I spent 10 days on the ancient island of Malta, located under Italy, in the Mediterranean Sea. My favorite city was Valetta, the countries capital. I also loved the island of Gozo, which has the worlds oldest standing ‘building.’ As you’ll see below, this ancient ‘building’ is a collection of stacked rocks from the neolithic era.
In this post I’m sharing my journey through photos. Enjoy!
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Entrance to the city of Valetta
Valetta walking tour – Always a great way to see any city as a tourist
Inside a 17th century cathedral
The oldest standing building in the world – neolithic era ruins
drinking mulled wine with my dad and brother – literally SO delicious
This is my account of spending a day with a Balinese healer where I did a private consultation and afterward a Hindu purification ritual in the sacred holy springs of Ubud, Bali. It was nothing less than magical and transformative.
If you’ve seen the movie and/ or read the book Eat Pray Love then you’ll appreciate this post a little extra. I adorned that novel for years (still do) and I also have an affinity toward ancient healing techniques so seeing this healer was a no brainer.
Inside the Balinese Healers Living Quarters – Our local tour guide was adorable and full of knowledge
I am writing this over a week after the tour and can say that with time I do feel the consultation with this Balinese healer has increased the quality of my life in a positive and noticeable way.
The moment I sat down with this Indonesian medicine man he said, “you have backpain.” And I did. It’s been a problem for a year. And then he said, “why you no have no boyfriend?” Lol…
Longstory sort he was totally psychic, believe it or not. He knew a lot of my deepest desires and repetitive thoughts I had been pondering in the last year, a lot of which I have never even spoken of out loud. I’m not going into the details of this because it’s extremely personal… but I can say he offered me reassurance and guidance that I have been implementing into my life and the outcome has been very positive.
Here are 5 things I learned from the Balinese medicine man. Although this is tailored to my own self, I believe we are all interconnected and share similar experiences, so I hope that it will offer you value in some way.
Focus on positive thinking and stop worrying!! When we worry, we don’t trust ourselves. Trust yourself. Love yourself. Live more from your heart space, not your head. Stop overthinking and ease up. Have patience. Learn everything and do everything. Be grateful for what you have now and this will accelerate your growth toward achieving your goals. The healer predicted my future to an extent that sends shivers down my spine. He described my dream life in detail without me telling him anything at all, and so this made me trust the universe/ the process more than ever. Are we really that in control of our lives? I believe we are born with our unique desires and it is our job to live them out while we’re here on earth.
He encouraged me to meditate daily, exercisemore, and stay away from sugar. This is a practical one but sometimes its nice to be told what we know we need to do. If you know me, I am a huge advocate for meditation. I believe meditation is the holy grail of healing and thriving.
He said while I wait for my largest manifestations to come, to create good karma and to learn everything I can until the middle of next year. In the middle of next year I will be delivered the “job” that I have been seeking. What I am learning now is preparing me, he claims.
Get your energy right before all else. Things fall into place effortlessly when we are in a flow state. Take right action to stay in energetic alignment; everything is energy after all, and we attract what we are on an energetic level.
Be happy and grateful, even when things don’t go as planned. Enjoy the journey. This healer seriously made me live in a more positive state of being that I have maintained every day since then. I’m sure being in a beautiful place like Bali is a major factor but still…
He then did a ritual to ‘detox my heart,’ because he is ‘preparing me for my future husband.’ This ritual was intended to rid me of my back pain, which it honestly has. I am writing this over a week later and have had little to no back pain.
I have implemented all of his advice and have honestly been smiling ALL the time lately.
After the consultation with the healer, we did a purification ritual in the holy springs and then had lunch surrounded by rice terraces.
The Holy Springs
A stop for lunch in the rice terraces
Vegan Indonesian mystery meal
I got to spend the day three other women from Canada and Greece. All three of them practice minimalism and live a zero waste life which was very inspiring to me.
I have met some highly conscious friends while staying in Bali, and many of them practice a zero waste lifestyle. They encouraged me to watch this TEDx talk on the subject and so I will keep their message going by sharing the video below.
I have recently moved to Bali, Indonesia from the United States (Michigan) and I feel inspired to share why I chose to make this move across the world alone at the age of 22.
Before the age of 25 I am highly prioritizing world travel and self-education. After age 25 our brains neuroplasticty declines, and our minds belief systems become more set in stone. I am going to places with drastically different values, cultures and lifestyles than my own so that I can learn from them and expand myself. I live with the belief that our environments greatly affect who we are. Becoming the best version of myself while having a high quality of life is why I moved to Ubud, the cultural and spiritual hub of Bali. It’s very important to me that I prioritize my self-education, my quality of life, my happiness, and my life’s purpose over anything else on earth.
While in Southeast Asia I am finishing my degree online part time and also making an income online through multiple streams.
I believe in an education system that helps people learn to make an income for themselves and then travel the world, rather than staying inside a few buildings for 4 years (just what works for me!:). I see many great people in my life who get a college degree and then don’t know what to do after graduation. I believe universities should place more of an emphasis on making an income in a practical way so that people can explore more freely while they are young. The world is the best teacher. I believe if you want to learn Spanish, go to Spain. If you want to learn ancient Egyptian history, go to Egypt. If you want to learn geography, travel. That’s real life to me. Thats my message. I moved to Southeast Asia because if I didn’t follow what I believe I would be a hypocrite. 🙂
I am also moving because I believe procrastination kills dreams. Conditions are never perfect. Do it anyway. I’ve been wanting to travel around Southeast Asia for a while but I still have 20 credits left at Michigan State University to graduate. I told my university my situation and they are making accommodations for me to finish online.
If you want something, ask;)
I had a strong intuitive pull to come to Bali with a one way ticket and so far it has been an amazing journey. I have met a lot of great people and have learned more about myself and the world. Indonesian people are the happiest people I have ever met; I think it’s rubbing off on me (I hope).
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I have finally arrived from Michigan to Bali after much anticipation. So far I am in love with Ubud, located in the heart of the island. Ubud is the spiritual and cultural center of Bali and I can certainly see that everywhere I look. Seriously great vibes all around. I am one happy girl!
Check out my first ever travel vlog and photos, both taken with my favorite camera, the Sony Alpha a6000. This is a great travel camera for vlogging and photography.
Here is my itinerary of a day tour around Ubud, Bali, which I booked through the Pillow Inn Hostel.
The Bali Swing (There are TONS of swings all over the place in many different rice terraces. The price is around $15, and yes they strap you in.)
Kopi Luwak- Next to the swings was a coffee plantation where we tried the famous Balinese Coffee called kopi luwak, which means asian palm civet; a type of Balinese cat. The coffee is made by the digested coffee beans of the cat. Gross right. Kopi Luwak is known as the worlds most expensive coffee, although we got it for free while visiting this business. It tastes like normal coffee to me…
Rice Terraces – Ubud is covered in rice terraces and wow, they are stunning. We hiked all over these babies and got quite lost. Local venders are ready to serve you fresh coconuts to drink on your hike. The views are spectacular.
The Holy Springs – These springs are where sacred rituals are done for purification of mind, body and soul. We had to wear a sarong to enter. Women on their periods are not allowed to enter the temples. I am doing a full day healing ritual with a Balinese healer here next week so stay tuned.
Waterfalls – We were taken to see two waterfalls on this tour and they were both very accessible and swimmable.
Ubud has my heart – In 2 weeks I will move onto Canguu, the Balinese surfing town. I am in no rush to travel. For now I am enjoying a slow paced life here with new friends from around the world. Until next time, much love.
Meteora is the second most important site in Greece, next to the Acropolis. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site under both nature and art. Only a few UNESCO sites in the world qualify for two categories.
Meteora means suspended in space. It is home to six mountaintop monasteries. Even if you’re not religious they are so worth the visit. They literally took my breath away the second I saw them; pictures do not do this place justice. My entire family was left in awe from the sites here. It feels otherworldly.
The reason the monasteries were built suspended on these mountains were to keep monks safe, beginning in the 14th century. They had to rock climb or be carried up in a basket just to access the monasteries. It wasn’t until the 1920s that stairs were built.
There are two types of monasteries in Meteora – communal and living as a hermit. Only one of the monasteries today houses female nuns. A typical day for the monks and nuns involves waking at 4am for three hours of prayer, and them carrying out their assigned duties.
Women who enter the monasteries must wear a skirt to enter; they offer tie on skirts at the door if you need one.
Cats are everywhere in Greece, even the monasteries
Fun fact: Meteora appeared in the James Bond film, For Your Eyes Only.
My family and I rented a car from Thessaloniki and drove here for the day. I highly recommend getting a tour here since there is so much to know and see. Some of the best places are actually quite hidden. Check out tours to book here.
Although the Meteora monasteries are not as popular for tourists as other places in Greece, this is such a special place that you don’t want to miss. There is no place like this on Earth.