Exactly one year after my first trip to Istanbul and Bali in 2012 I flew again for a month to Bali. This time together with my partner Willem. We arrived on the 1st of January 2013, mainly with the plan to find some kind of business that Willem was looking for, since his goal was to settle down in Bali.
We had lovely weeks, I did my yoga, and went on hikes. Together we checked out the Green School, and the Green Village, with houses built completely out of bamboo in an ecological way, and stunning beauty!
After a few days in Istanbul I flew to Bali. I had heard that it's a wonderful city, and the hippie hear was supposed to be in Ubud so I had booked my first nights there.
It sounds crazy but I hardly took photos during my first time here in Bali, although I stayed about 3 weeks.
It was magical and transforming for me. I started doing yoga, which felt really hard in the beginning. I also joined meditation and chanting classes. I met some wonderful lovely friends from Finland, America, France and Holland. I even fell a bit for one of the Dutch guys, so at the end of my stay we decided to stay in contact. Our group of a strange mix of people made trips to different parts of the island. I went with the Finnish girl to Lovina beach and Tulambem for scuba diving. Ubud is amazing! It is very touristy, and full of hippie yoga stuff. It does feel like a little bubble far from reality. The Balinese are amazing people. They do their offerings for the Gods several times a day, and there are actually more holidays than working days in Bali, all to celebrate the Gods. It is a very peaceful religion and differs a lot from the mostly Islamic rest of Indonesia.
I cried when I had to leave. I had spent the last two nights at the villa of my new Dutch friends, and it was pure heaven.