Bali has always been in the back of mind as a place I’ve wanted to visit. Finally taking this trip to Bali put me out of my comfort zone, as it was the first time I’d been to SE Asia – and on my own. I had about a month or so between booking my ticket to Bali and actually going, so I didn’t do much planning. It ended up being a trip that fell right into place. I met many wonderful people, who I’m happy to say I will be seeing again very soon. Even though I ended up
getting quite sick, I’m so thankful I made this trip. Bali felt like a magnet in ways, bringing in people, their stories, while sending us all out on our latest adventures.
Here’s a snapshot my 3 week trip in Bali, wrapped up in 37 photos.
I attended a cremation ceremony in Ubud, during my first week of my visit. It was an intense, yet thought provoking experience. These were the offerings we made during the ceremony. It’s tradition to put money into the fire as the corpse is being burned.
A temple near the cremation site.
One of my favorite memories in Bali. I went to what I thought was going to be a community yoga class, but it turned out to be yoga for kids! I met Angie and her daughter, pictured to the left. We ended up having a wonderful time together, along with many laughs while we joined the kids for yoga.
Sunrise seen from Mount Batur. We started hiking at 4:00 AM.
Gorgeous views from Mount Batur early in the morning.
Sky high offering at the summit.
Monkeys on Mout Batur.
Beautiful morning for a hike.
A happy, yet tired hiker. This was around 8 am after getting up at 2:30 am!
Some sort of a march in Ubud. Was working on my computer and heard some noise from outside, looked out to see this. Bali is full of surprises.
What will $12 USD/per night get you? This awesome private room, a terrace, and breakfast every morning. Bali sure is budget friendly.
Ladies who have it made it in the shade. Rice terrace walkers.
Rice terrace near Ubud, Bali.
Sweaty rice terrace face. Trying to stay covered up in the strong sun.
Pura Tirta Empul: Water Temple near Ubud, Bali
View from my private terrace in Ubud. I loved having tea here every morning.
When I was walking down the street for the first time I saw this temple my jaw dropped in delight.
Strolling the streets of Ubud.
Bali’s version of a minivan.
Figuring out how to do selfies with a Nikon D3200 :)
Temple in Ubud.
So many scooters near the Ubud palace.
Kites at Ubud market.
New beginnings of rice in Ubud.
Tea time on my terrace. Seeing this kettle with the “Fresh your feeling” statement always cracked me up. It’s funny how English words are thrown together. I always thought of it as a pick me up.
Offerings on the terrace. I loved the smell of incense everyday.
Tea time during my stay at the Alaya Ubud. Bali was a lovely place to enjoy quiet moments, as the heat made me slow down.
Oh hey there, swimming pool.
Quite possibly my favorite desk. Enjoying my stay at Viceroy Bali. Ahem, check out that private pool.
Rice fields near Viceroy Bali.
Offering in the rice field.
Yummy fruit. Oh the fruit of Bali – oh so good.
Gorgeous views at Viceroy Bali.
One of the reasons I went to Bali is thanks to this Sydney train map. I’d always wanted to go to Bali, but it wasn’t till I met an Austrian yoga instructor in Sydney who really encouraged me to visit Bali. I met her, we chatted, and she wrote down her favorite places on a hand drawn map of the island. I booked my flight to Bali a few days later. I keep this map with me as a reminder to say yes to opportunities, things, and people when they come into your life.
Written in: Rathfriland, Northern Ireland
Photography note: Photos were taken with a Nikon D3200 HDSLR camera with AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm lens or an iPhone5. Cropping and edits were made with Nik Collection.