I can safely say that I have found a home.
Don’t get me wrong, travelling is a lot of fun. But there’s something about being in a private room, for one, and being able to really unpack your bag and settle down. It feels like I have a little more purpose now.
My new home is on an island in the Gili islands called Gili Air. To walk about the entire island is 5.5ks and takes about an hour. We’re surrounded by two other little islands, Lombok and from the other side of the island you can see the volcanos of Bali.
And I am completely convinced that this place is magic.
I have started volunteering at a yoga and meditation centre called H20 on the island. In exchange for three hours’ work (sitting on reception, clearing dishes in the cafe, etc) I get a free private room and free yoga classes. A very fair trade I feel.
I’ll also be taking a few classes here in the next few weeks which is also exciting.
I only started here on Saturday but I already know that this is somewhere I want to stay for a while. Island life is for me. I can swim in the ocean whenever I feel like it. I’ve already made friends that live on the island too and there are plenty of dive schools and cafes to spend my time in. (Which I am currently doing whilst writing this post)
I have to do a “border run” next week as my visa here is only for 30 days. When I come back though I’ll be doing a 60-day visa so I won’t have to do that again until I actually want to leave… if that ever happens.
I met up with some friends the other day at a cafe and sat down next to two Argentinian guys I hadn’t met before. They asked me how long I was here etc, and I told them that this was home. One of them then told me how happy I looked. A stranger who I’d never met before can see me beaming with joy. I must be in the right place.
I wake up every day and think about how bloody lucky I am to be able to do this. If I start to feel differently, then that will be the time to move on. But I don’t see that happening any time soon.
So, if anyone wants to come and visit, you know where to find me.
Usually on the beach with a beer in hand watching these kind of sunsets.