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Bali Day 21

1230am

It is April 1st, Midnight and I woke up refreshed and energized. Ready for an intense morning (good intense). So grateful for my guides and angels for waking me up with ease and grace.

I usually require an hour of waking up before I am entirely ready to roll out. So I did my morning thing and next thing you know it’s 1:15am. Eka was going to be here by then but he ddin’t arrive till just about 2am. Which totally meant I could’ve slept longer but it’s all good because my angels were by my side.

There were 5 of us; Eka, Ayu, Ervina, Arik and I rolling out. The drive was long, Eka drove all morning. It took us about an hour and a half. We got there somewhere around 3:30am. Everyone kept going in and out of sleep except for Eka and I. I wanted to see everything in darkness and I did. When we were coming up to the mountains you could see the valley and the silhouettes of the mountains in the back ground. It was so beautiful.

We somehow meet our guide on the side of the road in the dark after listening to Jennifer Lopez on repeat for about 45 mins. We follow him to drop off his bike and he hops in the car with us and we continued to some point where we finally parked. We all got out slowly and got our shit together. Our guide Budi gave us all flashlights and we began.

OMG!!! We turn to the road we are supposed to hike up and it is literally at a 85% or more upgrade! I started breathing through my nose and walking very slowly. Arik and Budi were way far ahead of all of us. The girls were struggling, but apparently more than I, Ervina was hung over I come to find out and she is hiking at 4am straight up a hill. Yep that was intense. Every time we would crawl to what seemed like flat road, it was only for 2 steps before it went to a 90% upgrade.

Many breathing breaks were taken and my legs felt like they were going to fall off, but we all kept going. Not really sure how long it was before we made it to the top. Arik and I talked about it after saying that if we saw the road in the daylight we probably wouldn’t have wanted to do it; but because we couldn’t see it except with the flashlight, I felt it made it much easier, if that’s even possible. That was so super challenging.

At the last hill

When made it to the final hill and I stopped for a second and sprinted up. I am not sure where the energy came from but I did and when I got up there all you could see were the stars and the villages’ lights down below. We weren’t actually on Mt Batur as it is a tourist attraction and it was closed but we went to another location to where you can see it clearly and on the other side which I had no idea but was the ocean.

The stars were incredible and the night view were epic.

As the sun began to come up everything became even more beautiful and amazing. It was breathtaking. Heaven on Earth. Looking out watching the clouds roll over the ocean that looked like glass, wow. The view was incredible. Straight from Heaven…

Oh the fun we had up there.

I have this fear of ledges but while here in Bali I feel as if my fears have dissipated (excpet for the lake stuff)- lol. It’s a strange thing. I have this thing about ledges, not to be confused of heights. I have no fears around heights but ledges I absolutely do. I almost fell off the grand canyon as a kid, I’ve been pushed off a ledge I was sitting on about 6 feet up and fell on my back and couldn’t breathe. I went to face my fears in Spain and I was standing on the ledge with everyone else and was looking out when the tour guide came up to me and fake pushed me towards my death; I was looking out over a the city from a castle and it was a giant drop to nowhere land. So here I am in Bali and I climb up this ladder and sit on a ledge with zero fear. I even let my feet dangle. It was so beautiful. Back home I wouldn’t even walk towards the ledge of a waterfall in fear of falling. Maybe when I go back I can try that again.

We stayed for a bit longer and took more beautiful and fun pictures before we decided to trek back down. Everyone was ready for coffee, but me; lol. As we began our trek down we were actually now able to see everything we passed along the way up. We came to a little cross in the road and there were a couple of warungs. They picked one and ordered coffee. She made 5 cups of coffee but I think she had to make one at a time. We were there for a while., which was fine because now that it was morning, everyone was moving about and they were everywhere. Coming and going on the motorbikes from every direction.

Everyone enjoyed their coffee and it was time to descend from this place. Getting ready to witness the actual road in daylight.

Seriously, just look at those roads!! Anyways, we finally made it to the bottom and everyone was grateful. We crawled back into the car and dropped off Budi back at his bike. We all decided it would be a great idea to go to the hot springs. Being that were are here and it was open. We went. No one brought a bathing suit so we all just went in our underwear and it was so perfect for after what we endured all morning with our legs.

We get out of the car and it was 50k each for Arik and I. So we paid and we all got in. It wasn’t what I had in mind at all but that’s why I try to hold no expectations. We all undressed down to our scivies and jumped in. The big middle one was warm, not hot but there were 3 pools entirely so we checked all of the out. There was a small local family showering in the showers when we got here and by the time we were all ready to get in the water the family had left. We had the entire place to ourselves. It was kinda nice, but it’s been like that everywhere we’ve gone since Arik and I have joined forces.

We began to dry off and I had to finally pee. Here it was, I went into the bathroom to scope out the scene. It seemed like a toilet but there was no flusher, no toilet paper, no hose to rinse off, no garbage. So I walked back out and grabbed my toilet paper, handled it and threw away the tissue in the trash near the showers. I tried very much to not touch anything. lol.

So we finish up and shower and get back in the car. Arik is now driving for the first time with the stick shift on the left not right. He was having a blast, they asked me if I wanted to but I said no. Too many people and other vehicles, I just wanted to see what we all missed while driving here. Arik pulled over at a restaurant he thought might be open and switched drivers, So Eka was back to driving.

As we were driving through the little villages I kept seeing spider webs. When we pulled into the busy part of the village where everything is neck in neck I looked up and saw all the spider webs; but this time there were handfuls of those big huge spiders and they were everywhere. I almost rolled up the window in fear of one jumping in, but I knew better- they were on the other side of the web. They would have to crawl around to the other side and jump. oooohhhh gross. I ended up seeing one as big as my 2 hands together, including the legs! That shit was gnarly. I told everyone there that there is no way I could live in these villages. I didn’t get any pictures but they were the same spiders as the video in my previous blog.

By now we are all starving. We found a place that was open as many places are not. We pull in and walk up. The view was of Mt Batur and it was stunning.

Mount Batur; Volcano (all the black is from lava 20 yrs ago)

We sat down and everyone but me had some weird looking fish that was farmed right down below in the Lake Batur. I ordered chix satay and rice with vegetables. What came out was not what I thought. The rice was spicy so I ordered white rice and that little thing next to the egg was the pc of chicken. A different cut and not how I have been served satay thus far, but I ate it anyways. It was fine, just kinda bland and boring. Everyone else was having fun with their fish… ehh. lol

Now I have no clue what time it is, but I am pretty sure it’s still morning like 9am or something. We pack it in once again and now everyone is tired after eating and relaxing in the hot springs. But we apparently are still on quest. Our destination was a temple in Ubud.

But first we had to get out of here. Our drive was long as more people were out driving and everyone fell asleep except me and Eka who was driving. I helped keep him awake as best as I could.

We finally get to the temple and it is closed down to tourists. We were told we could walk to the temple gates but not allowed to enter. So we walked. It was nice to get out of the car for a bit. Puri Tirta Empul Temple. People come here to be purified and wash away the old. These were the only pictures I could get without going in. Still very beautiful.

We left here and headed home. It had been the longest day ever. It was somewhere between 330- 5pm by the time we got back. I jumped in the pool to lower my body tempertautre and Arik decided to order some food now and probably eat it for dinner. I satyed awake till it came and went in for a nap. I was going to save mine for later.

I slept about 2 hours and woke up, didn’t really want to get up but I figured if I didn’t then I would wake up at midnight again. So I got up ate my food hung out for about an hour or so and went right back to bed.

Love, Light and Healing
xoxo
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Bali Day 19

Today I got up and jumped in the refreshing pool. Made some breakfast with what we had left and decided to go check out the beach and go grocery shopping.

We rode the motor bikes to the beach and it was hot. We parked and meandered down what would be like a “boardwalk” if you will. It was cool, mostly everything was closed but a few warungs and restaurants. Aric had come down here the day before on his walk and found this place that serves smoothie bowls.

We finished up there and continued for about another 10 mins or so. All the resorts and hotels had beach front properties and the pools were huge and empty. Everywhere was empty. A handful of people were lounging on the beach chairs under the shade but only in one little section.

The local shops that were open had women outside trying to get anyone to go and buy anything. I have been analyzing what I have and I am kind of getting bored with the same clothes, but I don’t need anything yet. If I am here longer than we will see, for now, I stick with what I have.

The beach there was interesting, as the waves brake what seemed like a mile out. So the shore was more like lake water. Not something I would jump into because of my phobia of lakes. Lol. It was weird to see the waves break so far away, all the boats were parked close to shore so when the tide is out, the boats are stuck till the tide comes back.

We eventually made it to the grocery store and Aric had invited Eka and Ayu over for dinner this evening. So we made sure we had enough rice and what not to make fried rice with egg and pork belly.

Fried rice with pork belly, bacon, egg, onion, corn, green peppers

We got back chilled out for a while and kicked it poolside. We bought extra beers and I still had a bottle of wine. Eka and Ayu came by as the sun went down and brought a guitar. I think Ayu left around 9 to go pick up her roommate from work and brought her back over. When they arrived they picked up the guitar and sang, it was awesome. They were so good.

We planned our next adventure, which was to go to Mount Batur for sunrise. which meant we needed to leave at 130am. We planned to do that not tomorrow but the next day, because we would have to go to bed by 5pm or 6pm; well, so I could wake up at midnight.

We played in the pool, played the guitar, and drank until it was time to go. They all left at midnight and we went to bed.

Love, Light and Healing
xoxo
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Bali Day 10

Today I woke up at 630am which was exciting that I got to sleep in, granted I went to bed at 1230am. Nonetheless, I was stoked. I was relaxing by the pool when my friend Phillip came rolling out and said that he and Michael were going to La Brisa, which is a beach club in town, around 1ish. He then invited me along for the ride, in which I said absolutely.

I had plenty of time dilly dally and realized I needed to shower and eat before we left. So I showered and went to the corner and ordered take away from this little waurung that was suggested by Phillip. The ladies were quite busy as they had several take away orders and plenty of taken seats. I sat there watching them after I ordered mine and patiently waited. It was fascinating watching these two ladies work. Everything they needed was right in front of them. They didn’t have all the fancy kitchen stuff that we have in the US and it works, efficiently for them. I loved it. They make one thing over and over until it runs out and it becomes something else. Today it was steamed rice and chicken, yumm. I paid 12k which is like, I don’t even think it’s a US dollar, and I was on my way.

Trekking back to Umah Bamboo

I got back to the bamboo villas and opened it up, I was hungry and didn’t really feel like paying beach prices for my food. It’s all wrapped in paper and stapled closed at the top. I open it up and I see the chicken and not the rice. I got a plate and noticed the chicken was scooped up on a leaf and under the leaf was the rice. I was so excited. I didn’t mix it together yet and took a huge bite of the shredded chicken and vegetables. WHOA…that shit was hot! I am unclear as to why I did not spit it out, knowing how my body reacts to spicy foods. I took one more small bite on the other side hoping it wasn’t spicy and it was. So bummed and nervous now (lol), I gave the chicken to Phillip who was on his laptop next to me. I finished the rice and had some fruit and went straight to the bathroom. Popped some immodium and packed my bag for La Brisa.

We left around 1pm and apparently told Michael we would be there way sooner than we were. When we pulled up security had me get off the motor bike so he could check in the seat and then told us to go park. When we got to the front gate to go in, they checked our bags and asked if we had reservations. We told them we were meeting some people and went on our way. Impressive place.

We found Michael on the beach with bean bags and little tables. The place was like nothing I had ever seen or been to before. It was incredible, probably much like spring break places. Michael immediately said something about timing. Phillip laughed and said, I’m like a girl relax, what else are you gonna do here. I laughed and Michael was smiling. Michael is from Poland, he says to me it’s a sign of disrespect if you are late in my country.

We all kick back and relax, drinking coconuts and Phillip a beer. The sand was so dark, it was black but in the sun it was like black glitter. It was beautiful. Natures glitter as someone once said…I loved that so much because after seeing this…I can absolutely agree. I kept digging my feet in and pulling them out covered in natures glitter and it was pretty. My pictures don’t do it justice but in person, so pretty.

Michael ends up leaving and Phillip is waiting for his lady friend to meet us there. I decide to go into the water, after all it was hot and so was the sand. I walked down to the water, it was so beautiful, the water, the sand, everything. I saw a bunch of seaglass I wanted to pick it up and give it to my sister but not trying to pack in a bunch of stuff, especially not knowing anything at this time. I found a piece of coral which I did pick up and that was it. I meandered out onto the sandbar and played in the waves while standing. I felt the current was really strong, so I didn’t want to actually swim. But the water was so nice. I went back up and sat down on my beanbag and Phillip went to go meet his lady friend down the beach and walk back here. I ordered another coconut and started marco polo’ing everyone.

Phillip and friend came back and they were going to check out another view for a bit. I stayed on the beach till the rain clouds rolled in. Packed up my stuff and went upstairs to the rest of the club and found them. We all found a nice little spot and claimed it. As I sat there looking around I couldn’t help but admire everyone’s beauty. Everyone here was beautiful. From babies to grandparents, beauty.

I jumped in the pool nearest me and scoped the scene. Just taking it all in. The water in the pool was actually chilly, but totally refreshing. I got out dried off and decided to leave these two little love birds and go something to eat before I got hangry.

I walked out and down the road aways and found a corner spot, I forgot the name but I think it was called Canggu Garden. It just started to rain and there was a bench like seat that looked really comfy and sat there. I ordered immediately the avocado toast, so good; and a fresh juice. It started down pouring now and the owner kept asking if I was getting wet because of the roof. I said nope it’s perfect. I finished my meal and was still quite hungry. I even waited 10 minutes, for the rain to stop. The owner said it’ll stop in an hour. So I decided to order another meal. Something about chicken. It came out and it was a sandwich, I had no idea, with French fries. I did not eat the ff but the sandwich was really good. I ate everything. And when I was done, the rain stopped.

I packed up my belongings and went on my way. I was going to walk to the grocery store and then hitch a ride home but I saw this cute guy on his bike and he offered me a ride for what sounded like 15k. So I said sure. As we rode to the store he asked me how old I was, I signed to him 4 0. He freaked out, turned around and was like what??? I started laughing so I asked him how old he was and his reply, I thought you were 23, I am 20. As we both were laughing we made it to the store. It was quite busy in there so it took me about 10 mins to get in and out. I bought some avocados and fruit. When I came out we looked at each other and laughed again. We made it back to my place and I went to give him 15k and he said no 50k. Big difference to misunderstand. I’m glad I had it on me. So I handed it over and said thank you, with a big smile and he took off.

When I got inside, the couple from Czech Republic were still up and having dinner. About 15 mins later Phillip and his lady friend came rolling in. Straight to the room they went. It had been quite the long day so I turned in as well.

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Out with the Old and In with the New…

As I sit back and let nature takes its course, I find myself living in gratitude. September came and went with whirlwinds of “what am I’m going to do?”, to an amazing new opportunity. It’s mid October and I am now moving to Florida for the next 4 months to check it out and make extra money for my upcoming trip.  My sister called and offered me a chance to check out Florida. Not only will that be awesome but I can continue to build a stronger bond with her. We are 12 years apart. So we didn’t really grow up with each other and never really saw each other that often throughout the years. Although living with her full time isn’t the ideal situation, it’s temporary. Which makes us both feel excited. The full moon october 13th was super ideal for me to release everything that no longer serves my greatest and highest good. I had a theta healing session in which we cleared out so much that was weighing me down. It was awesome. I wasn’t planning this but my date to leave is october 27th which also happens to be the new moon. New moons are all about new beginnings and putting out intentions and goals. I am super stoked! I will be driving to Florida from maine and taking my time. Visiting with my chickadee (granma) for several days, then to my aunt and uncles in South Carolina, whom I haven’t seen in over 2 decades. Then off to Jacksonville where I will see a good friend of mine whom I also haven’t seen in 2 decades. Then to my godfathers in central Florida. Then to my new home. I am really excited for this adventure. Who knows where it’ll take me and I’m grateful for not knowing. A new beginning to a brand new book. All old books are finished, closed and packed away.

My home in Maine. The view I am leaving behind for the winter. Looking forward to seeing what my new view will look like!
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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/