It is difficult to sum up our time in Bali; it has certainly been a time of huge adventure and enjoyment, but it has also posed us some of our biggest challenges and difficulties of the trip so far. I am really proud of us that we managed to keep going during our first week or two here; we were both feeling ill, miserable and run down and, to be perfectly honest, at times we really didn’t like being here
. However we stuck with it and came out the other side and I am so glad that we did. For myself, Bali has been a place of huge personal growth and development and I don’t feel like I am leaving the same person as I arrived. By facing our difficulties together I think that we have also become even closer as a couple and as friends, sometimes we just sit around for hours chatting away quite merrily to one another. While we have been in Bali we have learnt more than I can ever express, about religion, culture, different lifestyles, history, music, language dance, geography… I don’t think my brain has ever been as full of knowledge as it is at the moment! But most importantly we have been given the chance to see and experience firsthand how other people live their lives here. It isn’t good enough for me to tell you that Balinese people are a very spiritual people, that doesn’t even scratch the surface of how deep their spiritualty lies. But Tom and I have seen it firsthand, we have an understanding of how every word, every movement, every action is tied up with their Hindu beliefs, and we have a very deep admiration for their devotion. Our trip to Java to see Borobudur was a huge achievement for us; planning it on a whim and them making it happen to seamlessly, was proof to us that we really can do this whole traveling malarkey. We are starting to believe in ourselves a lot more and we are proud to now call ourselves 'proper’ travelers. Every day we try to remind ourselves to see the world with open eyes and an open heart; we did not come all this way to judge each place depending on our own standards, we came on this trip to simply experience the world. In Bali we have started to realize that on this adventure there is no such thing as good or bad, there is only experience. At the moment we feel like children who have to re-learn everything that we thought we ever knew about the world… it can be a scary prospect, but one which we are learning to love. Suksma Bali, thank you.
Today is our final day in Bali; we fly back to Singapore tomorrow for one night before we move on to our next destination of Malaysia. After our visit to Borobudur and Pramabanan we spent the next day or two in Yogyakarta relaxing and eating some amazing food, including a grilled buttery bread-loaf thingy which was full of melted chocolate and condensed milk, it was amazing but we couldn't move after eating it. Then we departed on our bus and made the crossing back to Bali without incident.