Island in the Sun

November 25, 2018

Hi, everyone! I hate that it's taken me sooo long to get these Bali posts up but better late than never, right? Being away from work for almost two weeks mixed with the holiday rush left me crazy busy and I kinda just wanted to relax over Thanksgiving weekend so that's why this is going up so late, sorry!

I've been back from Bali for a couple weeks now and it's one of those things where I can't even believe I was there. I keep looking over photos and videos from that week and it feels so long ago but also I remember every minute of it like it was just yesterday? It's just a weird feeling. Everything was just so good that week and I miss it so much! Here's a little recap...

For the second part of our trip, we headed down south from Ubud to our airbnb in North Kuta which was this gorgeous little tree house not too far from the beach. It was very similar to our place in Ubud in that the showers were outside, no AC and all that but I was pretty used to it by then. I really loved this place but if I could go back, I'd pick a place in Canggu a lot closer to the beach since we spent most of our time there anyway!

I fell in love with Bali's laid back island vibes! I've always been more of a city girl but I could definitely get used to laying out on the beach with a drink in hand. It was a super relaxing couple of days with lots of cafe hopping and smoothie sipping. I know I mentioned this in my last Bali post but the food was just out of this world-- all local and delicious and ridiculously inexpensive. Some of my favorite foodie stops were Milk & Madu for the best pizza ever, The Loft for the best brunch ever and Cafe Organic for the best overall spot for all your food needs.

Canggu is way more touristy than Ubud and also a lot busier. We were just off Batu Bulong Beach and the mile or so leading to the shore was jam packed with gorgeous little cafes and boutiques which were so much fun to pop in and out of for a peek and some much needed AC. We met so many other travelers and it was so fun to hear where they were from and where their travels were taking them to. There were also so many cute families traveling with tiny babies and it kinda made me excited to have kiddos one day and take them with me!

Every trip I go on there's always this moment where everything kinda sinks in and I'm overtaken by complete happiness. I'm not sure what it is but it's like no matter how hard I try no words could ever equate to what I was feeling in that moment. It's those surreal, out-of-body type experiences and I truly cherish these moments. In Bali, I felt it the night we went out to a beach bar called Old Man's. Every blog and travel guide I read told me this was a can't miss spot and I'm so glad I listened because it really was the best night ever. We were having drinks on some patio seats when we felt a couple raindrops, which felt nice because it was so humid, but within a couple minutes those raindrops turned into a full on pour. We ran to the dance floor which was covered and within a minute became best friends with a girl and her friends who we ended up hanging out with for the whole night.. just normal things haha. It was also the night before my birthday so once the clock hit midnight it was all hugs and cheers and it felt super special ringing in my big 25. I rarely go to clubs or bars but really wanted to throw myself into everything on this trip and it was in the midst of dancing the night away in the tropical storm, having my Mamma Mia moment, that the reality of everything hit me. I was 10,000 miles away from home starting a new chapter in my life with one of my favorite friends surrounded by the most perfect strangers. Ya know, life is pretty great sometimes.

Another favorite moment, and a serious can't-miss, was getting a massage. I'd actually never gotten a proper massage before and I'm now obsessed. Again, every blog and guide recommended treating yourself and they were not wrong. We found the cutest little spa called Spring in Canggu and because they were fully booked for single rooms, Josh and I got stuck in a couple's massage which was hilarious because we are not a couple and we couldn't stop cracking up when it came time to getting undressed. It was okay though, it was the most relaxing hour of my life and it came with a whopping $9 price tag. Nine dollars. Nine. For pure bliss. I actually really regret not booking several throughout the week.

This week was perfect and Bali is now my favorite place I've ever traveled to. I had the time of my life and crossed off a place on my never-ending bucket list. Bali made it's way up to the top after reading Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert years ago and I can definitely say I've learned a thing or two about love after my time there. It may not be the conventional type of love, which I'm still trying to figure out, but I learned how to love myself and this crazy little journey called life. I know Bali will be a place I'll return to over the years, it was just too perfect to visit only once!

So that sums up my Bali mini series! Have you been to Bali or is it on your bucket list? I'm thinking of making an overall Bali guide complete with everything I learned and picked up about where to stay, what to do and what to pack so let me know if that's something you'd like to see!

Until next time,
Tatianna xx

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  1. Ah I fall more in love with Bali with every post I'm so sad they're over! Please do a Bali guide because this place is officially on my list and I've already hyped it up to some friends for a 2019 getaway! Gorgeous photos as always!

  2. Wow wow wow Tatianna!! These photos are insane!! SO beautiful! I love the vespas, they are adorable! I have never been to Bali but would lovee to go & experience it!

    -madi xo

  3. Hi Tatianna,
    Stunning pics! :) I think it is amazing that you stayed in a tree house Arbnb! :) Lucky:)

  4. I can totally relate to being a city girl, but also enjoying laying and relaxing at the beach with a drink. The pictures are beuatiful. Glad you enjoyed your trip.

  5. WOW! Bali looks absolutely amazing. I can totally feel that laid back vibe you're talking about through these photos. I can't wait to get to Bali one day (hopefully soon!).

  6. OMG! My husband and I were talking about visiting Bali a few months ago but ended up going to Thailand instead! Will certainly make it a must next time! Love your pictures!

  7. I just found your blog and I would like to say that it is a real inspiration! Keep up the good work!


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