My angels!! I’m back! I’m well! I’m only a little bit sunburnt! I don’t like promising normalcy in this newsy (bc wtf is normal) but I’ve just arrived home from Bali and honestly I want nothing more than to just sleep in my own bed for at least a week. I’ve literally got a brand new place that we’ve moved into and I’ve only spent ONE night there, and nothing in my room/ life is organised in any type of way. And that shit stresses me out. AND it means that I haven’t been in my cute routine of writing this for you (or actually being proud of what I’m writing) and most importantly… I HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO ANSWER ALL YOUR EMAILS! I HATE WHEN LIFE GETS TOO BUSY TO DO THAT BC IT’S MY FAVE THING!
Anyway, I’m not promising normalcy, but I’m going to do my damn best to be the excellent and reliable pen pal that you’re used to, okay?
In the meantime, huuuuuge shoutout to Bel
(u know her, u love her) for her gorg Culture Vulture newsy (you can get that here)
/ and her chime on Imposter Syndrome, and to Liv
for holding down the fort back home and just being the best everrrrrr.
Now, where did we leave off? Oh yeah - I was NOT well! In fact, probably the sickest I’ve EVER felt!! But thankfully my Bali belly was short-lived - one afternoon of true illness, and then a day of being weak and just having to drift in and out of sleeping and swimming and I was back at it!!! After my wee ✨moment✨ Rubes and I got right back into being the intrepid travellers we are. We got a couples massage (why? idk!) and it really took us to the boundaries of our friendship. It was actually gorg (a lil painful at times for me, I must be tense), and it ended with like… a full body scrub down which was both lovely and incredibly intimate. It also didn’t help that we locked eyes at one point while we were both naked on our backs and LOST IT LIKE WE USED TO BACK IN SCHOOL (you know, when you’re not allowed to laugh it’s always the worst etc etc.) On the bright side, my skin has never felt so soft.
The next day we did a full 180 and totally undid everything the massage did for our stress levels by doing the most horrifying and epic ATVing through the mud/ forest/ rivers/ CAVES in Ubud. Rubes was pretty apprehensive at the start and for good reason because she CAME OFF HER ATV ABOUT 5 MINUTES IN (she’ll hate me saying this so I’ll leave it at that.) She was fine and handled it like a champ, but it was honestly the wildest terrain I’ve ever seen (and I’ve driven a TukTuk through India…) It ended up being one of the sickest parts of the trip (and shoutout to Budek for literally saving us multiple times) so #noregrets from me (not sure about Rubes tho.)
The rest of the trip was just us eating Mi goreng, riding on the back of scooters, visiting various beaches and pools to lie by, and falling in love with every local we met (and consequently bombarding them with questions about EVERYTHING - we know about so many people’s kids/ pets / long-distance relationships / choice of transportation at this point.)
All of this to say, I honestly had the best best BEST time, but it feels so fucking nice to be home and talking to you from my own bed again 🥺