Good morning from Bali!
When Mr Beach Cottage and I realised that this school holidays (if you are reading from outside Australia the children are on school hols from before Christmas and for the whole of January – for some lucky parents, like me, that means 8 weeks of the kiddos home) could possibly be our only window of opportunity for a holiday all year (work and school commitments the rest of the year) we started looking around at places to go…
We initially looked at places in Australia to go so that Barls could come along too, that notable place up the coast a few hours from us, that’s a lil’ boho and hippie sprung to mind, but once we looked into it the vastly inflated school holiday prices in Australia meant that we would rather spend our cash on seeing another culture…some cottages we looked at were close to $10,000 a week to rent.
We looked at a lot of options…our main one was that we didn’t want too long a flight, which really means Asia and no further, we looked at Vietnam, Philippines, Thailand, Japan and a few others…but Bali seemed easy and accessible for us…and though I think most Australians I know have been here more than once and it’s all a bit kiss-me-quick to some, to us, being from the Old Country, it seemed a bit special.
I was also hugely sucked in by the whole spiritual thing, just call me Elizabeth Gilbert with 3 kiddos in tow haha – in the last few months of last year I had decided that my life needed a bit more calm and bit more connecting with myself (still quite not sure how one does that but it sounds good) and a bit more I don’t know what, it’s sounds all sissy, but I thought I might find whatever it is in Bali…
Well I didn’t find anything much like that at all, I was looking for a serenity, some calm and peace in an Indonesian paradise setting, what I got at first was a whole lot of mad-paced, frenetic life fuelled by tourism, a lot of international brands topped off with flowers and very beautiful people on scooters in lovely bright clothes…
…it is crazy and you can see hints of the old Bali everywhere but I think it could be very easy to come here and leave with anything but serenity and calm… I did dig a little deeper though and so glad I did and did learn a few things, just little things to head into the new year with, but to be honest it’s not particularly because of Bali…though I must say I love it here…but more just those things you get on holiday if you know what I mean?
1. I love travelling and seeing new things in my life (I think we already established on this here blog that fact) – this trip to Bali has fuelled that and I am looking at booking another little trip (might have to be on my own little lonesome) as soon as we get back – it’s only going to happen if I make it happen, right?
2. I am not good roughing it. Period.
As I said yesterday we had a few accommodation problems. Sorry but I like laundered sheets. And to shower without cockroaches falling on my head. And I expect the facilities advertised to be available and work.
I don’t want to see a rat.
Just call me a princess.
3. I need to stop and do less more often and seriously get back to reading fiction – it’s so good for that serenity thing to get lost in a book.
4. I don’t like fish nibbling my feet
but up for trying out being on the back of a moped
5. Mostly this trip has shown me how life could be quite different for me…made me slap my wrist, pull up my socks and feel very very grateful for the Lucky Country and our new life there…
Have you been on holiday to somewhere that you had pre-conceived ideas about that turned out to be quite different? Do you come home from holiday grateful for your life? Do you like the idea of fish nibbling the dead skin off of your feet?
I’ll be the one with the smooth feet ;)
See you soon, I’ll be tuning in tomorrow with more, oh and there’s a bit of news on ABeachCottage Mark II! Exciting!