I've been keeping a little secret.
I'm going to Bali. In just a few weeks.
For 2.5 weeks. (!!!)
A crazy deal popped up right after I returned from my Amtrak Adventure (like, that very day) and before I could talk myself out of it...I booked that mama. Part of me still can't believe I'm going but another part isn't surprised--I told many a person that I wanted to do Bali or Johannesburg in January of 2016 and....well you know how I feel about speaking things into existence. I planned my trip so that I'd be there during "Caka"--the 6 day Balinese New Year celebration. Nyepi Day, which falls on the 3rd day, is a day of total silence on the island from 6am to 6am the following day. No one is allowed on the streets, all shops are closed, the airports are completely shut down (arrivals & departures), no travel, no entertainment, no electricity & very minimal sound. It's a day of silence, fasting, self-reflection & dedication to God with the belief that the evil spirits will avoid the island if it's silent. I love experiencing places (and events) that are far from our US traditions and this sounds like a once-in-a-lifetime experience so I'm off to take part!
I haven't yet made any plans (housing or otherwise) so if you've ever been to Bali/anywhere in Indonesia I'd love to hear your suggestions--the countdown is on!!