After another exhausting day of traveling in Southeast Asia, Tre, Katie, Sarah and I finally landed in Bali and anxiously exited the airport arrivals terminal. Just as we started to think “is this where we’re supposed to meet them?” two more of our best friends that we hadn’t seen in 6 months jumped out from behind a group of innocent bystanders and practically tackled us. It was Ben and Greer, who had arrived in Ubud a few hours earlier having travelled 2 days straight from NYC. A big concern of ours when we decided to take a year off was Christmas and New Year’s. What would we do and where would we be for the holidays that we are so accustomed to spending with our friends and families? We didn’t have to stress out very long before 6 of our favorite people in the world told us that they were going to meet us in Bali and they wanted to be there for the holidays!
Our group was almost complete now and we were in Bali, Indonesia! As usual, we had arrived late and we were all starving. Luckily our friend Ben had lived in Bali for almost a year and had us hooked up with an amazing place to stay. After dinner and a few drinks, it started to settle in that we were all together again, and it felt great. We immediately rented scooters to aid in our exploration of the city. Compared to everywhere else we’d been in Southeast Asia, Ubud was by far the most westernized that we’d seen. They even have a Starbucks! Ubud is a fascinating contrast of Hindu tradition, master craftsman, and the influence of Expats from all over the world. We spent a couple days exploring rice paddies, eating traditional Balinese food, and shopping the various markets.