In March/April 2011 I joined 2 friends from Toronto for an unforgettable trip to Bali. We spent about a week at the Four Seasons Resort in Jimbaran Bay – I loved it! I loved the heat, the tropical vegetation, the scenery and the fascinating culture. Not to mention that unbeatable service that the Four Seasons is famous for. I felt so inspired by this place and most afternoons, I retired to the utter bliss of my ocean front villa where I would sit naked in the outdoor living room and write – plopping in and out of my private plunge pool to cool down. Can you say idyllic?!
We followed this magical experience up with a stay at the Four Seasons Sayan located in the jungle near the well known town of Ubud. Also fabulous but so different. While my creativity ceased as I felt somewhat stifled by the jungle, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience – Incredible scenery and talented artists around every corner. I purchased an intricate wood carving – You will see it when we reveal the pics of my California house! We went for a reading with the Balinese Medicine Man, Ketut, he of Eat, Pray, Love fame. It was fascinating to say the least. “You should have your own business in computers, publishing or beauty,” he said. “What do you do?” Why, I said, “I am writing a book and launching a lifestyle website. ” Ah yes, who knows his authenticity but I do know one thing FOR SURE! It was the Universal Force reiterating my decision yet again. I know I am on the right track.
After Bali, we spent 4 nights in Hong Kong. Wow! What a great city! So organized and such fantastic shopping!
In September 2010 I went to Peru. We started with the grueling Lares Trek in the Andes – not for the faint hearted! Eight out of ten of us suffered in varying degrees of intensity from Altitude sickness. It’s tough to hike 7 hours uphill when you have jippo-guts (and no bathrooms within 100 miles), a ripping headache and struggling to breathe from lack of oxygen. Oh Joy! While I was lying in my tent freezing at 0 degrees C, wanting to vomit and with my head spinning from being at 14500 feet above sea level, I wondered why the hell I had signed up for this. In hindsight though, I am so glad I did. I said I needed challenges in my life – this was one! I went with a group from my phenomenal gym, Studeo 55. I learned so much from my travel mates including the essential virtues of patience and tenacity.
The trip culminated with a visit to Machu Picchu. Now this is an awe-inspiring, spiritual place. Visit it if you can.