Bali, Dad’s birthday and more shots around Villa Bhuana Alit

Happy Birthday to me! A few days after Nyepi and it’s my birthday. I’ve had two on the road which is pretty awesome to think about. Two years homeless! Oh, and here’s some more shots of our place in Ubud.

Here’s the other path to our front door, turn right and then right again and you’re at the swimming pool. Our other favourite place other than the table outside in the shade.

Our path to the swimming pool and the rest of the compund
Our path to the swimming pool and the rest of the compund

Our Villa inside is nice and sparsely furnished. Alice can tell you some horror stories about a rat climbing on her in the middle of the night, but for the most part we were not pestered too much.

Our lounge
Our lounge

We loved our resident geckos. Here’s our bedroom one, there were two more outside who greeted us every morning early for work.

One of our resident geckos
One of our resident geckos

To get to the main road we go through this alleyway next to the public space that holds events, and where anyone can rest in the shade. it’s a great landmark to help taxi drivers get us home.

Walking home from some time in Ubud
Walking home from some time in Ubud

Looking toward the main road you can see it’s nice and quiet and then BOOM, road noise and hustle/bustle. Plenty of shops around to buy bits and pieces, and other tourists walking around. What was really cool was that here there was a community centre where they were learning traditional music; the rhythms were incredible.

Looking away from our Villa toward the main road
Looking away from our Villa toward the main road

Lots of wires overhead, but we never had a power outtage. Internet was not great, but interestingly enough you can’t send a text message; there is no SMS service, everyone uses WhatsApp here for everything and Bali is responding to that.

We had a major communications tower near our place, and the apartment in front was pretty huge
We had a major communications tower near our place, and the apartment in front was pretty huge

You put your rubbish in these gated, cement areas. Sometimes people get told off for putting the wrong things in the wrong bin. I think this sign says something to that effect.

I just loved this note on the refuse area outside the restaurant next door
I just loved this note on the refuse area outside the restaurant next door

Our Villa had some parking spaces, and above is where the manager lived. Our great friend Guli.

Our Villa has a simming pool - vital in Bali
Our Villa has a simming pool – vital in Bali

The front door is another reminder of Balinese culture; you are entering a compound, do not forget to be respectful. Incense and flower offerings welcome you in.

The entrance to Villa Bhuana Alit, the statues offerings were refreshed every day
The entrance to Villa Bhuana Alit, the statues offerings were refreshed every day

This is the entrance to our Villa Cantik. It’s beautiful. Even new buildings go up with this style, a reverence for the past, and for tradition.

The entrance to our Villa, Villa Cantik
The entrance to our Villa, Villa Cantik

And now my birthday! It’s traditionally hard to shop for the birthday person in our family when we’re together all the time, so really it’s more of a day off and breakfast in bed that you look forward to because you already know the gifts you’re probably going to get. But, all of this is fine, it’s always fun!

Alice and the kids made me a great birthday card and I wanted to save it for posterity.

Happy Birthday to me! The kids made me a sweet birthday card.
Happy Birthday to me! The kids made me a sweet birthday card.
Happy Birthday to me! The kids made me a sweet birthday card. This is the back cover.
Happy Birthday to me! The kids made me a sweet birthday card. This is the back cover.

I’m feeling pretty special right about now!

Happy Birthday to me! The kids made me a sweet birthday card. This is the inside.
Happy Birthday to me! The kids made me a sweet birthday card. This is the inside.
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Nathaniel Flick

American born, Kiwi made. Bass player, black coffee, dark beer. Travelled Europe and the UK/Scotland from 2016-2018.

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