Vince came to stay with us for a month at Rumah Jepun.
I’d known him for years, back in London, but it was nice to have some quality time with him here in Bali.
We went out into the rice fields where Yaniq played some songs on the guitar under a roofless sky (apparently the roof had blown off of Cafe Pomegranate in the high winds just a day or so beforehand).
This whole area used to be just rice fields stretching into the distance.
In the last few years a lot of westerners have built houses in the rice paddies, reducing the expanse of beautiful views. Plenty still remain, but for how long?
We took a few trips out together with Vince… to the beach, up to the mountains, to temples, a waterfall and a traditional village, not to mention fitting in a couple of parties, one of which included a ceremony – complete with traditional Balinese dancers.
While at another party we were entertained by Agung, the fire juggling barman.
Vince bought, not one, but four paintings while he was here – supporting local artists, now that’s what I like to hear.
He even took part in a ‘Manifesting your Vision’ day at White Lotus Yoga and Meditation studio (I did that the previous year – you can read all about it by clicking here).
He stayed at my house, Rumah Jepun, in the Lotus View Room and met my other guests who stayed in the River View Room.
We went to this traditional village with Bianca from Australia and to Goa Gajah temple with Christine, also from Australia, and Vince danced salsa with Marne from Canada and came to watch Yaniq play in Kuta too.
At the coffee plantation I found him sitting on a particularly interesting chair. It had been intricately carved and had a rather nice backdrop of the jungle smothered valley.
He came to Bali from Thailand and is then heading out to Australia, America, Panama and Antiga – nice trip Vince… but before you leave Bali, try some smoked duck in banana leaf – yum.
Oh and don’t forget to show us your skill with a pool cue…
Vince – we hope to see you next time you swing by Bali (no, that wasn’t meant to be a reference to the monkeys in the local forest!) – for The Further Adventures of Vincent!
If you want to follow his footsteps and come and stay at Rumah Jepun just contact me for availability and rates at: firstname.lastname@example.org