I haven’t even been away from home for a week and I had slipped back into this lifestyle so easily.
As soon as I got off the plane in Denpasar, Bali I knew I was exactly where I was meant to be again.
It was easy to know. The sun was on my face, everything looked familiar and it just made so much sense. I don’t think I’ve stopped smiling since I got off the plane – it is all just so amazing.
I stayed in Seminyak for two nights with my friend from Thailand, Zac and I got to hang out with a whole bunch of friends who I met in Pai; Brady, Emily, Julia, Leela, Kieran, Jenn and a new friend, Heather.
Heather had the hooked up with her friends’ dad owning this amazing place in Seminyak which was literally a sanctuary. From the busy, bustling nightclub scene on the street, we went through a big orange gate and then a small wooden door. We walked along a curved path through what can only be described as a manicured jungle to find a huge open dining area and pool with really soft grass. This place was an oasis; an Eden.
We walked through to the beach where we found all of our friends and spun fire by the ocean at sunset. It was a really special moment. Whenever I leave somewhere, I question the next time I’ll be able to spin, but it only being day two overseas again, I know that I really don’t need to worry about it at all. Nick, the owner of the house, then had us over for a delicious home-cooked meal at his Eden and we talked late into the night about all kinds of things. I found out that Nick had built the house back in the 80’s when all that was around was grass fields and coconut trees. Now he is surrounded by nightclubs, tattoo parlours and cheap shops selling Bin Tang singlets to drunk Australians. There are high walls around his place which block out the rest of the world. I like to imagine that behind those walls, the coconut trees are still there in the moonlight. We all moved up to Ubud the next day. Brady took me and Zac took my bag on the back of his bike. So handy to have these delightful humans around to help me out. Brady, very generously, invited me to stay with him at his place. Another oasis I got to enjoy! He is going to stay there for about a month so got a house with some of his friends back home and it is so beautiful.
The highlight in Ubud for me was being able to spin fire at a dilapidated hotel called Mishi. A Japanese artist built it out in the jungle, but died a few years ago and didn’t leave the property to anyone. People sometimes go to help out a little bit here and there, but for the most part it is becoming overgrown by nature. There, we got to spin fire in what can only be described as a half build room which nature has taken back next to a waterfall. Yet another very special night around really beautiful people.
I then left my fire tribe and went back to Gili Air for a few days. My beautiful friend Julie offered for me to stay at her place whilst I was there and what a treat it was. Her house is so beautiful and boasts a big pink wall which matched my hair perfectly.
Not many of my friends I made here are on the island anymore. After the earthquake which devastated a lot of the Gili’s and Lombok, most people left for other adventures elsewhere. But the friends I did get to see here were so welcoming and very convincing for me to perhaps move back.
I went and saw the old yoga studio I taught at whilst I was here. There was a lot of new buildings and renovations going on. But Jon, the owner, very kindly allowed me to attend a class for free and it was all very reminiscent of times past.
I remember my favourite thing to do whilst living in Gili Air was to ride my bike around in the middle of the night. It would be warm and quiet. I’d listen to my music softly and cruise around for a while. Being able to do this again left me with the biggest smile on my face. It was like a different sense of coming home.
So who knows, maybe in the future I will return to this little paradise island. But for now, it’s off to Nusa Lembongan and to Yoga Bliss to start teaching again.
All I know for sure is that I am exactly where I’m meant to be; back in the sunshine.