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Bali Day 23

Arik and I were all packed up and ready to go. We both wake up hella early so we were sitting around for a while. Started getting hungry so we decided to take the motorbikes and find some breakfast.

We found this cute little spot that had a little shop in it. Had a yummy little breakfast and I bought a sarong. I saw it and was like, “yes! Thats the one”. We sat there for awhile just relaxing, cuz that’s what we do in Bali.

We rode back towards the house and dropped off the scooters. Dude was gonna come and pick them up but we were right there so we took them back. It was a short walk back to the villa and we still had about an hour. We moved all of our stuff into the garage and waited for Eka and Ayu to come pick us up.

They arrived right on time and we threw everything in the car and we were on our way. We went to Kuta first and dropped off Aric at his new pad. We got a tour of his little studio apartment, private kitchen and bathroom, both separate from the bedroom.

We said our “see you laters” and the rest of us jumped back in the car and headed to Canggu. We had a challenging time finding the place, we drove passed it and had to turn around. We had to call the hosts to ask for a landmark.

We finally find it and we unload and check the place out. I saw one guy who was apparently checking out and it looked like it was just going to be me. I asked Eka and Ayu to drop me off at the grocery store as it was on their way out of town. It was right down the street so I didn’t mind walking back.

I bought a watermelon and some eggs, water and a pastry; really a chocolate croissant. I threw it all in a bag and meandered back to my pad. It was a hot walk. When I got back I unloaded the groceries and found my bathing suit and jumped in the pool. So refreshing.

I sat down on my bench and I chilled out for a bit. As I sat there I saw someone pull up on a scooter. I sat and watched the interaction with the host. The gentleman turned around and walked toward me and introduced himself. Including a little pup, named Bingo.

Bingo

His name is Ken from Canada. He has been in Bali since January. He was the only other person here at this place. We talked for a while and offered me a drink. So we had a couple of drinks and hung out poolside. After a while I started to get hungry, it was probably around 3pm so I asked him if he wanted to go grab lunch somewhere.

We got ready and we were gonna go to this little spot called Dandelion. But as suspected, they were closed, as many restaurants were closed. So we rode around saw a bunch of pizza places open. I don’t really do pizza and being in Bali, I really don’t want pizza; Even though I ate mexican food here… I still didn’t want pizza.

We rode around for about 10 mins and passed a greek restaurant. We pulled in and were told that we have to sit a certain distance from everyone. Only a handful of people were allowed to eat there at a time. We lucked out and we were able to sit.

Holy wow…So good and filling. I hadn’t eaten since breakfast at like 730-8am. So I ate everything. I had a sampler platter with everything on it. I even made room for dessert, baklava…YESSS! No I did not eat the ice cream…LOL

When we finished eating we headed back and went our separate ways. It was early but I was tired. I spent the rest of the evening getting settled in and relaxing.

As I sit here writing this I realize that I go out somewhere and I come back and relax, either poolside or in my air conditioned room. I do a lot of relaxing, I feel that that is what life is all about. I kind of do that at home too but not to this degree; But at home I caught caught up with material things as far as being in your own home and having everything you need at your fingertips; As opposed to being somewhere with just a few things. I find myself sitting with self more and reflecting. Meditating has been my go to.

I am just blessed to have this opportunity to sit with self to reflect and manifest in the most beautiful place I’ve ever been too. In one of most healing places, as Bali riddled with healing energies.

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Home Sweet Home

The Drive Home…

Normally when I leave from a place of vacation I really don’t want to leave and I typically want to move there. In this case, I really enjoyed my stay and would love to go back and visit but living there is not for me. And as far as coming home, I felt indifferent about it. I didn’t mind coming home and I didn’t mind if we stayed an extra day. That is new for me.

Driving back was nice too. It was easy and easy going. However, the border back into the US was completely opposite of going into Canada. The guy was stern and fierce. Why were we here where are we from, where are we going, did you bring anything back, take off your sunglasses, roll down the windows, sign your passport (because I forgot to do such things). He reached in the car window and opened up our cooler, which was fine and dandy but I felt that if we said anything that he didn’t like, he would have pulled us out of the car for sure. He seemed kinda angry. lol. We left him with love and light.

We stopped several times for several different reasons, after all it was a 9 hour drive. We talked, we looked for moose, we danced, we sang and the best part is that with your best friend you can sit in silence and not have to feel obligated to hear yourself talk to clear silence. I’m sure we have all been there.

Reflecting back on this trip, I am beyond grateful to have had this experience with my best friend. There were ups, downs and circles in every aspect of this trip. For me this trip was meant to be relaxing and a reboot. It was definitely a reboot, for sure. I released a lot of old energy that I didn’t know I had. I will choose not to say it was relaxing, although there were times of relaxation. It was a really heavy trip, spiritually, emotionally, physically- mainly because of all the gloriously delicious food we ate; and mentally.

As I sit here and write this I look out my window and I am so grateful for the intimate conversations I had all weekend and all the suggestions pointed out to me. I took it all in and I am able to make self changes where I see fit. Since I have been home, the first thing in order was detoxing! I have changed the way I eat for starters and I’ve started to write again including journaling. That’s a whole other story.

Anyways, great things came from this trip and I am so blessed to have a best friend like Krysta.

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Anne of Green Gables

Day 4 of Adventure

Today was supposed to be all sun and no rain all day. So we decided that this is the day we would go venture around the island for memories of Anne of Green Gables. We started off by driving 45 mins in search of the “Lake of Shining Waters”. Krysta’s GPS took us to a water-park.

After driving around we followed the road to the beach and some lookout points in hopes of finding it near there. We didn’t find it but the coastline was epicly beautiful. The red clay cliffs and dunes in the background were just a sight to see.

As we looked out along the coastline, I mentioned the lighthouse from the movie and we decided that it’s the one way out in the distance. We got back in the car and drove around and found Anne of Green Gables Heritage House with trails to the “haunted forest” and “Lover’s Lane”. The building was closed and major construction was going on while we were there. We did talk a walk through the haunted woods. It was surrounded by a golf course which was beautiful but not that reminiscent for the fans of Anne of Green Gables.

The path was quick but pretty, so we made it back to the vehicle quickly and off we were to the lighthouse. Krysta popped it up in her GPS. It probably took us another 30 mins to get there, well to the road that leads to the lighthouse.

We turn down the road that it says to and about 1/4 mile in we are on clay road. Meanwhile the whole trip I have been wanting to go off roading, after seeing all the trails on the sides of the roads everywhere on the way here. So we go, we begin nice and easy. Slowly turning into sliding slightly because its moist and clay, with big gaps all over the place. We continue, I am slightly nervous because my best friend is not feeling well and if we were to get stuck in this mud, I would have to take off my socks and shoes and roll up my pants and get out in my dress and push while Krysta steers us out! That was going through my head, becoming drenched in red clay from getting stuck! That would have been hilarious and very grateful that, that did not happen! hahaha.

I see what looks like a pile of dirt, as it turns out it was a pile of unmelted snow. I attempted to go over it and then we both looked at each other and we were like nope. She says we are going to have to back out of this entirely. I look back, look at her, look back and say ok, here goes. I did a very good job, if I didn’t I probably wouldn’t be sharing it! We came to the flat landing where we started to slide around. I turned the car around and we made it out safely with zero clay on my body!

And apparently it’s supposed to loop around, there are no signs warning anyone to enter at your own risk. So when we made it to paved road I look out and I see the Anne of Green Gables Museum. I was all excited. I grew up with this movie and before I came up here, I was able to watch all of them with my friend who actually had all the movies.

We cruise up the way to the museum. Honestly it looked closed, much like everything around. A beautiful dog and kitty greeted us as we got out of the car. Apparently the museum was the house of the author of Anne, L.M Montgomery.

It was $6 to go through the house. Teenie tiny house, but very neat. We enjoyed walking through. They said to look out the window at the top of the stairs and that’s where she was looking out and decided to call the water, “Lake of Shining Waters”. So technically there are 2 in PEI, but the one on the property is the OG.

So we def had an amazing adventure in search of Anne of Green Gables. And we were ready to head back as we had an appointment with a lovely woman named Nora. We did have some time before our appt. so we decided to go on a search for one of the only metaphysical shops on the island. We found it in Summerside, Celtic Mist. The owner was extremely nice and helpful. It was a very enjoyable experience and brought some goodies home.

We left there in time to still make it to our appointment on time. Glorious day of beautiful scenery and experiences.

Info on the places…

Celtic Mist: https://www.facebook.com/celticmist77/

Anne of Green Gables Heritage Place:
https://www.tourismpei.com/green-gables-house

Museum:
https://www.annemuseum.com/

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PEI, Here we come

Day 3 of our adventurous journey

We had decided to take our time leaving St. Andrews. Sleep was important and was was our morning routines. Eventually we packed up our belongings and left the room, headed to down to eat breakfast before we depart. We took one last looky lou around the room and saw it was snowing outside…booooo! I remember one other time it snowed on my birthday, so uncool mother nature.

Anyways, we meandered down to the restaurant and ordered the breakfast sandwich, if you happen to go there, make sure you try that at least one time…so delicious!

We both looked at each other and realized that the bridge to PEI had a toll, I told Krysta, I have a $1. She looked at me with her quirky smile and said yeah, probably more than that. So I googled it. I just about choked on m y water when I read $47 and change. I certainly did not exchange any money so hoping they take CC we left. We later found out that they do take CC, however not until you leave PEI.

We start our 4 plus hour journey to Prince Edward Island. Today, the 25th is my actual birthday and as we drove on, the rain kept on and the snow kept appearing. I don’t mind the snow but with snow comes cold weather and when you are on the water its windy so I was not 100% enjoying the drive. Especially because I was driving (my new car).

We passed through many small areas of nothing and then we would come up and more nothing. We did drive through a major city, if that’s what you would like to call it. It was cute and quaint and at this time I cannot recall the name of the town. But they did have a Costco! hahaha.

Needless to say we make it to the bridge. It really was beautiful and wicked long, I’m pretty sure it’s about 8 miles. You look out and nothing but ocean. Gorgeous. However I was driving so I had to be cautious and keep my eyes on the road.

We continue to drive for what feels like forever by now. We finally make it to our Bed n Breakfast spot. WOW, gorgeous and centered basically downtown. It is called “Fairholm INN”.

We pull in and unload after checking in. Our room was so cute and quaint, there were 7 rooms I believe 6 were upstairs and the dining area was equipped with a fireplace and lounging and about 5 two top tables for breakfast all set with plates and menus for the next mornings breakfast.

I stepped outside to grab a couple more things out of the car and ran into the owner, Brook. I was staring at my phone while walking to my car and I hear a voice, he’s friendly! I look down and this huge beautiful dog came running up to me, so excited to play I pet him as he jumps around me in excitement. Brook let me in on some good eats around the area, I let him know we did not want to be in the car any longer. So he suggested several places around the block.

Krysta and I landed at Terra Rouge, small menu, but there was something for the both of us. So we stayed. At this point I was achingly hungry, I was sweating even though it was raining because I needed something in my belly. I asked the lovely lady if they had any bread, because at this point I couldn’t even focus on the menu. She brought out some delicious bread and butter.

For those of you who don’t know me…I LOVE BUTTER!

I slathered the bread with the weird looking butter and starting eating. I just about fell to the floor wondering what on earth this woman just gave me, it was the best tasting butter I had ever eaten! She came back and told me it was miso butter and they make it in house. My mind was blown. I needed more of this, like all the time. Even though I don’t really eat alot of bread at all, I would figure out a way to consume the amount of butter I purchased from them.

After dinner we wandered back to the inn and decided to rest for the remainder of the evening. Two long days of driving we were tired. The beds we had were amazing comfortable. I always bring my own pillow but I didn’t need to. I was all cozied up on my twin bed.

Krysta was nervous about falling out of her bed, but gratefully she didn’t!

Here is the info for Fairholm Inn and Terra Rouge.

https://www.fairholminn.com/

http://www.terrerougepei.ca/

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Birthday Weekend

Day 1 of our adventure…

My best friend kept asking me what I wanted to do for my birthday at least a month in advance. All I knew is that I wanted to get out of town, but where. After lots of pondering, we decided to go to PEI, Prince Edward Island. I had never been, or least don’t recall ever going even as a child and she has once as a child.

We decided we would leave on Wednesday and return on Sunday. My intentions for this trip was to relax and chill. No major plans besides romping on the grounds where Anne of Green Gables was filmed.

Our journey began around 9 am on Wednesday morning, we took off with excitement and joy. Our first stop was breakfast, neither one of us really eat breakfast like many do. So we decided to stop at the “Maine Diner” in Wells and have breakfast burritos. YUMMMM

Off we went, We decided to take the scenic route to the first hotel in Saint Andrews, Canada. Lots of weird roads and creepy broken down houses mixed with beautiful scenery and interesting things to find on the side of the road. Like a stuffed unicorn in someones yard near the road propped up by a tree stump.

Our travels took us some time but we were just super excited to cross the border into Canada. Just to find out that we still had 2 more hours to go, or at least thats what it felt like, lol! The journey was beautiful but I was ready to just sit and relax, eat and jump into the Jacuzzi.