Teacher Training Begins
by guest writer Cristina Gildee
It’s everything I thought it would be. Secluded, lots of stone, woodwork, intricate detailing, lush greenery… I’m living in a travel brochure. The bathroom shower is nothing but large stone pebbles inlaid with dark smooth wooden slats to stand on and the whole bathroom is open. Not exposed, just on side open to the elements from about shoulder level up. I’ll see more in the morning.
We had a long drive in from the airport, at least one hour, and we were all hungry. Poor Chastity lost her luggage, at the airport but we’re going to find it tomorrow. She’s in good spirits anyway. The drive in was nerve wracking. Our driver was truly professional. Lane dividers are apparently optional in Bali, and car horns serve the same purpose as bicycle bells. He wove expertly in and out of hundreds if not thousands of scooter, mopeds and motorcycles all over the road. People were walking in and out of traffic like they had a death wish and the driver only sped up as he passed them.
We arrived at the villa around 7pm, and we were greeted by Ali, her daughter Mathilde, and another yogini I had not yet met, named Jaimeleigh.
They all had their hair corn-rowed, and Mathilde presented each one of us with leis made of either marigolds, or plumeria. They smelled amazing.
Everything here smells amazing, even the towels. We followed our luggage upstairs where we found personalized notes from Ali along with sarongs and sashes for our trip to the temple tomorrow. We went upstairs to the dining room and had a light dinner where I discovered “sambal” which I’m told was “fried spice.” It tasted almost fishy although I was assured there was no fish in it. It was a deep vermillion in color with a hint of tomato and a nice kick. Salad and rice to start followed by an enormous salad with cucumber, tempeh, tofu, steamed cabbage, fresh lettuce, carrots, and peanut dressing. Dessert was some kind of rice flour ball like a mochi ball but softer, rolled in fresh shaved coconut. After dinner we prepared for a light stretching class to fix us from out flight halfway around the world. It was much appreciated. Showers and sleep afterwards and we were lulled to sleep by the sounds of monkeys and crickets. I’m moving in.