To imagine that during the two years we have been together, Erik and I have had the chance to visit New York, Bali, Copenhagen, Nice & Monaco and a lot of different places here in Sweden and in Norway. It sure has been an eventful first two years.


For Erik’s birthday the first year we were together I got him a trip to New York. When his birthday the following year was approaching, I realised it might have been a mistake to start off so big, as I couldn’t give him a trip to the big apple one year and a shirt the next. So after some thought I figured what the hell, he shall get another trip. (I get to tag along after all!) This time I decided Bali would be a nice getaway. 


We had never really talked about Bali so I was quite interested in seeing his reaction to his present. I was a bit nervous, mostly because I had booked the trip without checking with his job schedule, but I told myself he would be a fool not to appreciate it. And my man ain't a fool. Safe to say he appreciated it and it was fun to finally be able to surprise him. I am normally terrible at hiding things and keeping presents a secret.


We stayed at the Kupu Kupu Barong Villas & Tree Spa in Ubud, where we had our own private pool villa. It felt very luxurious having our own place where we could relax and just enjoy doing nothing together. And we did a lot of that. We spent most days relaxing and chilling by the pool, reading. It was just the kind of vacation we needed. 


As part of his birthday present I had reserved a Private ⁠⁠⁠Infinity Pool Dining experience, where we would enjoy a 5 course meal just the two of us set on an infinity pool overlooking the valley and river (although it was too dark to see that during the time of our meal). 


One of the days we visited the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud, the home to about 600 Balinese long-tailed monkeys. Within the forest you also find three temples said to have been built around the middle of the 14th century. However, what perhaps we found the most fascinating was the cemetery, which is used as a temporary resting place for the dead that are awaiting mass cremation which is held every 5 years.


Another excursion we went on was water rafting down the river our resort was overseeing. This was so much fun and I strongly recommend it to everyone. We got went anyway, so when it started raining in the middle of it, it didn't bother us at all. If anything, it made it all seem more magical, going down a river in rain, fully surrounded by thick jungle on both sides. It was brilliant.


I enjoyed visiting Bali. We could have done a lot more touristy stuff than what we did, we could've stayed in a more touristy location where the buzz from the busy nightlife is non-stopping, but this was perfect for us. It was quiet, it was relaxing and it was just us enjoying each other without the stress from our every day life for a week. I totally wouldn't mind going back some day, but for now I am happy to explore other parts of our world before then. Nice to have been, not a must to go back.

Until next time, Renate.