Even before the plane took off, I knew I'd made the right decision to come to Bali! I was standing in the queue for the Air Asia flight and overheard an American woman mention that 1 million people passed through the Suria shopping centre at KLCC on the weekend - she added, "That's more than the population of Hawaii!". So, I was curious and asked her whether she lives in Hawaii (which she does) and whether she knows a friend of mine, Maria, who also lives there and and she does! It really is a small, small world after all!
Anyways, her name is Melina and she is Brazilian-Greek, she works as a professor at the University of Hawaii and also organises tour groups during her holidays! Currently, she is leading a group of 12 people to Ubud for the annual Spirit Festival which has many events including yoga and dance. I think I am blessed to have come here at this time!
Not only is the sun shining and the sky a beautiful blue colour, but the sight of the azure ocean and the smell of the sea breeze has also lifted my spirits tremendously! As I drove along in the taxi, I could see art and sculptures everywhere. Bali truly is a delight on the senses!
I'm staying in a place called Argasoka Bungalows. It's basic - to say the least - but at £12 a night, I can't complain. At least it's clean and central!
I think I have figured out why I didn't like Kuala Lumpur so much. It's not that it's dirty or noisy or too busy (because it's quite the opposite, really). I think it lacked "character" and aesthetics. There was very little that caught my eye, except for a few old, crumbling buildings and a couple of historic mosques (but even those were not particularly colourful and were dwarfed by the new-build skyscrapers clad in glass and steel. It's known as Psycho-Geography: the way that places and particularly urban environments make us feel.