Comfort

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

It’s been so strange being in a place that is so peaceful and with no worries when there is so much going on in the States. I’ve been so sad to see the updates on the fires and the hurricanes – everyone affected is in my thoughts.

The past few days have been full of so much comfort. The longer I am in Amed, the more and more I grow to love it and the people within it. So many reasons why…


The Balinese version of the Ice Cream Man is the Bakso Soup Man. Every day, you’ll see a scooter with this large contraption on the back…people flock to him. Instead of ice cream, he serves meatball soup. It’s as comforting as pho or chicken noodle soup. These are folks from my neighborhood – the woman in the middle, Wayan, is my favorite masseuse. Every time I try to pay her more than 50,000 rupiah (not even $4), she refuses to take the extra money. And her massages are soooo relaxing. Delicious bakso soup followed by a massage. Yes please…

Speaking of comfort food, Stacey knew I was missing eggs benedict from home. Thank you, Stacey, for making such a wonderful eggs benny. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

After breakfast, we sat with Sri and Mila and went over Indonesian words with DIY flash cards.

Flower = Bunga
Rain = Hujan
Mountain = Gunung
Dog = Anjing
House = Rumah


The other day I was at Apa Kabar and I heard a woman talking to her son and I immediately asked her, “WHERE ARE YOU FROM?!” I could tell she was from America and since there are hardly any Americans in Amed, my ears perked up. Vanessa and her family are from California, but a few years ago, they picked up their lives and moved to Singapore. It was such a treat to get to know them and later on join them for dinner. It was a very happy, comforting night.

If you know me, you know I love coffee. I especially love spending my time at coffee shops to write. I’ve tried a couple places here that claim they have good coffee…but they always made me miss my coffee shops in Seattle. Today, I finally tried Utani Coffee and I’ve decided it will be my go-to spot. Maaaaaaaybe better coffee than Seattle (did I just say that?!). I tried their Mocha Float and OH MY GOSH it was so good! A mocha with a scoop of vanilla ice cream in it. Drooling…

I got to talking to the owner, Pande, who happens to be Golo’s cousin, and I was mentioning that I need to find a place with a good burger. The burgers here have “meat” that don’t really pass as meat to me. He said that he has a burger on his menu…and the beef comes from Texas. YES! Coffee and a cheeseburger. Does it get any better??

As I talked with Golo about the States and how I have extended family leaving their home because it will be in the eye of the hurricane, he said I should pray and have a small ceremony at my room for Florida and everyone in the line of the storm. “Pray for no big water.”

So I did. I placed canang and dupa outside of my room and I prayed. I really do hope everyone is okay and somehow finds comfort wherever they are.

If you want to believe in magic – if you want to feel true peace and comfort – come to Amed.

Saya senang.

I am happy.

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