Birthday in Bali
by guest blogger Jaimeleigh Christian
It’s not hard to guess that I woke up in the 7th of July in Bali for my birthday, doing what I love most-yoga, and happy to be in this place on my special day. After a very long day of yoga and lecture and more yoga and lecture, I finally put on a dress at 4pm I bought in Ubud several days prior and jumped in the van to Denpasar for the Bali Arts Festival. Loaded with make up and gorgeous friends, we found ourselves with a non English speaking driver, and a two hour drive.
What did we do? Studied Sanskrit!
We took pictures, we stayed together and split up on missions for prayer beads, Ganesha statues, shoes, and food. Oh the food! We ate crepes, rice, street food, and the legendary Balinese hot chili pepper corn! We figured the bellyaches tomorrow would be worth it. As I found myself stalking the joint with new friend Cristina. Native Balinese, thousands of them and virtually no tourists, we saw a stunning Balinese dance performance. Even with all the time to spare, friends to find, things and places to buy and shop at, her and I quickly fell quietly into a trance as we stood for what seemed like hours enjoying this amazing show.
When It was time to go, we headed to the car with time to spare again, but completely content with our moments out amongst the singing, dancing and music. We waited, taking pictures and enjoying the street food yet again including red rolls called bak pao. I gave thanks to God, for a great blessing on my birthday, the love of good friends and a break in Bali, and for the strength to stand strong against a vow to not consume alcohol for the entire course of this teachers training.
Thirty minutes into the drive home, I was asleep in the back across Cristina’s legs and was awakened to find we were getting out of the car with a flat tire.
What did we do you ask… We studied Sanskrit, on the side of the road while the tire got changed!
At last, an ending to a birthday that seemed very Jaimeleigh style!