Good Morning Bali.
Ordinarily we have to do quite a bit of traveling to get to our destinations. You’d think that living in Asia would give us some sort of major advantage in that area, but it really doesn’t. Let’s face it – we travel on a budget, so we can’t take the expensive direct flights, and we don’t get to be snobby about which airlines we take. When we want to go somewhere we try to find a decently priced ticket that doesn’t have us taking a ridiculous flight path, and we book it! Flights to Bali are never really cheap from Northern China. In fact, until this vacation we hadn’t been to Bali yet because it was always quite a pricey journey. In the end, our flights to Bali were not too badly priced, but of course, they were not direct. That being said, our journey to Bali was still relatively easy if we ignore the fact that Elijah was not co-operating.
We arrived when everything was still pitch dark (I think it might have been about 3am) and after a quick shower we collapsed into bed. Since we didn’t officially check-in we sort of misses the initial “welcoming”. To me, it felt like we just woke up “at home”. It is hard for me to describe how I felt in those first few days because I’m sure that you’ll laugh and think, “Sure, that would feel like my home too”. It wasn’t that I felt at home because we woke up to beautiful sights, it was a peaceful feeling inside me that I can’t quite put into words. In those first few days, it literally felt like something inside me changed. I was so happy.
There was a complimentary breakfast served in the restaurant area every morning. It was simple, but really it was all that we needed. Scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, pancakes, and sometimes even freshly baked buns (if we made it out of our room early enough). Our room was a few feet away from the restaurant area, and only four feet from the swimming pool so we felt like we had everything we wanted right at our fingertips. There were plenty of roomy couches and spots to sit and enjoy breakfast.
What we loved most about Bali, and our villa, was that everything was so laid-back. There was always relaxing music playing, and the coffee was free… so, what can I say? We basically felt like we were in heaven. On that first morning in Bali, after drinking a cup of unforgettably strong Bali coffee, I walked around taking a few pictures of this beautiful location. I will admit that it didn’t end there. Almost everyday I walked around snapping more and more pictures. The owner of these villas has an incredible eye – every piece of of furniture and art fit in perfectly with the next, and yet each of them were so completely different. It really was a feast for my eyes!
After a morning stroll around the villa gardens, we sat down for breakfast (and more coffee). I could barely wipe the smile off my face. Everything green, the air clean, vibrant shades of pink and red flowers, the music perfectly suited, smiling faces, sitting with my husband and son — my soul was happy! We had procrastinated for sometime about whether or not we should go on vacation this winter, but from that very first morning it was clear that we had made the right choice. This is just what we had been needing!