Wow! Today was a busy day. We started with a lovely breakfast looking out into the Balinese landscape, filled with trees and rice paddies. After breakfast we went to a school. There weren’t many kids there but the ones who were there taught us new Gamelan songs, dance and how to make offerings. It was such a magical experience. It was yet another reminder of just how welcoming the Balinese are. They always want you to jump right in and participate with them.

Once we got back to the hotel, we had lunch and then went on a hike to a beautiful temple. It was about a two hour hike in the mountains. We walked through a few little villages, where everyone said halo to us and waived. Toward the end of the hike we had to climb up a lot, and I mean A LOT, of stairs to get to the actual temple. We all got to the top and were exhausted (I got a little too out of breath and had some trouble but everything is A-okay now). We ended up taking a truck back to the hotel since we were so tired.

As our time here is coming to an end, I am realizing just how incredibly lucky I am and how grateful I am to have been offered this opportunity. I am sad that we have to leave Bali soon, but I miss home too. I miss New Mexican food so much! Being here in Bali has truly changed my outlook on the world and made me more appreciative of everything around me. I never knew I would have learned so much and created such great friendships here but I’m so glad that I did. I hope all is well back in the Fe,

Playing Gamelon & dancing with our new friends




Invited into making offerings




Time with Bebe (Auntie) Putuh 


and our friend Ayu (far right) and Ayu’s cousins


Views from our walk to the temple, and from the top

Post-mud soccer exhausted happinessDSC_0326

2 Comments on “WHAT A DAY?!

  1. Halo All!
    Wow! What Amazing Pictures, blogs, posts and words… I thank you all for sharing your experience, I am so excited for your all to return but at the same time also feel sad this is coming to a close. But I know that you will all have this experience and connection to hold in your hearts and share with others that have had similar experience(s). You are surrounded by sincere beauty, openness, family and love. Always carry this with you, especially when you get back to states as it is much needed here, as you soon feel and see. We miss you all bunches but want the rest of the journey to keep on being memorable, so enjoy every moment, person and experience!

  2. Wow!! I love the pictures. Such beautiful people living in a beautiful place. I would love to spend time in a hotel with that scenery. Enjoy while you can!!

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