SHE has learnt that the simple things in life are often the best. Spending time in Bali with the wonderful local people, and sharing in their day to day routines is one of the many things SHE's grateful for. SHE counts her blessings every day.
On a beautiful Saturday morning our group headed to Sanur for an early surf. Our reward for a 5.15am pickup: a spectacular sunrise at what is often referred to as 'the golden hour'; that time just after the sun has risen, when the world is bathed in golden light. Photography enthusiasts adore it. For many it's seen as the best time to prepare mentally, physically and spiritually for the day. However you choose to look at it, Bali sunrises are as mesmerising as the sunsets.
We surfed beautiful, glassy waves in lovely warm water with the local kids. Saturday market vendors began setting up their shops, and a village ceremony got underway. Daily life had begun in this beachside community.
Catching waves builds a healthy appetite. Our breakfast on this fine morning: spicy fish soup with a side serve of mackerel, rice and local sambal guaranteed to start a fire in your mouth and bring on a sweat! Our group were the only Westerners, sitting alongside our Balinese surf coaches, sharing stories, and feasting on the freshest fish caught that morning.
There's nothing fancy about this peaceful, local place and the warung that serves a perfect post-surf breakfast for around $3 per person. It's all about simplicity, a reminder of how relaxed life can be, how little we really need to feel satisfied, happy and carefree. That's our kind of Saturday morning.