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 happiness