It’s all coming together

Lunch today was goat sate and soup at our favorite roadside stand.

Goat sate, goat soup. Yummy!

Goat sate, goat soup. Yummy!

On March 1st we fly out of Denpasar airport in Bali and after a duty-free shopping trip layover in Doha, Qatar, we touch down in Austria for a family vacation in celebration of Zev’s father’s birthday. Happy Birthday Don!

We will freeze our butts off, we will frolic in the snow with family we haven’t seen in a very long while, and we will gore ourselves on cheese and meats; it will be delightful. We are both over-the-moon excited to see familiar faces and enjoy quality time with close family, it has been too long.

Being away from family has been one of the most challenging elements of this trip, we are both very close with our families and there are just some gaps that cannot be bridged by Skype. Although the breakfast video chats with our parents on the weekend are becoming a delightful ritual.

Beyond family time, we are also getting a resupply of a number of staples. Most products and brands are available even in the furthest corner of the world (hello, Nivea products!), but some products are simply not the same quality as what we have at home or outrageously expensive (deodorant, brasseries, and tampons are a few of the most elusive sundries).

We landed in Bali 6 weeks ago with no idea what we would be doing after this family trip to Austria. But slowly things are coming together. We plan to return to Bali and spend a portion of the spring/summer here, learning more about the culture and fantastic food of Indonesia.

Oh yeah, we took a surfing lesson this weekend. I floundered, Zev surfed. Fun was had by all.

Oh yeah, we took a surfing lesson this weekend. I floundered, Zev surfed. Fun was had by all.

And we also stayed at the uber fancy Conrad Bali, thanks to some HiltonHonors points.

And we also stayed at the uber fancy Conrad Bali, thanks to some HiltonHonors points.

And ate seafood on the beach in Jimbaran, Bali.

And ate seafood on the beach in Jimbaran, Bali.

Amazing grilled prawns.

Amazing grilled prawns.

You buy fish by the kilo and they grill it up for you over smoky coconut husks.

This guy was so bored. You buy fish by the kilo and they grill it up for you over burning coconut husks.

Stuff from around the web:

Traveling is just like this. xkcd FTW.

Vanity Fair piece about tyrannical chefs.

NYT scared me off of junk food, at least until I finished the article.

Sky Scanner, an airfare search engine that is so cool.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Zev went to the market early in the morning to get me a kilo of marigolds and some beautiful purple flowers. Boyfriend points to him.

Marigolds and purple puffs for Valentine's Day

Marigolds and purple puffs for Valentine’s Day

We’ve been in Bali for a little over a month and so far, we really enjoy it. The rhythm of living in Ubud is starting to take shape, and it looks good.

Mornings start early,Some days we wake up to the most incredible sunrise and attempt our morning jog, stopping along the way to play with Molly, a friendly and incredibly sweet Bali Dog that lives on our street (she finally warmed up to Zev this week, she was very suspicious of men in general). For breakfast we sit on our porch, sip a coconut, eat granola and enjoy the rice paddy view before scootering off for a day at the chocolate factory. There are a few talismans of sedentary life we are lacking, such as real cooking pots and pans or space to host guests, but the rest of life in Bali makes up for what we lack.