If Gods did reside on Earth, Bali would definitely be the place. More than 90 percent of the population in Bali is of Hindu Religion. For those of who don’t know- Indonesia, the worlds third largest democracy is also the home to world’s largest Muslim population. Every year millions of tourists visit Bali, some even make it their home. Balinese Hospitality is one of the world’s best. After hearing so much about this place, I decided to visit this beautiful place to find out about more about its natural beauty, beaches and the culture. I Traveled to Bali via Kuala Lampur. I had a disastrous start to the trip at Bangalore Airport. In the excitement of travelling to Bali, I forgot my debit card- my onlysource of cash given that Indonesian currency is not available freely. I had not booked any hotels or resort in Bali given the adventurous nature in me. So here was an adventurous start to my trip- travelling without money (yes no money even to pay for visa on arrival !!!) to the great Bali. Somehow I was quite chilled knowing the fact that one of my other friend was going to be arriving in bali from Bangkok from whom I could borrow some money.
As it turns out I had a bigger surprise waiting for me in Denpasar airport. My Flight landed 1.5 hours later than the scheduled arrival time, thereby missing any chance of meeting my friend from whom i could borrow some money. I was already starting to think whether to raise money by selling my Longines watch. I was surprised to find another Indian from Mumbai stuck along with me. His ATM card was not being accepted in the Airport ATM machine (so he was also in the same situation as me in spite of having money ) . Here I was thinking having no money could be the worst situation to be in.!!!! In the final leg of my trip, after hiring a surfing instructor for as less 100,000 IDR per hr decided to give surfing a shot. After falling numerous times, finally managed to balance myself and surf successfully. My Instructor was even more happier given that I learnt it pretty fast. I was Tired and had burnt lot of calories (Serious- surfing consumes lot of energy) . I was happy at the same time knowing that I had done pretty much everything I wanted to do in this trip. After some shopping and more massage, it was time to say goodbye to the land of gods and its wonderful people . Indeed I felt blessed having been able to enjoy so much after having forgotten my debit card. I shall return back sooner rather than later, Bali.
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