On my first ever overnight ferry ride heading from Coron to Manila hanging with Brad, Charlie, and our Finnish friend Sami drinking $1 bottle Filipino rum in our tourist bunks as the boat rocks in the waves.
I’ve been absolutely shit at writing about my past few weeks of traveling. I usually write as I move city to city but lately I’ve been catching up on sleep or choosing to read. Last post was on Malaysia where I (per usual) spontaneously booked a flight to Bali to meet back up with Casey and all my Aussie friends who were in Indo for a wedding. KL to Denpasar, night alone in Seminyak to wake up to find myself back in Australia. It’s more Aussies than Balinese in the south part of the island and I quickly grabbed a scooter and headed out to find Casey at Balian Beach. 3 hours later with no actual directions or road names I found myself in between endless rice paddies on my right and the ocean of my left and that’s exactly where I ran out of petrol. With my 15kg pack and helmet in hand I start walking with my thumb out. Within a few mins I was on the back of a bike with a man who barely spoke English. He would have driven past the petrol station if I didn’t yell. Got back to my bike and quickly found Casey in this tiny teeny beach town and celebrated our reunion.
Next day we headed back to Seminyak to see my Aussie mates. Had a wonderful few days throwing back Bingtangs and relaxing as if I was on a short holiday with no budget in mind. G’byes for the second time with Casey and the Oz crew and off to the middle of the island I went with Kassy to Ubud.
Here (though still too expensive for my backpacker budget) I quickly fell for the healthy, vegan food and environmentally aware atmosphere that is rare in Asia. At beautiful guest house in the middle of rice paddies, Kas and I had an incredible relaxing sober week. I spent most of my time at the yoga studio where I took an array of classes including tai chi, hanging yoga, yin yoga, and roll & release. We chose our books over the tourist attractions but scooted around seeing the Balinese architecture and old hindu temples.
I will return to Ubud. Hopefully to the Radiantly Alive yoga studio for more teacher training but definitely for the mouth-watering vegan meals and juices. 10 days was enough to put a dent in my budget but I have zero regrets. It’s not like everyday you have the chance to just hop on over to Bali.
Bali ✈ KL ✈ Taiwan next