Oh, why hello there!
I know, I know, it’s been a while between posts. But once again my excuse is that I honestly just haven’t had the time. I have had a constant stream of friends come to visit me over the past few weeks which means that I haven’t found myself alone at all.
In saying that, I’ve been having the most fabulous adventures. Adventures which have left me feeling like I’ve actually got most of my sh*t together and that I know what I’m doing.
For example, I had to go over to the mainland to do my visa extension. I got the boat over for a local price, walked through Sanur to find a scooter to rent for a few days, got petrol and drove myself an hour down to Kuta to meet up with Paul again to go see Aladdin at the movies. (It’s fantastic! Definitely would recommend!)
The next day, I went to immigration and was in and out in 10 minutes, before meeting up with friends for lunch, then driving an hour to Ubud with them to see more friends for dinner. Then the next day it was back to Sanur and back to my island.
Whilst on the boat back to Nusa Lembongan, I started reflecting on my time in the mainland over the last few days. It felt a little odd though, this feeling of reflection – I’d only been away three days, and I was still going back to an island. What was going on? I usually only feel this way when I’m on a plane back to Australia. But I realised that I was in this state of reflection because I felt like I was going home. Home to where I live, because I live here. It left me with a huge smile on my face as I realised why I was feeling this way.
Paul also said to me one night, “It’s really lovely to see you in your element here.” It’s also really wonderful to be able to show people that.
My next visitor was Tim. Tim and I met when he was a student at Om Yoga Australia where I use to teach in Melbourne. He then came to a festival with me and my friends and we’ve been hanging out ever since.
When I was home in Melbourne over Easter, we had lunch and I mentioned that if he needed a holiday, he could come and stay with me, do a bunch of yoga and hang out for a while. A couple of days later, his flights were booked.
It was wonderful to be able to have him here, and also show him my life. We did a lot of fun things, but more than anything, we did yoga. I think he came to every yoga class I taught here – A bit different from Paul who did two classes, one of which was his first class ever! But that also meant that he had no teachers to compare me to, so technically, I’m his best teacher ever!
Tim and I also managed to shoot over to the biggest of the three Nusa islands, Nusa Penida. This island is f*cking huge! We left at 6.30am to get the first boat across, drove around all day, and got the second last boat back at 4.45pm and still didn’t even see a third of the island. But what we did see was really special. It honestly didn’t even feel real most of the time by how beautiful these places were. High cliffs that overlook the ocean, all the way down to clear blue water and little manta rays cruising in the bay. And it’s so big that you barely see anyone else either.
I can now also see why people get motorbikes and cruise around countries on them. Sorry Mum, but those scooter rides were really damn fun. Having driven scooters for over a year, I’m pretty confident and safe on them now. I know how to be safe for myself and read the road. I think also from riding a bicycle around Melbourne for many years, it allows me the awareness of reading situations before they even happen.
So Tim and I rode around these gorgeous roads all day. True, some of the roads were littered with potholes which means a 2-kilometre drive took about half an hour, but the rest of the time we were weaving under rocks and up the side of a mountain that would look out across the water to Agung, the big volcano planted on mainland Bali.
We went through Tellytubby Hills which looked exactly as promised. We saw the T-Rex lookout point which was really spectacular.
The only problem was time. We ran out. I had to get back across to my little island and teach my class at 6 pm, and then also move house. I managed to do it all and slept so well that night!
After such a beautiful visit from Tim and Paul, I can only encourage anyone else, from anywhere in the world; if you want to come and explore with me, you are also more than welcome to come and experience this. It has just confirmed for me that happiness and knowledge are the only things that get bigger when they’re shared.
So if you’d like to share some of my happiness, you are welcome to have as much as you want.