This series of posts follows Fi and her family as they plan a 6 month family getaway to Uluwatu, Bali. If you want to know more or catch up on previous entries, visit the first post in the series here: Family Tropical Adventure in Bali.
Guest post by Fiona from Destination Bali
It’s all in the timing.
After a wonderful chat with a writer friend, a weekend away, and a book loan (Why you are Australian by Nikki Gemmell), the idea of this blog, and what this 6 month trip to Bali is all about, is a lot more consolidated. Although consolidated is a seems a very staid word and it’s a lot more exciting than that.
Initially when I started this journey, I thought the challenge would be actually getting the idea off the ground and taking the plunge. So that means, checking the finances, finding someone to mind the house and making sure the pets are happy and cared for.
The concept of a 6 month family holiday to Bali is turning into so much more than just a list of particulars. We had the offer to visit an orphanage, and possibly send the children to a local school for a few days. The correspondence school programme here in Australia looks amazing, and I am keen to try it too.
I have noticed we tend to think of life as before Bali and after Bali. It has been a watershed year for us as a family. We have come to the end of a decade of nappies, babies and toddlers; our family has grown and we have adjusted with all that comes with it. The next decade will be about watching the children grow into the people they will become. This is both exciting and daunting; it all has happened so fast!
The cat is almost out of the bag with so many people mentioning the trip when the kids are around. The aim we give them each a journal, a passport and a handwritten letter about our plan for after Christmas. Never has Christmas felt so far away!
I’m off to another passport interview on Monday. Five applications! What are the odds they all get through?