I think the first memory I have of Bali is Samba De Bencao playing in the background. If you don't know what I'm talking about, maybe you weren't moved by Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love. Her writing and her existential angst were etched on my impressionable mind as I imagined her cycling through paddy fields. Yoga, beaches, Ketut, and a fresh start-were all the beacons of Bali. Find out what happens when Be For Beauty travels to Bali for the very first time!
Years went by and Bali never came to my agenda.
Cut to reality.
After not having traveled with my sister, Pragati for 15 months (she ditched me for Switzerland and Spain), we were traveling to a Bali with our...wait-for-it...extended family. I was going to Bali with my mom (yes!), Pragati, Anurag and Niyati-and 11 members of our big, fat Sindhi family.
Getting To Bali In A No-Frills Airline
After a fabulous week with Pragati was spent working and shopping, it was time to head to the airport and let the vacation begin.
However, our holiday to Bali started with cab delays and multiple callbacks from the family. With Delhi traffic sending us into panic mode, we made it to Indira Gandhi International Airport, Terminal 3. Check-in followed by a mini-drama over one of my aunt's baggage allowance, immigration took about 45 minutes.
My poor brother in law, Anurag, a frequent flier was told not to go in the lounge for the beer, and stick to the food court.
10.05 boarding means 10.05. We were left behind, branded as latecomers. I laughed it off while my mom was visibly embarrassed.
Long Haul Flights: My First Time In Air Asia
I was really antsy about going to Bali in Air Asia. But we'd gotten a good deal. Besides, how different could it be right?
There is no concept of leg room. I have better legroom in my Uber. Be positive, Manavi, I told myself. You have to spend 5 hours on the plane. Without an entertainment system. Or a book. A book that you managed to leave on your bed 'coz you ran out of space.
I gave up on sleep as soon as the pilot announced descent.
As we touched down on a sunny morning at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, my body was stuck to 05:00 am IST.
A couple of long walks (I don't take the travelator) later, I brushed my teeth and made my hair.