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Amed lights

Sunrise on our last day in amed.
Beautiful diving town down on the ocean, quiet for the ceremonies and energetic amongst friends. Five in a room with an angry and confused call from the hotel manager, we are on a budget.

Add yoga and a clear sky of actively twinkling stars and ones that shoot across the 12 hour wide sky.

An early morning of exploring.

Found: sleeping construction site of an expensive vacation spot

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Found: a small village of daily life

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Dragon fly

I didn’t love ubud until today. Although, at times, a bit extreme…ubud / Bali isn’t about the sites and the cool things to do, the snorkeling, diving, balinese dance shows, the volcano hike at sunrise… The things you hear about… The things you (tourist) should do.

It’s much more personal than that. It’s a lifestyle, a healthy one, one that feels really good and you’re surrounded by other people on this natural high … Almost… To some people health/well being is the raw/vegan restaurants, for other people it’s the yoga, meditation, juice cleanses, water fasts, but pick your poison, it’s all to the same (varying in extremes)end and people feel good and people are nice.

It’s about what your life is in Bali. What routines you fall into, how you spend your time and how you use your body.

The market closes by 7 am, and everyone is in bed before midnight the night before. By ten am, you’ve had a productive day and can rest from the oppressive heat. A motor bike is mandatory to get away from the center and to get lost, you don’t need to go far before you’re welcomed in as a friend, neighbor, relative. Barefoot, watching a foreign pool game drinking tehbotol.

The flexibility to get lost in others plans and cultures is a must while traveling.

I’ve never known a more smiley people than those of Bali.

Coffeen with gede is magic, his English is remarkable and his smile is warm. Bali coffee and conversation, and warm waves as you pass by in busier days.

I’ve never been in a more passionate place and you feel it from the land as much as the people. People are doing what they want and dream, but there are still the same competitions. At home, the status is material wealth, in ubud… Health or spirituality.

Slowly sinking in to life here, “six weeks in Bali”, I’m laughed at by friends.

“I came for four weeks, four years ago”, stepping out of a sauna, refilling on tea, and sitting down by the camp fire next to the rice paddies that dance with fireflies, they smile.