If I have to wear a bow at least get me the front cover!
Cantik had to wait until the end of the year but he got his way. What a year it’s been. One of new adventures with loads of fun and friendship. Thank you for making it so great.
It’s always good to relive a year, I hope you take the time to do so for yourself. Here’s how we rolled…..
We got lost in the simplicity of our bamboo cabins, fell in love with our hammocks, and wondered how we let life get so complicated. We cheered each other on as we hiked across the island. We snorkelled amongst amazing reefs and Jo had us rolling out our yoga mats on a pier over hanging the ocean.
Undefeated by high seas we took to the skies on a private plane, arriving in style on a dirt runway. We took thrilling boats rides and travel by Tuk Tuk became the norm.
We did our best to solve the mystery of the disappearing Havianas and spelt out Timor-Leste in human form on the beach. There were hysterical laughs (thanks Marissa) amongst much reflection and we lived our version of the go to book ‘9 Perfect Strangers’.
Meeting locals who may be monetarily poor, yet rich in life, we learnt that smiles are the same in every language and best of all, we watched on as Kabal grew into a worldly traveller.
We mastered the art of walking poles on knockout hikes, powered by e-bikes we conquered the 21 hairpins of the famous Alp d’Huez.
Freshly baked baguettes and the very best local cheeses were devoured every single day, we embraced ‘picnic luxe’ style and lost count of the number of Rose De Givré cocktails ordered at Café de Paris.
Jo had us doing ‘Poleates’ (that’s Pilates using walking poles) at 2000m, with jaw dropping scenery for a backdrop. We gulped in the mountain air, slid a little in the snow, climbed up a waterfall and cooled down with sunset dips in the lake.
We felt so at home with Pauline and Eric, our wonderful hosts in their chalet built in 1750. An impromptu night of tap dance (thanks Ella) and song went down as one to never forget.
It wasn’t hard for Jo to get us on ‘island time’ as we paddled around turquoise waters with not a care in the world.
We found our balance and gave our core a workout in SUP Yoga, turned the local jetty into a Barre studio and got a little salty in beach workouts. We breathed in the serenity of Yoga beside a waterfall, embraced an hilarious crossing of a river on a ‘floating’ bamboo raft and more than enjoyed a little poolside reading.
We braved the Kava ceremonies with the local chief, doing our best to imitate the powerful hand clapping that accompanies each cup of the muddy brew being gulped down.
Spoilt by our private chefs we dined on fabulous fusion Fiji/Indian food, did the best sunset jumps, had beach picnics and danced by firelight on our final night.
Sharing our ‘best moment of the day’ over dinner as a group brought a fresh perspective to every day.
Epic, exciting, thoughtful, confronting and at times downright funny, those moments reminded us to be in love with life.
2018 was a year I know I will look back on as the start to a new chapter in my life.
I took myself out of one story and started the next.
I could not have done it without you. Thank You ❤ Karen & Cantik