Yesterday I moved hotels and made the trek from Kuta to Ubud! I had a shuttle picking me up and it ended up only being myself and the driver the whole way! I sat in the front and we chatted for most of the drive. He talked about Bali, where he was from and gave me lots of helpful hints and all the different foods I should try! So far all of the locals have been beyond friendly to me so that has been really nice! Also, the driving here is NUTS!! Not only do they drive on the opposite side of the road from us, but the steering wheel is also opposite. All of the scooters weave in and out of the traffic and when you come to intersections, instead of there being traffic lights people just put their four ways on and inch out and hope to get through 😳 Jess and I talked about renting a car for a day to do some exploring but there’s no way we would survive driving in this haha!!
The hotel I am staying at right now is right off the main road, however you would never know it. It feels like I’m in the jungle! There is trees everywhere and because I’m close to the monkey forest, the monkeys actually come and hang out around the hotel. When I was checking into my room, the lady informed me not to leave anything on the balcony as the monkeys like to steal things!! I ended up doing close to 2 hours of yoga on my balcony outside and didn’t spot one monkey so I thought hmm.. maybe it’s not actually that common. I soon realized that I was wrong when I was reading by the pool and looked up and about 10 monkeys, all different sizes were running long the outskirts. Two of them were chasing each other and were jumping over my head in the trees – it kind of made me nervous!! (For those of you who follow me on Instagram, I have a highlight story on my profile and I posted a video of them playing above my head!!). Since then, I’ve had regular visitors on my balcony and not gonna lie I’m a bit nervous to open the glass doors now 😳
My pool time ended quickly as it started to downpour rain (and I mean downpour) so I spent a few hours in my room finishing up the last required reading for my training! The time change is still messing with me so I was quite tired and thought about eating a cliff bar and calling it a night (hehe) but I’m glad I didn’t. I decided to take a walk down to a restaurant called the Three Monkeys and it did not disappoint! I ordered my first beer (it was heavenly) and I got some bruschetta and spring rolls. Everything was Devine!
This morning I was woken up just before 6 by all the wildlife. There’s a rooster somewhere that’s still going crazy! My hotel comes with a free breakfast this morning so I’m looking forward to that! You eat right outside (I just hope the monkeys don’t steal my food hehe). After that, I hope to do a bit of exploring today. It’s pretty cloudy out there so I hope the rain holds off! Tonight is my last night here and tomorrow I head to Padangbai and settle in at the Bloo Lagoon where I’ll be until March 29th!
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous for my training to start. As excited as I am (believe me I’m excited), I sometimes have a hard time fearing the unknown. I know it’s going to be perfect when I get there and get settled and honestly, Yoga for a whole MONTH!? Can it get any better than that?? I don’t think so.
To give you all an idea of how my days are going to be, I thought I would share my daily schedule!
7:00-8:30 AM – morning yoga practice and meditation
8:30-10:00 AM – breakfast
10:00-11:30 AM – morning session #1
11:30-1:00 PM – morning session #2
1:00-3:00 PM – lunch time
3:00-6:00 PM – afternoon session
6:00-8:00 PM – dinner
8:00-10:00 PM – Evening session
So this pretty much sums up my next month. I’m pretty sure we get one day off every 7 days. When I initially told people I was going to Bali for a month to do my yoga training I think some people pictured a vacation in paradise! Although I am most definitely in paradise, these next few weeks will not be a vacation. That being said, my days however will be filled with all the things I love (Yoga) but there will be lots of learning and studying involved too!
Again, thank you to everyone who has sent me well wishes and kind messages over the last few days! They are much appreciated!!
Love to you all!