My friends and I road tripped up the east coast for the Byron Bay Bluesfest. The performances were epic and the vibe were incredible. There was lots of mud, lots of music and lots of crazy beautiful people doing inspiring things that make you remember what you love. My cheeks hurt from smiling too much. Enjoy the happy snaps from our play time :)
I’m not completely sure why it took me 4 months to get this series done and dusted but here it is, some of the final moments from my trip last year and I promise the last post with these old photos! I felt they deserved to be published because some of these places around inland bali and Nusa Lembongan are just ridiculous, these colours are real just to let you know. People travel to bali all the time. I’d even go as far to say it is a customary Australian experience but in my opinion so many of the best places in bali are overlooked because of the comparatively affordable prices of resorts and luxury spas. Sometimes you just have to dig a little deeper to gain an authentic experience of the place you are in as opposed to accepting what is offered at the surface level.
Yoga Barn was a huge thing for me and I would recommend a visit to everyone and anyone. I spent minimum 3 hours a day in their yoga classes of all varieties and chowing down on their delicious menu. It’s literally just too good. The teachers that gather there are so wise and inspirational. In particular I connected with my vinyasa teacher Marcus. He pushed me to levels in my practice I never thought I was able to reach. Like me, what? They say practice in the real world what you practice on the mat. The mental aspects of yoga are so applicable to our lives. Our perception of the world is shaped by our thoughts. Positive of negative. It is our choice to decide how we react to what life sends our way. It is not what happens to us rather how we deal with it.
Over the 5 weeks I spent there with a variety of wonderful friends there were wild times, terrible taxi cd’s that only featured Pitbull and an uncanny number of life changing experiences. Maybe it was the overwhelming yoga culture of Ubud or the friendly nature of Balinese people that restored my connection with other people and myself (3 weeks at the yoga barn also facilitated this development… a lot). That is not to say our time there was perfect. Not at all. The unfortunate reality of Indonesia is that it is such a beautiful part of the world only to be compromised by the pollution and exploitation of the people but thats for another time.
Regardless of these factors, the sense of community you feel in this place is undeniable. It is so special to see such united people, oriented by family and friends as well as to be included in that is invaluable. So there it is, a small recount of my experience. No it doesn’t encapsulate all I saw and learnt. From my experience there are so many things you just have to learn yourself and travelling can bring light to so many elements of your personality you didn’t even know existed. Always looking forward to the next escapade.
In my spare moments I often catch myself overlooking the hundreds of photos from my trip last year. Even though it seems so long ago I find so much joy in laughing at all the crazy times and ridiculous memories. Even more so I love gaining new appreciation for moments that I may have overlooked, I feel like these photos are some of them or even just pictures I never got around to posting… may have crushed my lap top which made it slightly off-putting. But here I am, potentially living in the past yet it keeps me strong in the present whilst enticing me for future travels. Confucius Says. The following photos were taken on Safari through Namibia and Botswana… sorry I feel as though my later Indonesia photos had to be grouped together in another collection, stay tuned.
Being home again threw me straight back into the motions in terms of work and upcoming university (happily taking on a degree in photography and international studies yeayeahaa ) thus I have diligently neglected this blog. However, the summer has been incredible filled with so many new experiences and adventures physically and emotionally. Being overseas allowed me to appreciate what I have here in Australia. A beautiful country and amazing people. True to the summer spirit we’ve been camping, hiking, road tripping, eating ridiculous amounts of mangoes hence. The fun continues.
This time has been a huge period of growth for me on many fronts which I hope to share down the line once I collect my thoughts. In the mean time, here are some images of the sunny days and beautiful people with whom I share this life. There is plenty more to come, surely things I have missed, so stay tuned folks.