Bali – Part One

November 2014

I have written and re-written these paragraphs several times trying to find the right words to describe an experience that was beyond words. I took so many pictures that I’ve had to split them over several different posts, I’m not going to have time to finish editing all of them for a while, but I am desperate to share something from these incredible ten days.

One afternoon in early spring this year I came across a call-out via social media looking for young creatives to share a villa in Bali. At that point I hadn’t been outside of the UK in a long while because of commitments at home and so when I saw this opportunity I felt butterflies and a compulsion to find out more (even though, I’m embarrassed to admit, I wasn’t entirely sure where Bali was…). Somehow the stars aligned and I ended up flying from Edinburgh to Doha, Qatar, and then on to Denpasar in Bali on Halloween, 31st October 2014.

The first thing that hit me, after the warm, sweet-scented air was the sounds – I arrived late in the evening and the rice paddies surrounding our villa were alive with the chirping of crickets and frogs. I was welcomed by the sweetest group of people and spent some time chatting with them before collapsing into bed with exhaustion from the twenty four hour journey.

The ten days that followed fell into a comfortable rhythm that made it feel like we had been there forever. The people who began as strangers felt like old friends, we ate together, adventured together and laughed together. We spent a lot of time taking photographs, and it was so amazing to be amidst so much creative energy and positivity – everyone was so supportive of each others work and was always happy to offer tips and advice.

We visited a forest full of monkeys, where the monkeys would try to climb on you and steal anything that wasn’t securely attached. We helped take care of a family of kittens who were living in the villa, and we all got so attached and were heartbroken when one of the babies went missing. We rented scooters for the time we were there so that we could be free to go wherever the wind took us, and we drove through the rice paddies at sunset, taking in the incredible beauty that was all around.

I’ll leave you with the images I took on my first few days there, I think they tell the story better than my words can.

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  • Dad

    Love it. So pleased you’re a dromomaniac. Such a wonderful affliction. It’s hereditary you know.

  • Gracie

    Stunning photography. Really enjoyed looking through these… looks like one of those trips that changes you just a little bit, right where it matters. So happy for you. Your photography is sensational.

  • Aunty C

    Delighted that you had a great time, and it does sound as if it’s been life changing. Would love to see some photos of you as well though. Your Gran would have loved to have seen these photos and to hear all about your adventures – I’m sure she was with you in spirit.

  • Lydia

    It makes me happy to hear that more and more people fall in love with Ubud x

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