There are many places that I have visited on my travels that I have thought, “I have to come back here”, but the first place that I truly have had the hardest time actually leaving was just this past week in Bali. I was there only five days, and maybe that had something to do with it, but I have been many places only five days, for that matter many places that i had been only one day, and after being there, where ever that might be, I was ready to move on and discover the next place. – Not so for Bali; I wanted to stay!
The crazy thing is I was headed to Australia, a new continent and new country, and one that I was really looking forward to visiting. I had heard stories that Australian women love the American accent – and of course all Aussie women are hot as all get out! Not to even mention seeing Kangaroos and Koala Bears in the wild and all, but regardless, with all that ahead, I still did not want to leave Bali!!
Why the reluctancy… – I guess maybe because the island is all about rest and relaxation and rejuvenation, which is exactly what I was ready for! – Now with that said, as I look back on the five days in the midst of the R&R&R I somehow seemed to do tons. – I went diving one day on the north side of the island to see the USAT Liberty, which was torpedoed on WWII and stayed a float and only had one casualty, which was a guy who had a heart attach, only to be pushed back out to see after the main volcano on the island, Mount Agung, erupted in ’63, pushing the ship back out to sea 100 meters and making for one of the best wreck dive sites reachable from the shore in the world. – It was recommended by my dive instructor Annaleese in Ko Phi Phil and it amazing! I read a couple of books; Ken Follett‘s Sins of Our Fathers and finished reading World Without End, as well as re-reading the Love section of Eat, Pray Love ( to learn more about Bali). I went for runs on the beach in the morning and walks in the afternoon, saw sunrises near the hotel in Nusa Dua and had cocktails at sunsets near Kuta beach. I toured around the Volcano, Mount Agung, and saw the black sand and volcanic rock beaches of the north and the white sand beaches of the south parts of the island. I went to a wine tasting and celebrated Thanksgiving. I continued to meet great people from everywhere…- I discovered Ubud for a day and a night and walked the rice paddy fields and saw the country side and the ocean. I worked on my tan; the traditional bright red faced Irish tan – …and somehow through it all I had a chance to completely just chill and enjoy! – It was amazing – and hard to leave!
Rather than go on with words about all the happenings, I will let the camera do the talking for me and tell the story of way I never wanted to leave Bali. – Photo Log, journal and gallery below… – I hope you enjoy!