It seems like only yesterday I announced I’d be moving to Indonesia. That was 10 months ago, but I can remember that moment so vividly.
Aaron and I were traveling in Colombia at the time, completely unsure about what the future held for us. But when he was offered a job to teach at a university in Jakarta – being the crazy kids that we are – we seized the opportunity to live in a country that we had absolutely loved traveling in.
He signed a one-year contract and three weeks later we were on a plane, bound for Jakarta. Back then, neither of us had ever actually lived in another country, and while we had visited Jakarta briefly during our seven-month backpacking trip to Southeast Asia, we really had no idea what to expect. Back then, one year sounded like such a long amount of time. I honestly never thought my time here would actually come to an end.
But in seven weeks I’m leaving Jakarta…for good.
There have been a lot of exciting life events happening ‘round these parts as of late. Yes, we have officially decided that we will not to stay in Jakarta next year. Last week there was a flurry of plane ticket purchases and at this point we have pretty much finalized our summer travel plans and our plans for the foreseeable future.
So without further ado…
I was just in Bali last month…remember that epic failure of a trip? Well, I’m headed back next week! It turns out one of my favorite people in the world is going to be in Bali on business, so obviously I jumped at the chance to hang out with her.
It’ll be a quick trip, but there is sure to be some wild and fun times. Plus, she’s the first friend I’ve had come to Indonesia since I moved here, so I am beyond excited to see a familiar face and show off the country I’ve called home for the past year.
It will be my final rendezvous with wild and crazy Kuta for the foreseeable future. And I plan to actually visit a few iconic sights around Bali that I’ve neglected to see during my previous four trips there!
I have gushed over and over about how the Philippines is my favorite country in Southeast Asia and how Boracay is hands down one of the best beaches in Southeast Asia. Well folks, I’m headed back to Boracay this summer and I am ecstatic.
Because we didn’t have the chance to have a proper vacation in Indonesia, Aaron and I decided that we could use a nice beach vacation after his job ends in July. And what better place to soak up the sun – and the rum – than in Boracay?
I’m actually really excited to return to one of my favorite places on earth and this time around I promise I will peel myself away from the world-famous White Beach long enough to actually visit some of the other amazing beaches and attractions this tiny island has to offer. I’m excited to actually do a little digging and find out what else there is to do in Boracay. Because I’m pretty sure I missed out on some incredible things during my previous visit in 2014.
We’ve also decided to allot a couple of days to exploring Manila. It’s not a lot of time, but after reading this great post by Dani over at Globetrotter Girls, I’m actually really excited to visit some of the colorful neighborhoods, historical sights and vegetarian restaurants in Manila.
Yup, after nearly one year away from home, I’m going back to my home state for a much needed visit.
As always I’ll be shuttling up and down the southern coast, from my parents’ homes in San Diego to my sisters’ places in Orange Country. Aaron and I will be heading to Los Angeles to visit family and friends. And then we’re headed to his hometown of Ojai for his little brother’s wedding, which I am so excited for. The occasion also doubles as a family reunion for us, so we are jazzed to see the entire family in one place!
During my time back home I am going to make a concerted effort to view these places through the lens of a tourist. I love all of these places but I all too often fail to really appreciate how lucky I am to have grown up there. Southern California is an amazing destination so I will be blogging about San Diego and Ojai. (I realize no one has heard of Ojai, but seriously don’t you people watch The Bachelor? Anyway, I love it there.)
I’m so lucky to have family who lives in the coolest cities on the planet. My big sister lives in Boulder, another one of my all-time favorite cities, and I’m headed there for a very long overdue visit. We already have all kinds of grand plans…hiking, a beer and bicycle tour, farmers market excursions and sessions indulging in all of my favorite foods that I haven’t had access to in Jakarta. How it will actually pan out I’m not sure but I’m so excited to spend a few days hanging out in beautiful Boulder and to have some face-to-face sister bonding time.
So some of you caught on to the fact that something major was in the works given that we had to cancel our big Indonesia trip and hightail it back to Jakarta for a mystery meeting. And obviously I’m not moving back to Jakarta or California.
So what’s next for this travel lush?
Well, I’m going to be a bit of a tease and not reveal my exact plans quite yet. I will say that I won’t be moving back to the States. I’m not saying any more than that, partially because it hasn’t sunk in yet and partially because I’m afraid I’m going to jinx it if I put it out there on the interwebs. I’ll be revealing where I’m moving next very soon, so just hang in there!
What do you have planned for this summer?