Balian is a tiny seaside village on the Western side of Bali which is mainly frequented by surfers, yogis and locals (some of whom are also sufers and yogis!). There are no Bintang bars as one would find in Kuta, or overpriced boutiques that you might find in Seminyak. You will however find miles of quiet black sand beaches, coconut groves and rice paddies. It is beautiful and it is quiet, and perhaps it isn’t for everyone but it is certainly for me!
Paula and Grant may live in the UK, but their hearts remain in Africa. Like most people who are born here, they will always appreciate the wide open spaces, the feeling of sun on skin and the pristine beauty that this continent has to offer. Over the years they have had many adventures in Africa together most notibly a five month overland trip down West Africa to South Africa for the 2010 Soccer world cup. These two have experienced and done a lot together, but their love for African travel is equally matched by their love for their family and friends.
It is therefore not surprising that they decided to haul their favorite folk off to the bush to get married under the African sky. They chose Thanda Private Game Reserve in Northern Natal to do just that.
I don’t think I have ever been to a country where aesthetic beauty is valued quite as much as it is in Bali.
It is a personal heaven for me, a place where people put flowers behind the ears of sculptures and doors are artworks! This whole blogpost is dedicated to the Balinese Door. They are so exquisitely beautiful that I just had to take pictures of them!
She glanced at me and said “Isn’t it magic?” I asked her what she meant, and she answered, “Isn’t it magic that the Gods remind us how beautiful this island is every night when the sun goes to sleep.”
What a gift it is to be able to look to the cycles of nature and be brought into the present and into a state of gratitude. Bali continues to offer me offerings of insight every day!
Here are some images from my time in Nusa Lembongan island off Bali. It most certainly is a magical little patch of beauty at any time of day or night!
I found myself in a very introspective space while in the Gili Islands – it’s the type of place where one can spend days scribbling away in a diary or reading a book. That being said we never went to the party island, Gili Trawangan as we all wanted some peace and quiet and therefore stayed on Gili Air and Gili Meno. My days were spent swimming with the fish (and a few turtles), thinking about life, basking in the sun with my other two muskateers and photographing horses.