boarded our plane in Doha at 3am and our plan to sleep for most of our 9
hour flight to Bali worked for everyone but Brad. The boys and I
shared a row and Brad and Addyson were across the aisle from us. Since
the boys and I had no stranger sitting next to us we could lay out
across each other and get as comfortable as you can on an airplane to
try to catch some zzzz. After our many flights we are getting better at
figuring out who sits best next to whom and how the kids sit best to
sleep. Another little trick- ordering a special meal (like a kid's
meal) gets your meal brought to you before the dinner service starts so
you get your food 15-20mins earlier and this works great for the
kids/adults who want to eat and then quickly go to sleep! Thanks to my
cousin that lives in Bali, we had a driver waiting for us as we got off
of the plane and we were ready for our 1.5 hour drive to our villa! we
were quickly in awe of all of the green around us and the beauty of the
country. I'd like to say the drive was uneventful but the stop and go
traffic and bumpy roads was a bit too much for poor Ethan! Ugh! But,
we were prepared! Another thing we are getting better at as we travel!
And airplane bags make for PERFECT travel barf bags!
were SO happy to FINALLY make it to Ubud and find our villa! We
thought we just had to walk through this gate and we'd be there so we
started walking with our luggage and we were soon met by the villa's
owner and the guys that would work for us during our stay. They had
come to pick us up on scooters because it was about a 10 minute walk on
narrow alley was through the rice fields! This was our first scooter
ride and we were so impressed how these guys could load up the scooters
with people and luggage and navigate the narrow way!
wish I had taken a picture of the beauty of our villa lite up and the
view I had of it peaking through our fence. I knew we had a private
villa with a pool but I didn't realize how beautiful it was. This is
the place that growing up I'd see in pictures and wonder if I'd ever be
able to stay at a place like this and I couldn't believe I finally was!
This would be our home for the next 5 days in Ubud!
villa had two separate buildings, one for each bedroom, and each room
has an outside bathroom. It was beautiful and amazing- until it was
pouring rain in the middle of the night and I got wet during my midnight
was a outside dining area that was used to attach the two bedrooms
together! It was fully stocked including help that came every morning
to cook breakfast for us!
then there was the beautiful pool that the kids could NOT wait to get
into especially, after a LONG day of travel! That's Addyson on the
right getting ready to jump in as Brad and I are still getting the tour
of the villa!
Nighttime swimming! It will become our thing!
finish up our welcome, the staff prepared yummy watermelon drinks for
the kids! Cheers! I know we will all sleep good tonight! We can't
wait to see what this place looks like in the day time!