Work Hard, Bali Harder

Trip Region: Southeast Asia
Country(ies): Indonesia
Partners Trek? No
Trip Cost: $1185
Airfare Estimate: $1200
Nightlife: 3   •   Activity: 3

Does spending 10 days rafting through class III rapids, climbing a mountain, befriending monkeys, and soaking up the sun before Ann Arbor winter hits sound super awesome to you? Yeah, us too obvi. Together, your fearless leaders will guide you through four cities in Bali and make sure you have the time of your lives while building incredible friendships along the way, and becoming as close with each other as these monkey are in the photo. Somehow, this group of BUS Managers and pitcher-crushing MBA students feel confident that they can take care of you halfway across the world, so join us for an unforgettable adventure to BALI!!!

Day 1 — Sunday, Aug 20

Welcome to Ubud! Our Trek will officially begin at 6pm with a welcome meeting at the hotel, followed by our first family dinner of the trip, where we’ll start to get to know each other over a few fancy umbrella cocktails. Who knows what secrets we’ll be able to get out of Kuntzy on night one! So far he has refused to tell us any, so we should ask him for secrets at every drunken chance we get. He’ll love that.. But don’t get too carried away with the liquid vibes tonight, for we have a long day ahead of us tomorrow!

Day 2 — Monday, Aug 21

We’re waking up early this morning so we can have a serious white water rafting adventure. We’re going to zoom down an 11km river (which is who knows what in miles… they don’t teach us that in b-school, but it sounds like a lot), working our way through class II and class III rapids! Maggie is going to take tons of pics with her GoPro so that we can remember how terrified Colleen was the whole time. But seriously, this is going to be one of the most beautiful journeys of the trip so get your cameras ready! After our two hour rafting extravaganza, we’ll shower it up and then head back to Ubud for some lounge time, which to Leo means crushing pitchers by the pool.

Day 3 — Tuesday, Aug 22

MONKEYS!!!!! This might be the highlight of the trip for a few of us, where we get to spend all day hanging out with tiny and super giant monkeys all at the same time. Okay maybe not all day, but how often do you get to hang out with monkeys in a monkey forest?! Maggie told us not to bring food, but Colleen probably still will so that the monkeys come hang out with her (even though she’s kind of scared that they’ll climb onto her hair and get stuck forever). After the Monkey Forest we’ll hang back, spend some time strengthening our new friendships, and make sure Nate gets beer’ed a few times.

Day 4 — Wednesday, Aug 23

Today we head out to Sidemen, hopefully without any monkey stowaways in tow. When we arrive, we’ll get a chance to experience some of the local culture, visiting the craftspeople of the local songket weaving industry and enjoying a traditional ‘bungkus’ lunch while taking in the beautiful sights. We’ll continue trekking higher into the mountains, driving along the caldera of Mt. Batur volcano, enjoying the view of Lake Batur below. We’ll be crashing at the base of Mt. Batur for the night, making it easy for us to grab some drinks while we take in the massive volcano, and mentally prepare for the adventure tomorrow.

Day 5 — Thursday, Aug 24

Today is probably our most insane day - good and bad. We’re waking up at 3AM, yes, like, in the morning, and then climbing a volcano (!!!) to see the sickest sunrise on the island. We’ll summit Mt. Batur in two hours, and take in the breathtaking views with plenty of photo op moments. Last time Colleen summited a mountain they all got naked at the top and froze their arses off, so who knows what will happen. Once we descend, we’ll go for a much needed soak in the hot springs and then head to our transportation device where we’ll likely take a nap on the way to our next town.

Day 6 — Friday, Aug 25

We have a free day in Lovina to get a massage, take a yoga class or a surfing lesson, or simply enjoy being the beach bums that we are. Make sure to get Cowboy an umbrella drink at the beach today. He loves those things.

Day 7 — Saturday, Aug 26

Today we’ll visit a hidden waterfall and a coffee plantation where we’ll get to try some of the world’s most famous coffee, kopi luwak. From here we’ll head down to our final destination and party spot, Seminyak. Take a nap on this two hour car ride out of the jungle, you’ll need it for the following 3 days of non-stop dancing and cocktails at the local day clubs.

Day 8 — Sunday, Aug 27

Now that we have covered all of the fun stuff to do around Bali it's time to #treatyoself to a beach bum kind of day. How does sun, sand, and most importantly fruity drinks sound? Yea it will be a great way to relax and get the feel of the beach town vibes of Seminyak. After an afternoon in the sun, we will experience local Balinese cuisine for a delicious dinner!

Day 9 — Monday, Aug 28

Enjoy another free day to sleep in, drink, surf or explore the town! We will have a final splash bash at Potato Head Beach Club (think Rehab in Vegas, but Bali style!!), and hopefully meet up with the other group of Bali trekkers to celebrate in style. Then, we’ll likely need a quick nap before we enjoy our final group dinner in beautiful Bali.

Day 10 — Tuesday, Aug 29

Today we, unfortunately, head back to Ann Arbor to return to the reality of Ross. Fortunately though, we’ll have made some awesome memories and created some dope stories for you to share with your classmates at Skeeps. Also, let’s be honest, Ross is awesome, and this will just be the first of many great experiences along the way!

David “Kuntzy” Kuntzman

David “Kuntzy” Kuntzman, a want-to-be New Yorker from Stamford, CT with terrible taste in sports teams, is a proud graduate of Colgate University, where he graduated with a degree in what one can only assume was Toothpaste Studies. Prior to Ross, David worked as an Operations AVP at Citigroup, graced the cover of the NY Times Sports section, AND ate a pigeon in Taiwan. When he’s not serving as a member of the BUS Management team, a VP of the Sports Business Association, or President of the Wine Club, you can most likely find David playing sports, pwning n00bs in Call of Duty, or exhibiting his vast repertoire of “amazing” dance moves at Necto. He’s looking forward to an awesome trip to Bali, with plenty of beers, beaches, and monkeys to go around!

Likes: Potatoes (especially in their fried and mashed forms), Model UN, binge watching TV shows
Dislikes: Winning sports franchises, being surprised, not dancing

Nate “Cowboy” Marrone

Nate hails from Worcester, MA, he loves macaroni & cheese, long walks on the beach, and in-depth discussions about blockchain/bitcoin/buzz words. Before coming to Ross, Nate was already Epic! Not that he was cool, just that he worked at Epic Systems. But, don’t worry folks, a steady diet of personal pitchers at Skeeps and beer bongs at the BUS have turned him into the champ that he is today. Speaking of being a champ, did we mention that Nate is a rodeo champion!!! Embodying the work hard-ish, play extremely hard attitude that we try to instill at Ross, Nate is also on the Executive Board of the Consulting Club but is most proud of his involvement in Maize & Brew and Ski Club. He is excited to meet the new crew and even more excited to get to beaching and boozing!

Likes: Dogs, skiing, guitars, running cross-country (very rarely).
Dislikes: Eating crickets, getting beer-ed (that is when someone throws a beer in your face which is apparently something his friends from Johns Hopkins do when they get together)

Maggie “My Real Name is Margarita” Vasquez

Maggie “My Real Name is Margarita” Vasquez is our resident Bali expert. She’s the only one who has actually been to Bali and she has made some sick recommendations for our group. She’s originally from the best place in the world, Los Angeles, CA, where she visits frequently solely for copious amounts of tacos and In n Out. Not to mention her need to keep that base tan. Prior to Ross she went to UC Berkeley where she lived a traditional sorority life and became supes fashionable. The weirdest thing she’s ever eaten is a Rocky Mountain oyster, if you’ve never heard of them I challenge you to find out! We’re going to change her aversion for local delicacies by tricking her into eating weird food in Bali (Shhh!). On her last visit to Bali she struck a friendship with Bali’s local celebrities at the Ubud Monkey forest, she looks forward to hanging with them but make sure she doesn’t get too friendly with these furry thieves. Maggie is also excited for some beach time as she is convinced she knows how to surf.. Did we mention she can’t swim? After surfing she is most looking forward to Potato Head Beach Club where she plans to splish splash around with her favorites.. Australians.

Likes: Canada onesies, TEQUILA, HATS!, hosting dinner parties
Dislikes: When people call her Margarita without a Spanish accent, airplanes, airports, sharing beach towels, the most recent Bachelor

Colleen “Mama Coco” Hill

Colleen was born and bred in Los Angeles and attended UCLA, the finest educational institution in LA, for undergrad, where she, surprisingly, joined a sorority. Before Ross, she worked as Director of Operations at Veritas Prep, where she created a program that hooked Leo up with a free prep course and got him into Ross (he thanks her for this at least once a month). She loves yoga and hanging out with her dog when she’s not doing boss things at Ross on MBA Council, putting on dope tailgates as part of BUS Management, and changing the world for the better in Net Impact. She’s eager to make some monkey friends in Ubud, enjoy some cheap massages after a surf sesh, and hang out with everyone at Potato Head Beach Club!

Likes: Burritos, elephants, peeking at Christmas packages
Dislikes: Heights, crickets, USC (naturally)

Leo "🔥🔥🔥" Cortez

Going, going, back to back, to Cali! Not to fall short on Cali natives, Leo is also a So-Cal homie with a penchant for Mexican food and In n Out. Although he does hail from Stanford, his cooking abilities have secured him a homie status, that becomes compromised during Stanford v Cal discussion. He is also, possibly one of the most interesting dudes at Ross. Prior to B school, Leo was a bad** on the oil rig turned I-banker. At Ross Leo is involved just about everything, skeeps, Scotch society, did I mention SKeeps? Jk kinda… Never sorry partying , catch this guy on Thursday night for a guaranteed epic night out! In Bali, Leo and Maggie will be among the few non-swimmers hanging ten.

Likes: Mexico Soccer, eating strange things all over the world, cooking
Dislikes: US National soccer team, country music, San Francisco traffic