I made it safely to Blue Moon Villas, which is ironic because while here I completely missed the entire Solar Eclipse, but from the thousands of Instagram posts it looked out of this world. (See what I did there?)
The Blue Moon Villas are located in Amed. The town of Amed is 10X more of a tourist town than the other villages I have stayed at. I haven’t seen this many tourists since leaving customs at the airport. I know it has only been about two weeks, but I feel like I have forgotten how to behave “normally”.
I noticed last night that I was the only one who took my shoes off at the front door of the restaurant because I have been so used to taking my shoes off before entering a building at the other villages.
I can see me getting back to the United States like:
“Umm mam’ this is Olive Garden, please put your shoes back on.”
My stay at Blue Moon Villas was accompanied by some bomb ass pasta, some of the best views yet, and some snorkeling.
The man staying next door to my villa happens to be from Malibu, California. Talk about a small world. Super nice dude that told me all about a coral garden about a seven-minute scooter ride down the main road. I couldn’t say no to that since I will only be staying in this area for one full day.
I rented a scooter for approximately 50.000 IDR (about 3 dollars US) and headed towards the beach. The beaches are way more accommodating in Amed than Tejakula. They still have black sand, but the water is super clear and warm. (Perfect for snorkeling.)
Disclaimer: I can not exactly swim. I am pretty good at doggy paddling but that’s about as good as it gets. I am slowly working on it…okay…stop judging me.
I wasn’t sure what to expect but it ended up being a million times easier than I thought it would be.
Another side note is that the natives in more touristy areas are quick to charge you for things. I have learned this the hard way (like paying for a free parking spot). Hey everyone has to make money, and that’s okay, but I am saying to just make sure you are paying reasonable prices wherever you are. A man on the beach tried charging me 50.000 IDR for a life jacket when I picked up one for 20.000 IDR from a different local about five steps away.
Anyways, the water and the weather were absolutely beautiful. There were people getting massages on the beach and it ended up not being super crowded. We swam (Stephen swam, I doggy paddled) out, life vest and all. There were so many colorful fish and I had this moment of floating in the middle of the warm ocean looking at the endless blue of water and thinking, “Holy shit, I am in the middle of the Ocean in Bali”. It still feels like some sort of weird dream that I will eventually wake up from and I still feel like I will be returning “home” back to LA but then I have to remind myself
“No Julia, you are actually homeless.”
I calculated that back home (including rent, bills, food, gas, and the occasional nail salon visit) I was spending around 150 US a day (rent was about 80 US). Here I can easily live off of about 10 US a day, 15 US if I feel like getting frisky.
It is crazy to me.
I mean the only real problem I have had is that the mosquitos here love me! I counted about five bites on one arm in one night. I quickly learned that that canopy beds weren’t for looks, but that they are actually pretty useful.
I will be investing in some bug spray asap, unless someone has any other useful tips (feel free to send them my way).
I head out of Amed tomorrow morning (I told you it was a quick stay) and will be traveling about 3 hours southwest towards Canggu.
I have heard tons of great things about Canggu, so I am pretty excited to explore there for a couple of days.
If you have any recommendations for that area (or a miracle bug repellant) be sure to drop me a comment. Thank you to everyone who has subscribed to this blog below and shown it love, you are appreciated.
See ya soon Canggu!