If you’re a faithful reader here at A Little Adrift then you very well could think that I am still hunkered down in Guatemala practicing my Spanish…that’s not precisely true! I left Central America about a month ago to take place in a wedding and a travel blogging conference (not at the same time) but both in the US.
I still have stories from Central America to share, but now I’ll pile in some tales from the Indian wedding ceremony I attended in Northern California’s wine country and a two week pit stop in New York City to hob-nob with other bloggers and writers in the travel industry.
Being back in the United States has been rough for me though – not only a bit overwhelming choice-wise because I am finally eating something that doesn’t start and finish with rice and beans on my plate three times a day, but I’ve realized that this is simply not home anymore. At least not right now.
Coming back stateside I had planned to rest up for a few months back home; I was so traveled-out after more than 18 months of travel and I just wanted a home base. Then I would ponder my next move and expat myself somewhere in Asia.
Family and home circumstances have changed rather rapidly though and I actually had a really hard time adjusting to this new direction – which is to head to Bali within the next few weeks. I applaud myself privately in my own head for my ability to adapt to changes and abandon a set plan on the road…but put me back in the US and old patterns came back – I did not take this wrench in my carefully planned out US time very well at first.
But Bali has been in the back of my head for several months – I wrestled between moving to either Bangkok or Bali, and Bali won out for right now. I’m excited to get in some more diving, hiking volcanoes, and learning to surf (some more, because I surfed the white wash in Australia!) along with fresh fruit and to once again feel the warm welcome of the Hindu-Buddhist culture.
So that’s the plan! And in the crazy way of the Universe, the same college friend that I randomly ran into in Bangkok last year and ended up traveling with for six weeks – well she just told me she is also moving to Bali for a yoga teacher’s training course this fall.
I love it when everything seems to come together out of chaos. :-)