If you’d like to see the real Bali when you visit, then a Hash House Harrier run or walk is something you should do. While most people think HHH only run, they actually have a big walking group as my mum and dad were really happy to discover.
They always go to parts of Bali that very few Westerners go to so you will definitely get to see parts of Bali not seen by many people. The group I go with have a bus that you can go on as it can be hard to find the places they pick and they change every week. They always seem to be about 1 1/2 hours drive away.
For last Saturday’s run we started off running down a nice country road but then things got exciting. We ran through rice paddies, deep into the jungle, past waterfalls and temples, through villages, past pens with huge pigs and cute calves, crossed over flowing streams and there was also a bit of climbing/hiking involved. Even people who aren’t really fit can do the walk, for example my mum, who’s a five star person… Dad and I made a bet that she wouldn’t last long and would start to think she made a terrible mistake but she finished it and ended up loving it. A few young kids are regulars with the walking group, I think they were around 8 years old and they loved the chance to get muddy and wet. While mum tip toed through the rice paddies so her shoes didn’t get too muddy they threw themselves into the mud.
We finished by going through a village and the village men were all getting together in the centre of their village. They each had a beautiful roster so were obviously getting ready for the evenings entertainment, cock fights.
If you come to visit Bali I would absolutely recommend doing a HHH run or walk because it’s a great way to see a side of Bali that you would never have seen, especially if you are staying somewhere like Kuta.