My 4 days in Ubud, solo – Day 4 (part 2) – Elephant caves & waterfalls

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I walk up to reception to see such a beautiful face! It’s Alex, my driver & my friend. We greet each other & I feel so happy to be in his company. We bid farewell to my hotel & head off on the short drive to Goa Gojah – the Elephant Caves.

I ask Alex to come with me & talk me through it. He explains the history & the reason behind it which is so very interesting, and yet I can’t remember it now! We wander into the cave & it’s so hot inside but very intriguing.

We take a walk around looking at this part & that, chatting the whole way. Alex has excellent English so I take full advantage & chat up a storm – jeeze, anyone would think I hadn’t had anyone to talk to for 4 days!

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The grounds are very pretty & I find the huge & ancient stone carvings that have fallen & broken to be absolutely amazing.

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Next up we take a quick trip to Yeh Pulu for a looksee. Alex hadn’t been here before & of course I hadn’t either. We pay my fee & am handed a sarong (Alex doesn’t need one).

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It was so pretty & we were the only ones there.

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We both enjoyed walking along & seeing what was there. I loved it as it was like I was there with a mate, just wandering around chatting. We jumped the back fence & looked at the river (creek) & a banana plantation.

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We talked about life in Bali & the differences & similarities between Bali & Australia. It was so good to have an authentic conversation about this topic with someone I know & like & will see again – as opposed to perhaps just a random driver.

Next up is Tegenungan Waterfall. We park & walk through the bustling market place toward the first viewing platform. WOW! It’s really impressive, and loud!

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We walk, talking the whole time, down to the foot of the waterfall. There are quite a few people in the water, walking around & even climbing up it. The force of the waterfall spreads spray everywhere & it’s so refreshing. The whole area looks clean to me, no obvious garbage, maybe a little bit of rubbish dropped here & there but nothing shocking.

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Next we walk over to the natural spring pool… I wasn’t expecting one there & didn’t think about going into it until Alex suggested to go in & wash my face. So I did. I carefully stepped down & into the knee high pool of super doper, amazingly cool & fresh water. I grabbed some water in my hands & splashed it over my face. It was BEAUTIFUL. I did this a few times, loving every splash as much as the last. I could have stayed there for ages, it was such a special & unexpected thing for me to be able to do. The water is pure & so refreshing. Possibly my favourite thing of the trip. (Please note: females should respect local rules & not go into this spring if menstruating).

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Next we walk back up the stairs. I nearly have a heart attack & have to stop a couple of times along with everyone else!

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Next up we take a drive through some beautiful villages. I love seeing the markets on the side of the road. Alex takes me to Pura Puseh Desa Adat Batuan.

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We park & go to where the sarongs are given out. Still chatting the whole time. It’s so crowded with a tour group we look at each other and say, let’s skip this. Alex said they sound like ducks. I said they sound like bebek J we laugh. (I think bebek must mean cooked duck – like beef versus cow – I think I accidentally said something funny!)

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