Truth be told, Bali was not even on our radar when we started our six month jaunt in South East Asia.
When we were researching where we would like to spend our last month of travels before we head home for the summer, our goal was to find somewhere where we could relax, slow down, and recharge. I realize how strange that might seem…needing to recharge after five months of travel…but it is true. As amazing as our travels have been there has also been a lot of work and stress in touring Asia with little kids.
We thought about heading to Malaysia and we considered extending our visas to stay another month in Thailand but neither of those options screamed yes to our souls. For some reason Bali kept whispering to my heart but every time I checked out what the airfare would be, Bali became an impossibility. As time ticked on I began to get more and more stressed out over our inability to make a decision and the fact that nothing was calling to us.
With so many airlines in this part of the world flights are readily available to different destinations. Although I had previously checked flights to Bali numerous times before, I decided to check out the prices of flights using different departure cities. I tried every major city within South East Asia and finally, with only two weeks left to make our decision, I found cheap flights to Bali from Kuala Lumpur.
As soon as the tickets were bought I felt an immediate sense of relief. Bali for a month? The perfect ending to our six months away.
Bali has not disappointed us, although I have to admit we have hardly explored any of it. We have stationed ourselves in Ubud and pretty much have not left. There is something about the energy here that is restorative. It feels good to be here.
The food culture is absolutely amazing. Most of the things we have missed from home like good cheese and whole grain bread are readily available. There are so many restaurants catering to the health conscious traveler including raw food and vegan restaurants. My husband, who does not eat dairy, has been mowing down on the most amazing vegan deserts and ice cream. They serve real salads here, not just some chopped cabbage and grated carrot with mayonnaise on top like we got in Thailand!
The boys have been taking ceramic classes, Mike is taking a course on raw chocolate, we attended a tea ceremony where we learned about the “chi” of tea, and the opportunity for learning goes on and on with yoga, kung fu, Qi Gong, cooking classes, raw food classes, meditation and breathing classes, art classes…
Art is literally everywhere we look. Statues and shrines, art galleries, offerings, temples, we see beauty everywhere. The Balinese people are some of the most genuinely friendly and happy people we have ever met. The terraced rice fields are simply stunning. The Hindu culture on Bali is full of ceremony, offerings, and celebration. It is an amazing place to be.