Today we launch a new post where we will feature a short piece by a fellow lover of books and travels. Tuesday’s travels has come up as we are often asked to feature or talk about certain books and places and so we thought why not learn about your opinions and your experiences? The more the merrier! We haven’t been everywhere although it is not through lack of trying. So, we welcome today Sharifah who loves to travel, read and write about it! Here she talks about travelling to Bali having read this –
Elizabeth Gilbert’s book ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ fired up the travel monster in me with her vivid and colourful stories of her soul searching journey through Bali, India and Italy. Italy was out of my budget, India a bit too chaotic for me but I was sold on her idea of Bali as the calm, peaceful and serene paradise. Of course, being a huge beach lover, seeing the beautiful pictures of Bali beaches only served to reinforce my determination to set off on this journey.
However, far from being a relaxing holiday, it was actually my most tiring trip of which I got to spend only 3 hours by the beach out of my entire 4 days there. Acting on impulse, my group had signed up to do river rafting, snorkelling, cycling down the mountain, shopping and exploring the village of Kuta where we were staying.
While Elizabeth found love and serenity among the people and villages, Bali was a place for me to test my fears and my boundaries. Despite my lack of confidence, I survived a 3 hour cycling trip down Mt Kintamani to Ubud. I felt emotionally and physically drained at the end of the session but I was able to appreciate pushing myself in this way much later.
It was also in Bali that I had a mishap during my rafting adventure and almost drowned. This will certainly be one memory that will be hard to forget.
Being in Kuta itself, I cannot help but feel the commercialisation of the area with the booming tourism trade. Just by travelling away from these areas though, I am reassured to feel the heart and soul of Bali and I believe this was what Elizabeth had tried to put through in her book.
I know for sure that I will be back, for my time there was certainly too short to fully enjoy Bali. This time though, I’ll definitely make sure I make time to be a beach bum to make up for missing out on it previously. Perhaps then, I will have time to hunt down Ketut, the medicine man, in search of my own life direction, just as Elizabeth had done.
Thanks to Sharifah Nur from http://lifetomyfullest.com/
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