So first thing’s first, I’m a 29 year old Australian and until this month I had never been to Bali. That statement makes me feel like I’m standing up with a verbal confession in group therapy. I’m not sure why I never got there before now, maybe I felt compelled to travel further first – to the countries of my parents, and my grandparent’s heritage; from a feeling of responsibility. Maybe I just didn’t understand what all the fuss was about with all the reports of leather goods and sun-tans that washed off in the shower the day you got home?
Based on the fact that some of my friends have been there more than a dozen times each, and there’s now a major advertising campaign featuring a Ketuk character & a quintessentially Australian traveller ‘Rhonda’– it was quite timely for two of my close friends to have an overseas wedding in Uluwatu, Bali, last week.
I have to admit, stepping off the plane into the humid, smokey entry-area at Ngurah Rai Airport was a surreal and strange experience… Maybe it was fear of a surprise-baggage-contents-mishap (!), or perhaps it was fear of the unknown… but, as I arrived in Bali, I honestly felt further away from home than all my other travels around the world (and we were just a measly five-hour plane ride away!) – thank god for my two travel buddies Tez & Bec, who helped navigate the airport visa queuing and ‘express’ underground entry options!
I remember comparing this feeling ‘on entry’ to my feeling ‘on exit’ leaving the country 8 days later. I could laugh at my apprehension now – “oh that sheltered , unworldly Julie… she is a silly, naïve girl”. The fact is, Bali was made amazing, safe & incredible, purely by the beautiful Balinese people living within it. What a special, ever-smiling, welcoming culture of people!
I’d like to say a special thank you to Sandy & Joel, my friends who celebrated their love and made a commitment to one another in this amazing setting. I’m so appreciative of the opportunity to experience & discover so much of this amazing place that you both love so very much. Without this wedding I’m not sure I would have seen Bali any time soon – but now I understand what all the fuss is about!
Today, in this special post – I’m letting pictures do the talking; you’ll see we crammed quite a bit in to the eight-days… All or Nothing!
Kicking off with pictures from the wedding, because they are the most impressive of all! The wedding was held at Villa Latitude, atop the cliffs of Pandawa / Secret Beach on the southern coast of the Bukit Peninsula in Bali.
Chill-time The W Hotel, Seminyak
(This is a young girl in a bright yellow wedding dress!)
Finishing off with a few night’s stay at The Temple Lodge, a villa built within nature, magnificently perched atop the white cliffs of the Bukit peninsula on Bali’s southernmost tip.
Hope you enjoyed the adventure through Bali as much as I did!