Trading rice fields for the sea

As much as I love Ubud’s lush landscape and big green rice fields, I’m really missing the sea.

Not to mention a tan…

So I booked a trip to Gili Islands. I leave tomorrow morning at 7 a.m, with a minibus to Padang Bai and from there I take Gili Cat fast boat. I haven’t booked a place to stay yet but I hear there are lots of nice bungalows and B&B, although somewhat pricy.

The idea came a little sudden and actually, I still have unused classes left at the Yoga Barn, but my plan now is to come back to Ubud, for at least a day or two, before I leave Bali.

And actually, that saves me a lot of trouble because I’ve bought a few things that I need to send home and one is a painting which I really don’t want to drag around on Gili.

The painting is a birthday gift to myself. It’s a beautiful portrait of Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of education and learning. Saraswati means ‘she who has flow’ and in her four arms she hold symbols of music, poetry, eternal learning and universal wisdom. The painter wrote ‘happy bird-day’ on the wrapping. How cute is that?! 🙂

The place I have been staying for a week, a family run homestay, has promised to take care of this for me, until I return and I know I can trust them.

I will miss waking up to the sounds of birds in the garden and having breakfast at my porch with Boo, the dog at my side.

But I hear the sounds of the ocean calling…