Beautiful Bali

by - 9:16 AM

A little update :)

It's the evening of my third day here in Bali, and I feel like I could stay here forever. They call this "The Island of the Gods" and "The Island of Peace" - and I know why.





The people here are amazing. The pride they take in what they do, in serving food, preparing it, assisting people - it's so overwhelmingly lovely and peaceful. I haven't stopped smiling since I've arrived here.



I was able to spend a few days travelling around before beginning yoga teacher training, which was fantastic. Everything here is ridiculously cheap (by American/European standards) - most of my meals have been less than $5 - and it's easy to get around without a plan.

We found the most beautiful hotel near Ubud and booked it during our layover in Qatar (long layover = lots of wine) and got in late Monday night. They rang a gong when we arrived.




We were surprised to learn that it's off season here in Bali - most of their tourism comes from Australia and New Zealand - so we had this magical resort mostly to ourselves. Breakfast and a swim is a wonderful morning agenda.

I can't say enough about the beauty here. I honestly can't capture it with a camera. The sounds, the smells, the energy - and the COLORS - are like nothing I have ever experienced.




traditional offering - these were everywhere
I will admit - the 30+ hour travel to get here was...not for the faint hearted. My first segment was 13.5 hours, then a 6 hour layover in Qatar (with customs), followed by a 7.5 hour flight to Singapore (deplaned for 1 hour for customs) and then a quick 2.5 hour flight to Denpasar in Bali. Oh and the +14 hour time difference.

I was actually able to acclimate to the time difference quickly, thanks to sleeping on the plane (somewhat upright). After that, a horizontal bed lay down situation plus a hot shower was the most glorious thing I could ever imagine.





But it was so worth it. Ubud was the perfect place to kick off this trip - just the right mix of culture and action. The biggest problem I had yesterday was lack of appetite (it's hot and humid here). And I love to eat.


Our stop for lunch
That shouldn't be a problem now that I've arrived at Kura Kura to begin yoga teacher training. Our schedule will reflect that.

I will have so many more things to say about our yoga resort later - it is honestly the most beautiful place I have ever seen. And it was raining when I got here.

A sneak peek at Kura Kura
Now that I've gotten that out of my system - we begin with a day of silence tomorrow. Which for those of you who know me...will be an arduous challenge.

Chatty Kathy signing off - Selamat malam.

(SPOILER ALERT: I wrote this post two days ago so I have finished my day of silent meditation. And it was the most beautiful day of my life. Stay tuned for more...)
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