In this post, CAPA Alumna Alexandra Crowe recounts an unforgettable 10 day adventure from Sydney to Bali during her Spring 2018 Semester Abroad.
There are so many different things that I could talk about for days in relation to my time abroad in Sydney, but one of the biggest highlights of my time on the other side of the world was the spring break trip that we took to Bali, Indonesia. A group of about 15 of us headed to Bali for a full 10 days of adventures and we all had the best time!
We explored a large part of the island and got to experience a lot of the culture there. We visited a Hindu water temple where the main character in the movie/book “Eat Pray Love” visits. After visiting, we went to lunch at a restaurant right on some rice terraces and it was one of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen!
Next, we went to visit an amazing family-owned coffee plantation called “Santi Coffee” where we tasted some of the best coffee and tea I’ve ever had. We got to taste test some Luwak coffee which is actually the world’s most expensive coffee at $50 a cup in the United States. Since we were right where the coffee comes from, it was only $3 a cup. It was a good cup of coffee but I don’t think I would pay $50 for it! Our next adventure for the day was to visit a huge 30-foot waterfall that you had to hike down to. Boy, that was a lot of stairs!
Another highlight of the trip was our visit to Nusa Penida. This beautiful island has so many amazing natural wonders to see and I highly recommend it. We only had time to see one of these amazing places on the island which was called Kelingking Beach. The view from the top of the cliff was absolutely breathtaking! We hiked down to the beach at the bottom of the t-rex shaped cliff (on the right side of the photo below) and I think it was genuinely the hardest hike of my life! While we were in Bali the humidity was at around 90-99%, meaning it was as humid as it could get without raining, and that made the hike even harder but of course it was well worth it.
This trip was a huge highlight of my time abroad because I got to experience a country and culture that was so vastly different from my own and also from the country I was studying in. From seeing new foliage and wildlife, sipping coffee and exploring beaches, it was a week we will never forget. I highly recommend traveling around the area of the country that you study abroad in because it is such an amazing opportunity to explore places you might not have seen otherwise.
Meet Alexandra Crowe, an Arizona State University student studying Biomedical Sciences. She studied abroad in Sydney during Spring 2018 and is a CAPA Ambassador for the 2018-2019 school year.