Category Archives: Indonesia

Courtyard Bali Nusa Dua – A Bali Beach Escape

Courtyard Bali Nusa Dua

I have been known to be the Goldilocks of the beaches, and in Bali this was certainly the case. I am not a surfer, or even a strong swimmer, so the hard core, strong wave beaches on the southwest of Bali just don’t do it for me. I am all about lounging around in the water, bobbing along like an apple on Halloween. And, it took us over one and a half years until we found me the perfect Bali beach escape, at the Courtyard Bali Nusa Dua.

The Last 5 Things I Have Learned Living in Bali

Living in Bali

I just woke to my final day in Ubud.  I am so ready to leave.  I am thoroughly done with living in Bali, Indonesia. We arrived in Ubud in March of 2013, which seems like almost a lifetime ago.  We had been here once before and were skeptical, but open-minded, about whether we fit in.  […]

Courtyard Bali Seminyak – A Perfectly Fun Escape

Courtyard Bali Seminyak

Once the rainy season set in, causing not so fun dark grey clouds to emerge over Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, most days, I knew we needed a break.  Generally, the beach is a little more sunny and warm, so what better way to escape the rain, and escape Ubud, than to head to the Courtyard Bali […]

Young Boy Celebrates Nyepi in Bali – Photo Essay

Nyepi in Bali

In the weeks leading up to Nyepi in Bali, Indonesia, the boys of Bali start preparing for the ogoh ogoh processions, building elaborate monsters to scare away the demons. There was one boy in particular who I became a little infatuated with.  He lives in our village, although I am not sure whose he is. […]

Feeling Cabin Fever – Living in Bali

Living in Bali

I am feeling some cabin fever, in Ubud, Indonesia, entirely of my own doing.   There are different types of cabin fever.  I remember the weekends when it would snow in Chicago.  We would watch it pile up outside of our basement windows from the comfort of our leather sofa, me generally under a fleece […]

The Boys of Nyepi in Bali – a Photo Essay

Nyepi Bali

I rarely take photos around town.  It is not like I am a tourist, snapping shots to commemorate a trip.  I often think about bringing my camera out with me, to drive around the villages for a day taking photos.  But, then, my regular schedule kicks in, and I just live my life as an […]