Monday, October 9, 2017

B A L I

I have been gone awhile. My sister + Alex got married! And then Bob and I went to I N D O N E S I A!! So here's what's new: one continent. two countries. islands. culture. cuisine. people. religion. beaches. waterfalls. rice paddies! It was an incredible journey.



I had never flown this far, had never been to Asia! I was anticipating the long flights with a nervous meets excited energy - really ready to embrace every step of the 24+ hour journey to Indonesia. We flew out on United/EVA Air - leaving Boston on a Friday after work, a layover in LAX, another layover in Taipei, Taiwan, and arrived to D E N P A S A R, Bali late afternoon on a Sunday, where the local time was 12 hours ahead. It was thankfully a fun and easy flight experience that lead to rewarding adventure beyond my wildest dreams. 

Our first destination in Bali was Ubud. Our second destination was the island to the east, Lombok. We traveled there by boat via Padangbai across the Lombok Strait. We also visited the island Gili Meno. Then we flew back to Bali on Garuda Air. Our third destination was the most remote yet on the Bukit Peninsula in a village called Kutuh on a cliff set high above Pandawa Beach. Our fourth and final destination was Seminyak the most hip, popular beach location in Bali.

I have never met a kinder nation of people. The Balinese and Sasak are the happiest, friendliest, most peaceful, respectful, welcoming, warmhearted people on this planet. They genuinely want to take care of you, to make sure you are at ease and having a good time. No one is rude. No one frowns. I feel as though anger or frustration are emotions not even possible. Their awareness, peace and kindness extends beyond what I expected - not only to us as travelers, but to everyone around them. It is an awakening and fulfilling and meaningful thing to be a part of.
We flew home on Cathay Pacific through H O N G  K O N G with a 21 hour layover. We booked a hotel, kept what we needed in our carry on, sent our bags straight through to Boston and had an awesome layover adventure. It is strange being home. Settling back in has felt weird (jet lag included.) Home is still the same, but, something in my mind feels different.....

All the travel details to come.

5 comments:

  1. So happy you're back! I have missed this beautiful, inspiring, wanderlust corner of the internet. Cannot wait for more posts about the trip. Amazing to hear the people of Bali were so warm, welcoming and kind. We could all use a little more of that right now.

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  2. What an epic trip! We have friends who were just traveling through Indonesia and all of their photos, videos, etc. have been incredible. Can't wait to hear more about your experience!

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  3. I am in awe of these beautiful photographs and you too! Hand stands, jumping in the air, & running to the water on the beaches of Bali certainly says it all! I can't wait for another Post!

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  4. Wow what a trip! I don’t think I could do the flight but those pics seem totally worth it!! Look forward to seeing more

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  5. I have no words! Reading this gave me chills - so much emotion!

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