Fleeting Moments in Bali
Have you ever had one of those moments when you are standing in paradise, you are completely alone, and everything seems to make sense?
The 14 months I lived in Indonesia were incredible and to say a proper “until we meet again” (because I don’t believe in good-byes), I decided to take a solo trip across the island of Flores. To fly to Flores, you must connect from Bali — a difficult place to spend a day and night before a flight! Each time I went to Bali while living in Jakarta, I chose a different part of the island. Because I was catching an early morning flight, I decided to stay in Sanur, one of the older hotel areas that is supposedly 15 minutes from the airport, but with lots of construction at and around the airport it was more than 15 minutes.
A turtle rescue and hatching site:
Maybe it was the warm sea breeze, or the baby turtles or the fact that I’d outwitted Indonesian immigration, but as I stood on Sanur Beach I had one of those moments that I knew I was exactly where I was supposed to be. The year I worked as a journalist in Indonesia reaffirmed my desire to try and make it in a field that is undergoing extreme change and cutbacks. I was challenged, but more than anything, I enjoyed what I was doing. Or maybe it was just the sunshine and Bintang talking…
One thing I noticed while living in Indonesia was the prevalence of kites — from basic to intricate and beautiful ones that I spotted flying over the beach, they always made me smile.
The Sanur area had a relaxed vibe and the crowd seemed much older versus Kuta. The beachfront was crowded with high-end hotels including the Hyatt. It was always funny for me to be in these areas surrounded by tourists because as soon as I ordered food in Indonesian and conversation started up, I felt like I wasn’t being treated as much as a tourist anymore and sometimes staff would joke and complain with me about the tourists.
Before I knew it the moment(s) had passed and I was flying high above Bali in a tiny, tiny plane headed for one of the most beautiful places in the whole world…
Where to Stay: Segara Agung Hotel, Sanur, Bali. This hotel is on quiet side street about a 5 minute walk to the beach.