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The first few days in BalinI have been staying in an area called Seminyak. Although very close to the ever forbidden Kuta that everyone tells me to stay away from, Seminyak has been just touristy enough that it's good for me to get acclimated to Indonesia . Plus the waves aren't quite like the infamous breaks of Padang Padang and Uluwatu so I am able to get some surfing in before
Moving on to the powerful areas that may be too big for me and the northern inland areas like Ubud.

A typical day for me in Seminyak goes like this:
Wake up at sunrise, morning cleansing, chanting and meditation .
Walk about 2 miles to Olaps house for his early morning advanced yoga practice. After walking down various alley ways and through the giant gates with the number 7 on them. I am greeted by geese, chickens, dogs and a green jungle wonderland where in the back you can find a large clearing and platform for yoga to be practiced. The platform has a rooftop so yoga can still be practiced in the rain and we can always stay for post practice chai tea :).

Olap has been teaching yoga for 30? Years I believe I have heard and was referred to me by a friend Jon via Adam green. He looks like he is 24. He is extremely knowledgable about the body and in his classes he asks you to dive deep within. Within his Iyengar style (whom he studied under for 20 years) he strongly emphasizes presence of the mind as well as awareness of every single tiny muscle in your body. He even has a skeleton in class so he can really break down what he's talking about. While originally Balinese and extremely traditional he kinda scares the shit out of me, but is very kind and keeps it light with humbling jokes throughout practice which costs about 7$ . He had me hanging off of every English, Sanskrit and Balinese word.

Next I goto the local organic vegetarian restaurant for a light post yoga breakfast if it is too late to get the free breakfast at my hostel.
Then to the beach to check the surf and either run or walk for a bit. Perhaps rent a board 3$ catch about three waves and get beat up paddling through the rest but walk away feeling tired and accomplished.

And when I decide I am beat up I head back to the hostel, on the way home stopping at my favorite spot Wayans authentic Indonesian
Side note: In eat pray love Liz explains that most of the population gives 1 of four names to their children, wayan, made, Nyoman, and ketut, meaning first second third and fourth. What happens If you have a fifth child you ask ? You start the cycle over again at wayan to the second power. I thought there was no way this could be true. But behold I have met several ketuts, mades, wayans and one Nyoman In my few days of being here. There's a Wayans Spa , Wayans Restaurant, Wayans surf shop, Wayans money exchange, and all on the same street. Liz wasn't fuckin around. Many of the Balinese have nick names to help avoid confusion because it wouldn't be uncommon for one Wayan to marry another Wayan and then have a child named; Wayan. And so you see how this gets confusing.

Anyway I stop at Wayans Indonesian. Here I can enjoy some authentic Indonesian Nasi Campur for 4$ and use the beautiful natural pool. Rather than the fake pool and hot dogs at the hostel, although the hostel is quite nice and has a great sense of community.
When all this is done I shower and change and do the walk once again down to the beach to enjoy a beautiful sunset on the beach, priceless. Unless a few bintangs are involved of course ;) and perhaps a light dinner to follow if I'm still hungry.
Life in seminyak is simple and good, and this is the area everyone says to run from. Can't wait to see the rest of it! Next stop ; Sanur , but first the Tanahlot Temple on the way :)

Today's Balinese word ; Terima Kasih - Thank you ? feeling grateful

Nasi campur (Indonesian/Malay: "mixed rice", also called nasi rames in Indonesia) is an Indonesian Classic. It is adish of a scoop of nasi putih (white rice) accompanied by small portions of a number of other dishes, which includes meats, vegetables, peanuts, eggs and sometimes fried-shrimp krupuk all for about 3$ .Depending where it originates, a nasi campur vendor might served several side dishes, including vegetables, fish and meats. It is a staple meal of the Southeast Asian countries, and popular especially in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, and southern Thailand,

And here I thought I was going to be able to escape Valentine's Day...

Posted by rachaelob 23:58 Archived in Indonesia Tagged bali indonesia travel yoga chai seminyak wanderlust nasi_campur olap gyspy

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