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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

My First Bali Sunrise


I awoke this morning to the sound of exotic birds outside of my window. Rolling over and brushing the sleep out of my well-rested eyes, I found it was already 6am.

Mawa mentioned to us on the bus last night that sunrise would happen about 6:15am and I threw on my clothes and my sandals, threw my hair up into a pony tail and out the door I went.

Not many people milling about, but there were a few joggers, some resort workers sweeping sand and plant debris off the side walk with palm brooms, and some doing tai chi in a magical dance on the sands.

This place is another world. It feels ancient, like it existed far before any other land existed. Like it has always been here. Magical, etherial, surreal.

Bali.

I keep having pinch me moments. Like every thing I have ever done, good or bad, every step I have ever taken in my life, every trial that has ever passed my way -- every heart break, every joy--- has been a neccessary step to get me to this place.

Bali.

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Words can’t begin to describe the feeling of watching the sun rise over the shores of Nusa Dua.

I am smitten.

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I am forever changed.

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In 10 minutes we head out on our first batking experience!

40 comments:

Amy (lilme2_99) said...

This post gave me goosebumps (that's a GOOD thing)

As always, thank you thank you for taking time to keep us included on this amazing trip of yours.

Helen said...

Incredible! Thanks for the pictures and the insight. HUGS

SewCalGal said...

I'm so happy you are having such fun. Beautiful sunrise. You look relaxed and in the spirit of Bali! Enjoy!

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Kim said...

Wow it looks amazing!
And you look fabulous :0)

Happy Sewing

Coloradolady said...

Beautiful......I need to go here too!

Debbie Lou said...

Looks like a magical place. You look happy and rested. Enjoy!!!

The Thimblemouse of Country Crossroads said...

Goosebumps here too...and it isn't my AC ;)

Dana said...

WOW!!!!! This made me cry just to think of it as I could feel it so strongly in your beautiful words. THANK YOU for sharing and I'm so glad for you that you get to have this experience:)

Anonymous said...

Oh Bonnie! Thanks for the reminder that every step has led us all to wherever we are right now. Thanks for sharing!
Cathy

Maree mynanamaree@yahoo.com said...

Very well said, Dana! I totally agree! Thanks, Bonnie, for sharing this amazing adventure with us! ♥

Pat said...

How wonderful to experience such a magnificent place!

Linnie Quilts said...

I so agree with Amy ... chills when I was reading your post. THANK YOU for sharing this life experience with all of us ... WE are forever changed because of you!

Linnie Quilts said...

Amen, Dana ... Amen!

Cindy, The Purple Quilter said...

Wowzers! The sunrise is beautiful, your description is beautiful. I am loving your trip!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Your observations are great! The photo of you is lovely. Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Perfectly stated! Thank you so much for sharing with us all Bonnie!

tubilinha tiacarminha said...

Linda você,mesmo cansada nos mostrar e falar de sua emoção e mudança,obrigada. Beijos do Brasil.

Freda said...

I WANNA GO!!!! Thanks for the gotgeous pix Bonnie.

Shirley said...

THANK YOU so much Bonnie for your very personal sharing of your emotions and thoughts as you drink in this beautiful place.

Angee said...

Brought tears to my eyes.....thank you for sharing with us Bonnie.

sewnsew said...

Thank you, Bonnie for taking me along if only by my computer. I just love it and wish I could have gone too.. Singing Bali Hai in my head all day as I work on my Christmas quilt for a class and my flannel ufo from 10??? years ago. Love you for including us in your adventure. Ramona from Maine

Carmela said...

What a wonderful experience you're having Bonnie and thank you for sharing. Can't say I ever had the desire to see Bali, but I can't wait to see what you show us next!! Have a great time!

lovetostitch said...

Another big thank you for sharing a beautiful sunrise. I can't wait to see more of your trip! I, too, could feel your emotion! Enjoy! Enjoy for all of us!

Nancy said...

Thank you for "bringing us along" to Bali. I cannot wait to see more of your adventure. Enjoy.
Nancy in Sunny SC

Katie M. said...

What an awesome post! You'll have so many magical memories to hold in your heart. Continue to enjoy your time to fullest.

Mary said...

If not another post comes through, this was the one. Thank you so much for sharing the peace and awe and beauty.

Anonymous said...

You look beautiful in the early morning light. I will be watching for your photos every day. I love digital cameras, and their no limit to the number of pictures you can take because no developing cost. I think that you work very hard, are working now, as you are helping others discover Bali. There should be a reward for hard work and talent and sharing so much with your quilting buddies. I hope you feel rewarded and happy every minute you are there. Jan Turner SLC,UT

Janet O. said...

I can't believe everyone wasn't out drinking in that sunrise. Absolutely breathtaking!

Mickey Depre said...

Thank you so much for sharing....made my day to read this

Glady said...

I'm so touched that you are taking the time to share Bali with us. Thanks for showing us the sunrise. I'm right there with you in spirit.

Kim Andrews said...

Gorgeous pictures! Love your descriptions. Take care!

Randy D. said...

Bon, I love the pictures. Thanks for posting them. So glad it's so amazing!

JaneB said...

Thank you so much for sharing this adventure with us. Absolutely beautiful pictures and the words you write take me there along with you. You have a great heart, thanks again for sharing.

Helen in the UK said...

WOW!! The pictures, your words - stunning! ENJOY - you so deserve this :)

Lucy said...

OOhh my Bonnie, what is this exciting!

Lorri said...

Wish I was there too.

Carole said...

Wow you are so lucky... enjoy and soak in all you can ! I wish I could be here too...

Bunnie said...

Brought tears to my eyes. Someday. . .
Freudian slip? Batking or Batiking? And a smile to my face.
Great Morning!

AllisonCBayerLongarmerTX said...

Me too! Tears of joy as you describe Bali to us all. Thank you for letting us live vicariously through you. Happy batiking!!

Shelley said...

How hot is it there? I LOVE that red top.