Category Archives: Expat Stories

Biking

It wasn’t until I physically arrived in Bali that I realized my plan to use a bicycle as my primary mode of transportation was a bad idea. Somehow, despite plenty of data showing it’s actual size, I held this idea in my mind that Bali – and Ubud in particular – was quite small. Perhaps…

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The Sacred Banyan Tree

From a tiny seed in a fig grows the giant banyan tree. For the Balinese, this majestic tree, with its enormous trunk, far reaching branches and its voluminous thick roots running deep into the earth, the banyan is a symbol of humanity’s potential for perfection. Humans are like trees: We walk up right with our…

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Kundalini Rising in Ubud

Ubud, Bali, known by many as one of the eclectic yoga hubs of the world, where seekers flock from all walks of life to this little island, surrounded by the healing element of water, often on a quest of the soul, perhaps known or unknown. Flash back to one year ago, i was hustling in…

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Motor Bike Lesson

As was part of my mission to acclimate to my new home as quickly as possible, I learned to ride a motorbike my second week in Bali. Naturally, I was nervous about my first lesson, though it wasn’t the actual riding that scared me so much as the conditions in which I was forced to…

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What Is It About Bali ?

My contract teaching English in a fishing village in South Korea was coming to a slow end. As I contemplated my future a question arose from the depths of my Being:   “Where do I need to live to become Heaven on Earth?”  I had no idea the meaning of this question; I only felt it…

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Twenty Signs You are an Ubud Expat

You know at least a handful of drivers named Ketut, a few massage therapists called Nyoman and at least two dozen drivers who answer to the name Wayan. Since you are in regular contact with at least a dozen locals (men and women) named Wayan, your phone’s “W” contact list overflows with mnemonics: Wayan Landlord,…

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