7-8years ago Missy Moo and I lived in a quiet part of Sydney. We lead a simple balanced life back then. Most mornings would start with a walk to our favourite café then off to the park before we ran errands or went to one of Missy Moo’s activities… Life was easy.
Today, reminded me of those days. The kids are starting their 3rd week of school, Steve’s off at a Myofacial yoga class and Miss E and I have just finished our morning walk to see the monkeys and now enjoying an ice coffee and mango & strawberry lassie at a new favourite café near our villa. It’s the first time in a long time that life hasn’t felt so rushed and hectic.
Our life in Bali is very much like a jigsaw puzzle and with time, research and a bit of trial and error we are slowly finding the right pieces to put it all together.
After a few failed attempts we have finally found a villa and more importantly a neighbourhood that works for us. And for the first time since being in Bali I feel like I can truly exhale. Amongst the crazy hustle and bustle we found a neighbourhood where we can walk to places, yoga, Pilates, cafes, Warung (local restaurants), etc. Being able to walk with a pram and not be reliant on a car or scooter is truly liberating! Ahhh, the simple things in life.
As for the other pieces of the puzzle:
Schooling – we are still working through it. There are a few things to consider when sending your kids to school in Bali namely, cost (it can be pretty pricey), limited options for short term schooling (as in a month or one term) and also that Bali starts their school year in July. So right now, they just returned to Term 3 (Missy Moo would be starting Class 4 this year if she was in still Australia but here she has entered into Term 3 of Class 4 – so 6mths behind fellow students). The other thing to work through for us is that there is no true Steiner school near us. There are a lot of nature based, humanistic, Steiner inspired or alternative schools around with a main stream component in them but finding the right one that works for our children is taking a bit longer to find. Nevertheless, I am investigating 3 avenues this week.
Nannies – I finally bit the bullet and started my search for a regular long term nanny as opposed to a freelance holiday nanny, so that I can get into more of a rhythm and also return to yoga. I have a couple of interviews lined up this week so let’s see what Miss E thinks.
Visas – Last week we went to the Immigration office in Jimbaran. We had our photos and fingerprints taken and will hopefully have our Social Visas in hand this week. I highly recommend using an agent. Touch wood, it has been a pretty stressfree experience. Minus the car ride to and from Jimbaran to Ubud. (4hrs of driving for 15mins at Immigration – got to love Bali’s traffic)
3 Highlights of the week:
Getting insights from locals & expats – Last night we went to dinner at a local Warang (walking distance from our villa). It cost 165,000 IDR for 2 entrees & 5 mains (approx. $18AUS). Finding little gems like this are awesome.
Finding a new favourite family hangout – On the weekend we were invited to go to a beach club with a couple of other families. It was only a 30min drive away and was the first time we had seen the ocean since arriving in Bali. We had the choice of ocean or pool, the food was delicious, sangria was refreshing and the company was great. We had a ball.
Knocking accommodation off our to do list – Finding a Compound that has a yard the kids to play and explore in, a pool to swim in and other kids to play with.