Getting Acquainted with Bali
by guest writer Mercy Buck
Got here last night after a really long travel day or two, had a wonderful light stretching class and dinner that is now a blur from exhaustion. It is beautiful here, reminds me a lot of Kauai, HI. I woke up refreshed and excited for our adventure! We met in the Shaka @ 8am sharp had a wonderful vinyasa practice that made me sweat out all the travel toxins.
The next morning we met for breakfast. The staff here is very kind and patient with us. There are a lot of us that have special food needs that I’m sure are foreign to them. They help us learn to say “suksima” in Indonesian which means thank you. Breakfast was a nice spread of fresh fruits picked from the trees that surround us including bananas, coconut water, mangosteens, snakefruit and porridge with peanut sauce on top.
Bali coffee super yummy and is less acidic than the Starbucks coffee Americans are used to.
After breakfast we met in the shala and had class. We learned the first few fundamentals of creating a vinyasa class as well as what happens to the muscles in certain asanas and why. I think we are all getting a little more comfortable with each other to be able to share our experiences and perceptions.
After class another delicious lunch of tuna with beans and a chocolate mousse with mangoes and coconut that was a hit with all of the girls. After lunch we got dressed and went into the town to Uluwatu temple at sunset on the southern tip of Bali. We all looked so at home in our temple garb until we saw how aggressive the little monkeys are! One of the monkeys tried to take Kelly’s glasses and left a perfect hand print on her back.
We enjoyed ourselves taking pictures and what not but we all were on guard for the pickpocketing monkeys! We continued on our journey to grab dinner on the waters of Jimbaran Bay at Langsam’s, a seafood restaurant on the beach where you get to pick out your own fresh seafood and sit on the beach to enjoy. We had a band come and serenade us with Van Morrison’s “Brown-Eyed Girl” and Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” which got everyone singing along and smiling. After a long beautiful day we got in the vans for a long ride back to the terrace. I was thankful for the experiences new and old that happened throughout the day.