Adjusting to My New Digs and Questioning My Travel GoalsJan 18, 2019 Indonesia My Adventures, My Personal Journey
Instead of going out exploring, I found myself hiding out in my safe haven, my computer. I worked on my website, wrote some articles. This is fun for me and I'm so happy to have time to do it! I actually stood in the middle of the room one day and thought (or said out loud more like) "I don't know what to do with myself if I'm not on the computer." Wow, I really do have some adjusting to do.
Things became even more confusing when the pembantu (gardener) told me that the electricity was almost out and I had to pay to put more on and that the motorbike was broken. Given that I'm in not in an area with much to walk to, I was relying on that motorbike. And I didn't know I'd have to pay for utilities here.
What the hell am I doing here? What have I done?
I started looking at other places to stay ether on Bali or elsewhere.
Had a nice chat with the previous house/pet sitter and it turns out that she got the sham too. And that the place was such a wreck when she got here that she cried the first night. Having someone in my court made me feel better.
The next morning I woke up to a bit of sunlight and a new attitude. I can do this. I enjoyed coffee and my last pastry, and walked to the local market. I was a bit awkward with my lack of language but I managed some laundry soap, dish soap, cut a deal on some fruits, and got a lighter for the incense. Success.
I had flashes of if I was really meant to travel full time as I've always thought. Maybe I could go home and just work and be super happy in my wonderful little beach cottage and my fluffy love kitty. I really need to figure this out, don't I? I know travelling would also make my life better, but what's the weigh-out? Am I turning my back on something wonderful just for some greener grass?
Then I cleaned up the house a little and went for a dip in the pool in the rain. Got out to a full rainbow over the beach with about 100 dragonflies darting around. I feel it. Slowly I'm making the shift to remembering what's really important and what really makes someone (me anyway) truly happy. Honestly until you feel it, you don't even know it exists. It's like love; fairy-tale love, Until you feel it, you THINK you've been in love but you have no idea what's really out there. The "Egg Island moment."
7 weeks of no-frills living, to a hotel in the city. Not only does it have slippers, a kettle, a fridge, and drinking water, but it has air conditioning and hot water!! Oh doesn't it feel good to appreciate that which often gets taken for granted!
Weathering the Storm of the Decade in Bali
Nothing calm or soothing about my first week in Bali! Constant storms, crashing waves, and apparently the worst storm in 10 years! Watching what happens out at the beach has been an interesting thing to observe.
It is Not Polite to Stop at a Red Light
With an average of over 200 motorbike deaths in Bali every month, I found myself quite wary of hitting the road, even in a smaller village. But I put on my big girl pants and did it.
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