We arrived late in the evening, and it was dark when we were being led through the family compound. We were SO excited to be here and couldn't believe we'd be having this great experience. Family members were coming around each corner greeting us and helping us with our baggage. When we arrived at our villa in the back of the compound, it looked just like the pictures, only not quite as clean as I would have hoped (some dirt on the floor, a bit dusty, etc.). There were two bedrooms downstairs, and one bedroom up a spiral staircase with a king size bed. I opted to sleep in the king with my girls, and because the villa isn't air-conditioned (most homes, and even some hotels, in Bali are not), we ended up sleeping in only our underwear.
Dogs started barking and fighting right as we were drifting off to sleep, and Thing 1 kept complaining that she couldn't go to sleep because of the noise. Both of us finally passed out (Thing 2 had fallen asleep in the car), but it wasn't too long before I was woken by a strange noise coming from the floor right beside my bed. I started to sit up, and all of a sudden, something jumped up onto me! It was some random cat! Before I realized what it was, I had yelped and shoved it off of me. I watched it walk to the other side of the room, and then dash down the spiral staircase. My heart was racing, and it took me a while to fall asleep again. I kept hearing chickens land on the roof above me, there was some strange noise (not a bird... reptile, maybe?) coming from the wall above my bed, and I swear at one point, I heard what sounded like a giant gorilla in the tree outside. Needless to say, I did not sleep well.
About 3:00am, the first rooster started crowing. And then another. And then another. And they didn't stop ALL DAY LONG. The baby woke up right around 3:00am, and the rest of the kids woke up around 4:30am. When the girls woke up, we turned on the light to get some clothes on. I was laying there in bed, staring at the ceiling above me, when I noticed something strange tucked in-between the beams.... It was some sort of large lizard!! No wonder I had heard a strange noise on the wall at night! And, it pooped on the end of our bed! Not cool.
We weren't slated to have breakfast until 8:00 or 9:00, so we had a lot of time to kill that morning. The lizard crawled somewhere it couldn't be seen, and thankfully, the kids thought it was awesome instead of terrifying. We took showers in our outdoor bathroom, and walked over to one of the other compound homes for breakfast. We were served fruit juice, toast, eggs, and assorted fruit. It was pretty good considering we were all starving by 8:00am.
|Except for the wildlife INSIDE the house, the house was beautiful.|
|See the trash can and bag on the counter? Everything has to be bagged because of the ants swarming the counter.|
|My favorite part of the house. Take notice, however, that the walls and ceiling don't actually touch.|
|The random cat that came with the house....|
|Offerings are EVERYWHERE, including our porch, the shrine just off the porch, and the walkway in front of the house.|
The owner's nephew came by to see what we might want to do that day and we asked to go out for lunch, and then to head over to the monkey forest sanctuary in the middle of town. Another downside to staying at the house: we were at the mercy of our driver. He didn't tell us his rate until after he'd taken us somewhere. We we wanted to go to lunch, he took us to one place without giving us options. It became quite clear that he had a certain group of friends whom he always took people to. Not necessarily a bad thing, but we didn't like having so few options.
|Ganesha is guarding my room. :)|