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Seven Star Bali Trip

Seven Star women on flight from Seattle to Taiwan
On a redeye flight from Seattle to Taiwan. Photo: Marti McCaleb
Seven Star women at Taiwan airport
We made it to Taiwan. Photo: Martha Arellano

Ellen Eades

A group of eight women from Seven Star Women's Kung Fu in Seattle recently had an epic vacation in Bali. Thanks to Marti McCaleb, who organized a group buy-in on a vacation at Villa Pantai in Amed, Bali, at an auction benefitting the Seattle Men's and Women's Choruses, we spent an amazing week eating delicious food, diving and snorkeling, hiking to mountain temples, exploring and enjoying one another's excellent company. 

Esther Howard and Sunniva Zaratkiewicz (black belts), Martha Arellano (brown belt), Visola Wurzer (blue belt), Narisa Spaulding, Rose McFadden, Ellen Eades, and Marti McCaleb (purple belts) were the lucky travelers.

We took a redeye flight from Seattle and woke up in Taiwan, then transferred to a flight to Denpasar, Bali, and from there a two-hour van ride brought us to Amed, a small fishing village on the east coast.

Seven Star women enjoying breakfast in Amed, Bali
Breakfast. Yum! Photo: Ellen Eades

Our hosts treated us to delicious breakfasts every morning and then gave us a number of options for the day.

Hindu temples, Pura Lempuyang Luhur
Pura Lempuyang Luhur. Photo: Ellen Eades

Seven Star women at Hindu temples, Pura Lempuyang Luhur
Pura Lempuyang Luhur. Photo by our Lempuyang guide

Several of us went snorkeling and diving, including at the famous USS Liberty wreck site. We climbed the over 2,500 steps at Pura Lempuyang Luhur, one of Bali's oldest and most famous Hindu temples.

Lempuyang is actually seven temples which are reached, one after another, by climbing a steep road up a mountain, accompanied by grey long-tailed macaques and other forest animals.

Tirta Gangga water palace
Practicing our stances at the Tirta Gangga water palace. Photo: Martha Arellano

We also visited the Tirta Gangga water palace, originally built for royalty in the 1940s but now open to the public.

Seven Star women tasting coffee and tea at a Bali coffee plantation
We tasted a lot of coffee and tea. Photo: Ellen Eades

We visited a coffee plantation where we were able to taste both the famous Asian palm civet ("luwak" in Indonesian) coffee and herbal teas made from lemongrass, mangosteen, ginger, ginseng and other plants.

Esther Howard and Sunniva Zaratkiewicz practicing attack and block
Esther Howard (left) and Sunniva Zaratkiewicz (right) practicing poolside. Photo: Ellen Eades

And we practiced punch attacks and takedowns - into the pool!

Bali sunset
Swimming into the beautiful Bali sunset. Photo: Ellen Eades

We returned with sarongs, locally made silver and gold jewelry, a serious yen for Balinese garlic chips, and many happy memories.

Ellen Eades trains in Seattle, Washington, with Seven Star Women's Kung Fu with Sigung Michelle McVadon and Sifu Allyson Riley.

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