to our soreness. They got every nook and cranny they could find.
Once we were finished with our massages, we ate at Warung Biah Biah. We had eaten here before, and the food was just as delicious as the first time. Our relaxation made our eyelids very heavy during our meal. We headed back to the hotel to relax for awhile. Our gracious hotel manager, Wayan, and his wife helped us put on our sarongs. Sarongs are worn during ceremonies and celebrations. We wore ours to a 6 month olds birthday.
While we were at the ceremony, there was blessing given, food to eat, and people to talk to. While eating the food, many of us burned our mouths with spicy food. A couple students engaged in conversation with Balinese people. While talking to teenagers, we discovered that they like many of the same things we do. They watch many of the same films and listen to the same music. Their English was very impressive.
When the time to leave came, we gathered in a van for a short ride back to the hotel. The group split up either relaxing, talking, or swimming. As I’m writing this, we are talking to Iputu jero. He works at our hotel. Tomorrow will be his last day with us before he goes off to college. We are sad to see him go, but, we wish him the best.