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My First Time Abroad

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I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

This past June I finally found myself outside of the United States! It was something I never thought I’d actually be able to do in my lifetime, for some reason, but it actually happened! I mean, LITERALLY on the other side of the planet. There aren’t enough words in the simple english language to recount all the times I was left speechless...in awe of my surroundings and the people occupying them. The experience of immersing myself in a new place, new culture, new language...was beautiful. Many things come flooding to mind when I think about the highlights of my trip, but I only plan to share a few.

First off, the FOOD. If you know me, you know my love for food runs deep. There were an abundance of fresh food eateries and cafes all around Canggu and Ubud, where we spent the bulk of our time. We sampled the local fare from a couple warungs, and also found ourselves in some really epic restaurants serving anything from paleo to vegan food and everything in between. We were constantly fueled by fresh pressed juices, tonics, herbal tea, fresh veggies, and the most beautiful eggs I’ve ever laid eyes on! I was happy to find that there were several options for nutrient rich foods for the duration of our time spent in Bali.

Second, the monkeys!! There are these precious monkeys all around, but the majority of what I saw were temple dwelling monkeys and tons that lived on the side of an active volcano. If you find yourself surrounded by these little cuties, be sure to hang on to your belongings! They are sneaky and quick and drawn to eyeglasses, hats, jewelry, cell phones, etc. All of my things were stored securely so I was delighted to have them jump on my shoulder and hang out. They all had these cute little mohawks and super expressive faces. I was definitely on cuteness overload.

Obviously the sights were gorgeous. From rice fields, to sandy beaches, to beautiful volcanic mountains, Bali has some really spectacular views. One of my favorites was at the summit of Mount Batur. We started our trek up the mountain around 2:30am in pitch black darkness. (we had flashlights) The hike wasn’t bad at first, and certainly got a bit more strenuous as we got closer to the top. The stone path turned into ash and my thighs and glutes were BURNING. I was drenched in sweat once we got to the top..still dark. After about 30 minutes or so, the sun started peeking out over the horizon. As the sun rose, a friend of ours began playing beautiful acoustic music and singing songs with her angelic voice. Then all of a sudden - monkeys! Everywhere! It was such a beautiful moment, I could never put it out of my memory.

The people, the beaches, the temples, monkeys, food, parades, and some of the best (and cheapest) spa treatments I’ve ever had made my experience so unforgettable. So many lessons were learned along the way as I lost my passport, wallet, and almost my sanity. Taking the days as they came, pushing past resistance, exercising my communication skills and learning to speak up when something needs to be said. The experience and pure delightment that travel brought into my life in those three short weeks is something I will forever cherish. So get out there! See the world, have a new experience, and take in the beauty this majestic planet has to offer. Until the next adventure...

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