BRB From Bali

Thanks to the distractions of sun, sea, sand and patchy internet, I have been on an impromptu blog pause while I’ve been traipsing in and around Bali. I photographed monkeys and ate nasi goreng and read books and swam with sea turtles and watched sun sets and pet stray cats and drank banana lassis and spent a lot of time with my toes dug deep into the sand, feeling extremely lucky.

There are awful things happening back home in Europe. I can feel the ripple of fear from half a world away, however hard we try to mask it. When will it stop? How can we put an end to attacks that are seemingly so random? It feels frustrating. It feels like something nestling close to despair.

Then I grab my mask and I dive underwater, where all I can hear is the sound of bubbles leaving my mouth. I kick my fins and swim into a shoal of silvery fish, who scatter wide-eyed as if I’ve interrupted a secret meeting. A large blue starfish with arms the size and shape of bananas drapes itself over a rock. A moray eel bobs out from under a rock to stare at me, his trademark slackjawed grin making me feel like an amusing bit of entertainment he’ll tell his friends about later.

I watch a batfish waft with the current, cleverly concealed next to a submerged piece of rope. I kick to propel myself down deeper and feel the cold undercurrent close over me as I follow a mantis shrimp hurriedly scurrying across the coral.

I think about how insulated we are under the water. I feel totally removed from real life. It’s just me and my fins and my breath, visiting this blue world that doesn’t know or care about wifi or worries or world news. I stay in the water until my skin has softened and wrinkled in protest. I stay until my lungs burn from holding my breath.

Then I swim back towards the shore and come to the surface just in time to hear the familiar strains of reggae music.

Don’t worry … about a thing.

Every little thing … is gonna be alright….”

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I’ll be back on Monday.

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  1. I wonder what they were plotting, before you so rudely swam through the middle of their secret meeting…

    1. They’re up to something fishy, that’s for sure…

      1. That is dolphin-ately a great pun. Sea-riously.

    2. I don’t know but they had that guilty, ‘What, me?” look on their faces…!

  2. Bali must be Heaven! Enjoy your vacation!!!

    1. Gili Air is pretty paradise-like, I have to say!

  3. Sounds like heaven an escape from real life …and my favourite song ever πŸ™‚ Enjoy the rest of your trip

    1. Thank you! Not long left now!

  4. I know how this feels like. I just recently had a trip in an untamed island in the Philippines, and got a chance to go snorkeling. It felt like an entirely different world down there. My only regret was that I did not swim deeper and closer to the coral reefs below. I wish I can go back… You are lucky you got closer to the creatures down there.

    1. What island did you go to? I don’t use the tube when I go snorkelling because it annoys me too much – I like to dive down and get up close and personal with the tiny creatures living in the coral! I think freediving is probably more my speed than scuba!

      1. It’s Calaguas Island here in the Philippines. Have you been there? I wanted to put the tube away and dive down, but I couldn’t because I had my 2-year old son watching me on a boat. He’d cry out loud if he saw disappear in the water. πŸ˜…

        1. No but I googled it and it looks amazing! Going on my wishlist for sure! That makes sense, though it made me laugh!

          1. It is amazing! I hope you get a chance to visit there in the future. πŸ™‚

          2. Haha! ME TOO!!

  5. I know it wasn’t meant as such, but it felt as though you were personally taunting me with your ‘swam with sea turtles’ comment. That hurts!

    Enjoy paradise my friend. πŸ™‚

    1. Hahaha sorry! I waved hi to them for you!

      1. Well then it’s not so bad! Thanks!! πŸ˜€

  6. You say you’ll be back, but you’re pretty F^@#ing present right now. This is my favorite piece you’ve written.

    1. Thank you! Thanks Jeff.

  7. Love this! Beautiful description of what it feels like to dive into the ocean and forget about the rest of the β€œhuman” world and all of its troubles.

    1. Underwater is probably the closest you can get to going to space! It really feels like a different planet down there!

  8. life is simple, just add water
    To get lost in the world underneath….ahhhhmazing!
    And gal I loved your insulated description.

    Bali…lawdybe child.
    Know you are absolutely adoring all the places you’ve been and things you’ve seen !!!

    1. I’ll keep sharing them then! Thanks Krista!

  9. You are visiting my country! Hope you’re having a good time.
    Instead of Bali, the Locals’s dream destination for scuba diving or snorkelling is Raja Ampat. Have you check it out?

    1. I had a wonderful time! It was beautiful and the people were so friendly! I had never heard of Raja Ampat but it’s shot right to the top of my travel wishlist now! It looks incredible!

  10. Bali is absolutely gorgeous, like out of fairy tale paradise! Wow. Thanks Quinn.

    1. Yeah definitely felt like I was sitting inside a postcard at times!

  11. How lovely to swim with the fishys (and turtles of course, amazing!) your description of life under water is very calming! Enjoy xx

    1. Thank you! Back now to the dreary clouds….!

  12. Well written !! This couldn’t have been described any better.It took me to the same world with same feelings.

    1. Thank you! I’m glad! It’s a nice feeling!

  13. terrorism is really a heartbroken problem, let’s us feel the fragile of every life. The war really manifest who we are. Let us feel no matter what we do to tolerate, to revenge, to forgive, nothing seems to be right! all i can say is please be courageous to go on with life.

    1. Thank you! I agree!

  14. the song is it from the movie “i am legend” by will smith.

    1. Maybe! I haven’t seen it!

  15. look at that blue water!
    oh MY gosh amazing.

    1. It was amazing! Wish I was still there now!

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