Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Moving to Bali

On our first trip to Asia, we spent some time in Hong Kong before continuing on to Bali

It was a cold and rainy night in February 2011.  We were in our Vancouver apartment eating dinner and were talking about how grey and cold the west coast can be and Christopher said, “Let’s go to Bali!”
At a young age, Kristofir was exposed to gamelan music had always wanted to visit “The Island of the Gods” and after he graduated from art school, one of his close friends, Monica, ended up moving to central Bali and built an ecohome.  We would get to see her… and also get to listen to gamelan.  Perfect.
We arrived in Bali in May 2011 and fell in love with the island.  The vibrant green of the rice fields, the music, the Hindu, animist culture that is unique to this part of Indonesia, and the friendliness and generosity of the Balinese people all made a wonderful impression on us.  This was our first trip to Asia, and we tried to approach this new land with an open mind and heart (which was difficult at times but is necessary in any unfamiliar environment).
We spent five weeks in Bali: touring the island, absorbing the culture, eating new kinds of fruits, and getting badly sunburned.  We left with heavy hearts and were determined to return in the near future.
Sabatu Holy water temple, about 20 minutes drive north of Ubud

When flew back to Vancouver, although the air is much cleaner, the city seemed colder.  The friendly smiles and warmth of the Balinese people is hard to find in Canada! We spent the summer talking about Bali and how much we loved it there and decided that because we love it so much, we should just move there.
We found a cheap one-way ticket to Denpasar on Taiwan’s EVA Air for $730 and booked it right away.  That was easy.  Over the next few months we had to sell and give away the contents of our entire apartment so that our material possessions could fit into four suitcases, storing keepsakes with our families.  We did that over a couple of months, advertising items on Craigslist and Kijiji – two popular websites in Canada on which you can advertise belongings you are selling. More of that experience in another post.  Although at times horrifying, purging our belongings was actually a very liberating experience.  Through this process, we found that we owned way, way, way too much stuff, and stuff is not important to us.
We left Canada in January 2012 and settled in Ubud, Bali, with a minimalist approach to life ever since.
This blog traces our experiences from that moment that we left for Bali, as well as earlier travels, philosophical thoughts, and of course, plenty of photos!  Welcome :) 

No comments:

Post a Comment

Contact Form


Email *

Message *