Monday, August 28th, 2017

In June of 2015, I was in Denver and while Lauren went to her maternity yoga class, I went to the Farmer’s Market. I took “The Alchemist” along with me and picked a restaurant with a table outside so I could watch all the happenings in the Market. I remember being nervous to go to brunch all alone. What would people think? What am I supposed to do with myself?

Turns out, the book, the meal, and the experience were all awesome.

Two years later and I’m eating brunch while reading one of my favorite books and watching the happenings on the beach.

I’ve been getting more and more comfortable on my scooter on these roads…or rather, the road. There’s only one road through Amed and I’ve been zipping back and forth on it – getting used to the feel and the language of the road on my “commuter scooter.”

I’ve been thinking about the word language a lot lately. I’m in a place where I’m not only trying to learn a new spoken language, but there are unspoken languages I’m slowly learning as well. Diving, riding, bartering, body language, rupiah and of course, Balinese.

With diving, I was sent back in time to my science classes, refreshing my memory on volume, density, and buoyancy. I was never very good with math and science, which is why I was studying that manual like crazy before my test. It’s all very simple, but it didn’t come naturally to me. Now being under the water, that came naturally. I felt like I was making eye contact with all the fish that I crossed paths with. Sometimes, I’d slow down and just enjoy the feeling of floating. Mind and body.

There seems to be a lot of floating here, in and out of the water.

My Lazy Sunday was one for the books. It started out with this sunrise. As the waves were crashing, I was paying attention to the sound. Ocean waves and birds. In Seattle, my apartment was directly across the street from I-5. I got used to the sound of the traffic and constant car horns. To make it better in my head, I’d pretend the sound was of ocean waves. I am so happy I don’t have to pretend anymore.

This sunrise set the tone for a very calm and relaxing Sunday. No wonder every single day here is so calm and relaxing…

For Sunday dinner, Paul, Stacy and Villa Candi’s staff made an incredible chicken dinner. I still can’t get over how amazing it is to eat such delicious food with the Balinese Sea right in front of me. Pinch me, please…

This morning, I went on a little longer scooter ride and on the way back, I came across what they call “The Stairway to Heaven.”

It’s confirmed. Heaven.


  1. Hello my Dear Mo…
    I’m so proud of you for taking this next big step on your life. I love reading your post and enjoying the ride with you even though we’re not there in the physical sense. Can’t wait for tomorrow’s adventure and everyday beyond.
    Luv Ya


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