By the time you’re reading this, I will be halfway around the world from my cozy Virginia home, maybe burning my delicate skin in the Bali sunshine. You read that right. I’m leaving tonight for a three week adventure with three of my best girlfriends to sunshine, books and detox time in Bali, Indonesia. Did I mention we’re not coming back until September 1? We haven’t even left yet and I’m already reeling.
Reeling from what, you might reasonably ask. And I don’t really have an answer. It’s not that I’m not excited, because I am always ready to travel to new places and experience new things. It’s not that I don’t adore the girls going with me (I do). My brain just keeps telling me one thing: You should be excited about this trip, it’s once in a lifetime, you’ll keep these memories for the rest of your life. Actually if I get Alzheimers, I won’t. I don’t even like the beach.
I keep thinking, all I want is to go to Berlin, I want to find a job and start my life. That’s not nonsensical, so I tell myself. Eh. It kind of is. I’m going on vacation to Southeast Asia for three weeks and I’m moping!? I’m complaining that I want to go back to Europe? What kind of bullshit is this? So I have five hours to get it together and get pumped to travel.
The first thing I actually am ready to start is reading again. Serious heavy and hardcore reading. I recently purchased Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, along with an embarrassingly large quantity of other books and that’s going to be fantastic. I may dislike the beach, but I do love sitting and reading (and that’s something that I can achieve in the shade under an umbrella or somehow out of the sun so I’m not medium-rare by the time I get back).
Second thing? Indonesian food is one of my favorite things on the planet, we’re taking cooking classes, and well: FOOD. You’ve read the recipe section of this blog, you know how I feel about cooking. So- there’s that. I can get excited about trying local food and learning how things are made.
Lastly, I love all three of the ladies going with me. They’re all incredibly smart, hilarious and such fun – and I can’t imagine life without them. Purely for that reason alone: I can get excited about three weeks of my life being spent on small islands. I’ll be probably missing the weekly updates on August 20 and 27 – but I’ll be back in September with a probably couple week-long Bali picture and blog series. Until the fall, dear readers – what a summer it’s been!