So not that long ago I went on a holiday I had only dreamed of and travelled across the world to Indonesia to stay on the Island of Bali.
I had always dreamed since being a kid of going to Indonesia but I never thought I would get there. I guess dreams do come true!
It was another world.
When I travel I like to embrace the culture and learn as much as I could about how other people live. I am privileged to live in the UK and I know a lot of people all around the world want to come here but I think it’s important to see how different people live.
So when we landed we were asking so many questions about how everyone lived and the culture. It wasn’t long before a lot of our questions were answered as we speed through the streets to our hotel we were taken aback by all the colour!
Everywhere you looked was a shrine or temple surrounded by bright cloth and flowers. The air was filled with the aroma of food from the street-venders and the statues were amazing.
We were so taken aback about how welcoming everyone was and how kind and well mannered they were. We were lucky to have a hotel close to the beach so as soon as we unpacked that was our next stop.
We walked down the street just taking everything in. It was like the city was full of life there was so much going on. When we made it to the sea we were amazed it was like a tropical paradise the perfect getaway.
After a day of exploring and struggling in the heat we hired a driver and went exploring up to the rainforest. Never in my life did I think I would ride an elephant and stroke and feed a Bengal tiger. It was trip of wonders and once the day had finished we were in awe of what had happened.
The next few days were spent exploring the city where we were staying and getting to know more about the culture. We spoke to a monk at one of the temples and had a look around the local markets and shops.
I was so shocked at how much life was celebrated they valued everything they had and protected the nature and world around them. It was such a comparison to the western culture, which seems to forget these lessons. The more we learnt the more we realised that maybe in the west we have it a little bit backwards.
We had another chance to explore the rainforest where we saw how much different they lived we saw the rice fields and temples and drove through towns.
The air was full of chatter and laughter and everyone was so kind and gentle.
We met so many amazing people and we were so grateful for everything that we got to experience.
One thing that I realised was that the longer you think about something the more likely you are going to talk yourself out of it. Embrace it in the moment and let it lead you where ever.