Balian beach is a place to come and unwind. A compound of laid back warung, guest houses and black sand beach at the end of quiet road. Teeming with creatures of all sizes from the tiny mosquito to the largest lizards we’ve seen yet (no Komodo dragon, but the girls and I spotted a lizard at least a few feet long swimming in the river today — makes Kadek’s laugh when I asked if he took his 5 year old daughter to swim in the river make a bit more sense to me). Everything here is at once dramatic (sunsets, waves, thunderstorms, creatures — see photo below) and super chill. It’s unlike any place we’ve been yet.
Highlights of the week include yoga/meditation at Shankari’s, endless beach walks, sunset Bintang in the rain/dance party on black sand, Balinese dance class with the girls (they were shy, we watched), partaking in a real Bali birthday party (the Balinese put us to shame singing happy birthday! So much joy in these people), night market and Babi Guling (suckling pig), kids spending hours catching crabs at Medewi beach, teaching girls to play solitaire. Feeling very grateful for the opportunity to “check out” here in Balian. Funny because both Andy and I have spent considerable time heads down planning the next two phases of the trip. Somehow, some way, at the end of the day it still feels like I have been able to slow down time. It all feels *right* here in Balian.
Photo highlight reel:
Girls sourcing native food at Balian night market. Favorites include ayam satay and the divine “green pancake”
Happy in Balian
Where rice paddies meet the beach
A Bali birthday
The quiet road
Crab hunting at Medewi.
Pit stop. Babi Guling.
Yes, that is a caged bat. We visited it almost every day.
Bali Kopi, extra grit
WTF! quit staring at me.
New friends (the birthday boy with the cards the girls made him)