It's a long way from here to there...

Trip Start Jul 05, 2011
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Trip End Jul 29, 2011


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The Harmony

Flag of Indonesia  , Bali,
Tuesday, July 5, 2011

It's amazing how your attitude can do a 180 turnaround in an instant. I arrived yesterday afternoon…kept it together thru the 33 hours of transit…. 24 of them sitting in an airplane seat - after less than 5 hours, my tailbone driving its way thru the skin at the base of my spine…

Found myself getting a little cranky somewhere over the Pacific…someone trying to force a seat change…trying to pin me in to a center seat so two people could sit together…no way….major negotiations went on …  flight asked me to move…..begrudgingly give up my seat…noticed how my attitude is walking a thin line… I felt like I needed to go on a tirade about something…but really there was nothing to go on a tirade about…just my own attitude…

Left it til the last second to decide where I was going off the plane…Ubud?  or the beach towns?  Last second decision takes me to the beach...it’s closer and I need to rest and get over jet lag…12 hrs difference,…the other side of the world.  Harmony Hotel…with a name like that how could one go wrong??

On the way, I see the things I love about Bali,   the innumerable offerings - some at the base of statues dressed up in black and white checked cloth…others wherever one could see to squeeze in an offering…always at the openings of warungs/ shops….everywhere.

Too excited to rest at the Harmony….got to walk the streets...feel the vibe…more than anything I’m feeling dehydrated to the max.  And pretty delirious fueled by tired.   Got to make it a short wander….else I might never find my way back to harmony.  Just putting one foot in front of the other… taking in the motorbikes coming uncomfortably within my personal space… the uneven walkways…missing slabs…the minute you look up from the ground, they seem to go down … or find a new angle…

Things are pulling together….I’m thrilled to find a elec converter, without which I wouldn’t even be writing this blog…then a place to eat…while I wait for my Pad Thai, my eyes are shutting unannounced….apparently my body is asleep….out of control.  I’m careful to eat well…no sweets, no alcohol, stay steady, stay awake…stay in my chair…

Back at THE HARMONY! There’s no fighting it any longer….noise in the streets till about 3 AM…then a massive downpour washing everybody  back home….Praise the rain!!  I’m waking every hour, disoriented, trying to figure out if it’s the next day., or really just an hour later…sheets are fresh though…just keep stretching out…trying to let my mind rest….no plans, no evaluation / what am I doing here, at this point.  That’s one thing I’ve learned…when I’m tired / new country / nothing familiar, that’s not the time to come to conclusions about anything….just take it in for later processing….no judgments, no decisions, just pay attention/ absorb/ store away…no sense in getting lost in one’s frustrations, one’s choices/indecision, that traveler anticipation/anxiety? 

Finally it’s 4 AM - give up on sleep, try to read in the too dim room, stretch out/take inventory of my body aches/tightness…loosen up….and arise to breakfast…and that’s where it all turns dramatically around. 

Women greet me with a smile…that sweet Balinese hospitality…a buffet spread with surprises…a woman on the street making her morning offerings… I want to learn more about offerings….bring that practice into my life…enhance consciousness and appreciation in my daily living….part of the exquisite beauty of Bali

and then there’s the sweet black sticky rice w bananas soaked in hot coconut milk…ecstasy to the palate…Sparkytown – you make this, Ill be an even more satisfied customer ! And noodles and noodles…and spices, veggies…good coffee…

My insides feel joyful…then my outsides….the dramatic shifts of traveling…challenge, then ecstasy of new experience…the unknowing and then the rewards….the faith and patience and leap out of comfort paying off …

OK, now I’m overcome by that feeling of I NEVER WANT TO LEAVE THIS PLACE…this kind of satisfaction / excitement / surprise / what’s around the next corner…that’s what it’s all about….these moments of perfection. 
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Comments

carol on

awesome, i love the moments of perfection!

licia fields on

oh the offerings of writing from karen
it feels like a prayer, like a longing, this is a delicious taste from the past! you keep us remembering to breathe in the world and enjoy the black sticky rice oh this world
thank you a 110 times!!!

Lois on

Karen-thank you for all the hard work it takes to write, photograph, and then figure out the technicalities of accessing the internet in another country. You bring me to a world I will never see, except through your eyes-what beauty! Take care my friend.

Mary Z on

THANK YOU!!! Incredible...on a journey with you once again and on an island by the sea. Enjoy every minute while your friends live vicariously thru your posts :-) Thank you for being YOU!!!

Sue Garafola on

Hey, Karen, Thanks for sharing your adventure, in interesting detail and
honesty, even your "unsavory" rough moods. (understandable......)
I'll let your Mom know that I heard from you.
Continued good traveling and best wishes for more "good" experiences
and few bad ones. Take care..........Sue

Dolphin Diva on

So happy for you. Glad the trip is worth the initial hassle. Love your updates.

Edie Pirri on

Hi Karen - Thank you so much for the adventure - feel like I'm there with you.
I never know where you will turn up next. Loved the photos and your vivid
descriptions of your travels. Stay safe! Edie

cate on

Hi Karen
thanks for sharing your wonderful adventure! Its so great to be able to see the world with you. Hope your well miss you.
love,
cate

dzihni andiasari on

Bu Karen, it's wonderful to see your blog, about all country that you've been...
i didn't finish yet, but i will look again and again...
:)

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