2017 was a year of new experiences and surprises. I visited 10 countries (seven of which were in Asia and almost all new to me). I started off in Ecuador “doing shaman things”, and ended up house-sitting in Japan, chilling in Bali, going crazy in India, and 10 countries later, finishing up in Thailand.
After wanting to visit Indonesia (specifically Bali) for many years and awaiting the perfect opportunity, I finally created my own opportunity and visited. A month flew by so quickly that I had to return.
It's a familiar story; people arrive intending to stay for six weeks, and six years passes. Although I doubt I'll pass six years in Indonesia, I suspect it's a place I'll return to over and over again.
I’ve never seen more people bawling on tv, nor so many selfies taken in one place! After 3 weeks of living with a few different families in Jakarta, I learned some amusing quirks that will give you an insightful cultural giggle.
This Ubud Mashup is a visual depiction of my five weeks in Ubud Bali; walking the streets, eating the foods, and stumbling on a few special surprises.
Here are some random observations about Bali such as the cost of life, why everybody has the same name, how it fits into the Indonesian tapestry, why kite flying is serious business, and more. I cap it off with a wee rant about people who say it isn’t what it once was!
Join me as I take a Balinese Cooking class in Ubud with a lovely mother/daughter duo who share their Balinese cooking and family secrets with me!
CUTE MONKEY ALERT! I had to walk through the Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud all the time during my first month in Bali. Here’s why people thought I was crazy for doing it. Oh – and see pics and vid of cute monkeys!