going places: bali

It wasn't easy to get there. 34 hours and three flights later, I fell in love with Bali. So much so that i am now living my life in the timeframe of "life before bali" (LBB) and "life after bali (LAB)". 

While I can't pinpoint a specific moment or occurrence during the trip where I changed... I did. As I do with each new place I travel to, and with each new culture I encounter, and with each new landscape I become one with. But, in comparison to all of my other trips, this change feels different. 

Revelations from Bali: 

1.     each moment is sacred.

2.     fear is false. 

3.     what you have is always more than someone else – give it.

I am learning how to adjust to life after Bali – because to be honest, a lot of stuff seems and feels "basic" in comparison. Here's a glimpse. The rainforest. Oh god, being in the rainforest. You know the background music that plays when you get a massage? That was REAL LIFE background sound – while we got massages outside our villa. We watched monkeys swinging from the trees while we dipped sans suits in our personal pool. No alarms needed – we woke up each morning to the call of roosters. We enjoyed the calm rain on our faces every afternoon – same time each day.  We trekked through rice paddies and adventured along the ayung river. We watched the sun set over the trees with a glass of wine in the evening. Only one world to describe the rainforest – magic. And that was only the first stop on our trip. It was only the beginning….

We visited waterfalls and rice paddies, seaweed farms and temples. We hiked an active volcano by flashlight at 2:30 in the morning to watch the sunrise. We took surf lessons and snorkeled. We received a biga hinda blessing, fed monkeys bananas and rode elephants. We enjoyed spa sessions and days at the swim up pool bar and yoga poses galore. We drank kopi luwak (google it) and arak. We thought we were going to die (twice - and yes, i'm that dramatic) and then reveled in the fact that we were ALIVE.

Our villa at Puri Wulundari in Ubud.

Our villa at Puri Wulundari in Ubud.

Our villa's front door at Puri Wulundari in Ubud.

Our villa's front door at Puri Wulundari in Ubud.

Our villa at Puri Wulundari in Ubud.

Our villa at Puri Wulundari in Ubud.

Our villa at Puri Wulundari during the afternoon rain.

Our villa at Puri Wulundari during the afternoon rain.

Puri Wulundari in Ubud.

Puri Wulundari in Ubud.

Puri Wulundari in Ubud.

Puri Wulundari in Ubud.

Puri Wulundari in Ubud.

Puri Wulundari in Ubud.

Puri Wulundari in Ubud.

Puri Wulundari in Ubud.

VIP breakfast treatment each morning.

VIP breakfast treatment each morning.

The lobby at Puri Wulundari - ready for a day of flight.

Our personal pool in our villa at Puri Wulundari in Ubud.

Our personal pool in our villa at Puri Wulundari in Ubud.

The steps behind our villa that led down to the ayung river.

The steps behind our villa that led down to the ayung river.

Posing at the ayung river.

Posing at the ayung river.

We are tree pose in the massive green rainforest.

We are tree pose in the massive green rainforest.

Monkey Forest in Ubud.

Monkey Forest in Ubud.

Monkey Forest in Ubud.

Monkey Forest in Ubud.

Monkey Forest in Ubud.

Monkey Forest in Ubud.

Monkey Forest in Ubud.

Monkey Forest in Ubud.

Monkey Forest in Ubud.

Monkey Forest in Ubud.

Monkey Forest in Ubud - he stole my chapstick!

Monkey Forest in Ubud - he stole my chapstick!

…and didn't want to give it back.

…and didn't want to give it back.

Busted: shameless stop for selfies.

Busted: shameless stop for selfies.

Monkey Forest in Ubud.

Monkey Forest in Ubud.

Temple is ubud.

Temple is ubud.

Offerings.

Offerings.

Boys in skirts at the temple.

Boys in skirts at the temple.

More offerings.

More offerings.

Up close offering - look at the candy!

Up close offering - look at the candy!

Biga Hindu Blessing.

Biga Hindu Blessing.

Biga Hindu Blessing.

Biga Hindu Blessing.

Biga Hindu Blessing.

Biga Hindu Blessing.

Side-of-the-road fruit stand!

Side-of-the-road fruit stand!

Sampling the fruits.

Sampling the fruits.

Side-of-the-road fruit stand!

Side-of-the-road fruit stand!

Too sweet for me!

Too sweet for me!

Herbs and spices.

Herbs and spices.

Coffee and tea sampling.

Coffee and tea sampling.

Better than a starbucks?

Better than a starbucks?

Coffe and tea sampling.

Coffe and tea sampling.

Rice paddies in Ubud.

Rice paddies in Ubud.

Rice paddies in Ubud.

Rice paddies in Ubud.

Rice paddies in Ubud.

Rice paddies in Ubud.

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Typical storefront.

Typical storefront.

Typical storefront.

Typical storefront.

Sunrise - the view from the top of Mt. Batur.

Sunrise - the view from the top of Mt. Batur.

Sunrise - the view from the top of Mt. Batur.

Sunrise - the view from the top of Mt. Batur.

Sunrise - the view from the top of Mt. Batur.

Sunrise - the view from the top of Mt. Batur.

Sunrise - the view from the top of Mt. Batur.

Sunrise - the view from the top of Mt. Batur.

Sunrise - the view from the top of Mt. Batur.

Sunrise - the view from the top of Mt. Batur.

The walk back down Mt. Batur!

The walk back down Mt. Batur!

Mt. Batur - on top of the world.

Mt. Batur - on top of the world.

Mt. Batur - walking into the clouds.

Mt. Batur - walking into the clouds.

Ryan and our guide.

Ryan and our guide.

Nusa Dua - Surfs up!

Nusa Dua - Surfs up!

Hanging out on Nusa Dua Beach.

Hanging out on Nusa Dua Beach.

Hanging out in Nusa Dua.

Hanging out in Nusa Dua.

Seaweed farming Lembongan Island.

Seaweed farming Lembongan Island.

In the back of a truck riding around Lembongan Island.

In the back of a truck riding around Lembongan Island.

Our second hotel - The Mulia.

Our second hotel - The Mulia.