What can I say, I’m living the dream!
I have a great place to stay, I’ve met some cool new people, I’ve seen some beautiful Balinese countryside, and I’ve been eating tasty, healthy food all week. I seriously didn’t think it would fall into place quite so easily. Just goes to show what can happen when you follow your bliss.
Life is simple here, and stress free. You never see the Balinese yelling at each other. And they are never in a hurry. Every morning offerings are placed out on the streets, in temples and in homes. This beautiful ritual of gratitude and respect really resonates with me and I’ve started laying out some frangipani flowers on my balcony, my own little expression of thanks.
The small road I live on is paved with hundreds of decorated concrete blocks. In a clever revenue raising exercise locals and tourists have been able to sponsor these blocks, personalising them with drawings and words etched into the wet cement. The result is a heart-warming walk of memories and happy holiday reflections. This is the one I love the most, it captures how I’m feeling right now.
The small irritations – having to buy drinking water, the mosquitos, and having ‘taxi?’ yelled at you every five paces – are really just beautiful reminders that I am here in Bali.
My foodie brag for today: a drink of lavender infused water at a great place called Clear Café, followed by a scrummy (nut)milkshake with freshly ground cinnamon, turmeric and homemade coconut ice cream. I also checked out a supermarket, small, but at least I know where to get all the basics I need. Impressed to see a lot of organic produce on display, someone told me that Bali is looking to turn all its farms organic by 2015, what a brilliant concept, and it really could work here.
Status week one: 4 coconuts, 3 massages, 1 earthquake
Mission for next week: four hand massage, fire dance, a visit to the seaside