Randomness on the road

This post is even more meaningful because yesterday when I started writing about how you never know what happens when traveling, suddenly apparently all the wifi in this neighborhood died. So, randomness speaking there. And today we met this Californian couple for the 4th time within 2 days. Luckily they might be able to help me spot the best places in San Francisco!

(Picture here if the wifi wouldn’t take like 20 mins to upload – Impatient, I know)

Yeah, so. Weird and exceptional things happen when on the road. Maybe its because you are more open to random interesting things, new tastes and basically curious to see whatever comes along. I have been in Bali for less than a week, and already I have randomly visited a coffee plant and a cacao factory, gone rafting, got a lymph treatment, manicure and pedicure, have eaten superb food every single day, and gone to an awesome movie screening almost outdoors (less than the price of a cup of coffee, including unlimited popcorn and water). No rice fields or yoga at least yet, and I’m still planning to get that long-needed haircut. I’m doing a fairly good job on supporting the locals!

Inner yard. Basically could be any yard.
Inner yard. Basically could be any yard.

These random experiences and encounters with people often, but not always, lead to something more than just memories – last night’s succulent dinner with two new friends inspired me to do a juice cleanse for at least 3 days. Why not? This place is probably one of the easiest places on earth to do something like that; I’ve already had so much juice I know it will not be a big deal. Saying no to food will be the hardest part, getting green juices and coconut juice is no biggie. Battle of the mind it is, we shall see how the body likes it! I will keep you posted. Day 1 starting officially tomorrow, but I didn’t eat anything but a turmeric cinnamon shake this evening so I call it started already.

Mmmmmm juice.
Mmmmmm juice.

So far I have been comfortable being settled in Ubud, since we’ve been driving around quite a bit. I have still some comfortable time here before heading off to the shores of Canggu, where the goal is to get someone to teach me how to surf. Posts coming up about The Green School and Big Tree Farms as well as the cleanse and Ubud hoods.

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Simply happy

Sometimes the special things in life make it, well, special. In most occasions, the small things and everyday luxury make me wake up every morning with a big smile on my face. Maybe it’s because I’ve been away for so long, and the city seems to offer old and new people and new flavors to savor day after day, but I am now more happy than I could have imagined! Sometimes I do have to push away the itch in the back of my head that makes me wonder and worry about my next destination, since I do have to admit that the image of Finland in October is not tempting at all, more the opposite.

But, living in the moment and enjoying right now, instead of worrying about the future:

2 am
2 am, I am home

It is never dark. The nature is at its’ best, and it is pretty gorgeous. Except when it’s raining like hell, like yesterday and most of today.

Armas cafe, near produced food in Tampere market hall
Armas cafe, near produced food in Tampere market hall

Seeing old friends and talking for hours in a nice environment. The market hall is definitely one of my favorite places in (any) city.

(Raw) chocolate, probably 2kg of it. OD, anyone?
(Raw) chocolate, probably 2kg of it. OD, anyone?

Damn Good (Nutrient Dense Super) Food. I have been pigging on a daily basis and eating my way towards bigger jeans ever since coming back. I guess there’s worse things to indulge in than antioxidant-rich Food of the Gods (aka cacao) and berries and nuts, just to name a few of my current staples, but I have to admit that together with increased snacking and general food consumption, my activity level has decreased significantly since leaving HK. Trying to find the balance with all the treats within my grasp and the lazyass lifestyle that my dog is teaching me is not that easy!

Life juice, some shrooms and new great friends
Life juice, some shrooms and new great friends

I have never tried sprouts in a juice, or used a juicer before now. I prefer to eat my vegetables, but I do have a thing for dehydrated crackers using the leftover pulp from juices. The shrooms here are slightly different than those I used in Asia, but there are some similarities, too. 😛 And the new friends are the best part of it all!

Other good things right now: The pink kettlebell I bought, the trimmed appearance of my dog, the job (in Finnish only, but ahh the food porn), the view from our balcony, July’s activities, upcoming strawberry picking season(!!), and the list continues.

 

Every morning, day and evening I get to look at this
Every morning, day and evening I get to look at this