Today I am so excited to share a guest post from my brother Chris who just returned from a 3-week
trip to Bali, Indonesia.
It sounds like Chris' trip hit the reset button for him like my trip to Mexico did for me. Nothing like traveling to a whole different side of the world to be reminded of what is most important.
And, after reading this, there are three things that I all of a sudden want and need.
1. I need to go to Indonesia.
2. I need to go to Indonesia with my brother.
3. I need to ride to the beach on a scooter with my surfboard on a surfboard rack. It's going on the bucket list.
Speaking of surfing, reading about this trip did not help with my hankering to get back on a surfboard. If anyone wants to sponsor me with a long board and wetsuit, you just say the word.
Read on for my brother's awesome description of his trip.
This year, a few things came together that brought me back, the main catalyst being that my good friend Will has been living in Bali for about 8 months. He is as close to a brother as I could have, a truly inspirational person, and even though he lives in New York he is one of those friends where distance doesn't diminish the bond. Returning to Indonesia 13 years later was akin to reconnecting with an old dear friend, figuratively and literally.
Riding through Ubud on motorbikes is a splendid exercise in sensory overload. There are beautiful rice fields of the richest green mixed between open air restaurants, stone temples, grass-thatched dwellings; incense is burning everywhere, and the traffic is as comical as it is dangerous. I was usually following Will who was always at full throttle with his turn signal on, passing cars and dodging stray dogs every 100 feet as we maneuvered through streets, down alleyways, over paths. And in Indonesia you drive in the left lane. There is no way to ease in to it, you just have to jump in there and adapt, and it could not have been more fun. Getting into the more rural areas was my favorite; kids were always running out to shout hello or give us a high-five as we drove by. The openness and warmth of the people in Indonesia is truly inspiring.
|On the way to have dinner with the King of Ubud and about 50 other guests, traditional Balinese dress required.|
Love you, Christopher. When do we go???