Notes from the road – edition 7: Nung Nung Waterfall and meeting The Common Wanderer

Last week was MASSIVE in so many ways. The best way to describe the aftermath of that is to compare it to the wake of a storm.

I landed back in Bali on Tuesday evening, headed straight to my accommodation and have pretty much been playing catch up ever since.

I caught up with Gabe before he left back to New York to pursue some personal projects, said goodbye to Eva who I met at Brown Sugar Surf Camp and have attempted to catch up on sleep and work with varying levels of success.

Amidst the chaos of trying to organise myself for the next month, say goodbye to friends, and catch up on work, I still managed to sneak an adventure in.

With new friends Rik and Jorien I headed out to Nung Nung Waterfall.

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Pay Day

I still don’t think I’ve processed the enormity of this accomplishment, but I got paid for my photography for the first time.

I picked up a proper camera for the first time about two years ago. Soon after, my passion and obsession for the craft grew and grew. To have committed to this life without any guarantee that it would work out was obviously a huge risk. To have that risk begin to pay off, to have things start to fall into place is simply astronomical.

I’m so incredibly grateful. Here are a few snaps from the shoot.

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Meeting my Inspiration

One of the first travel blogs I ever encountered was Mark and Mim from The Common Wanderer. I can boil down the initial spark of inspiration to start my own travel blog to them.

They also happen to be in Bali at the moment, and on Saturday night I had the immense pleasure of getting to meet them. We’ve been chatting over Instagram for a few months and have had a few near encounters, so to finally catch up with them was just so rad. We enjoyed a Mexican feast along with their villa mates, JP and Asja from Travel Leap, who are also amazing humans.

Meeting people you look up to is always a gamble. Due to the nature of our digital world, there is the unfortunate chance that how people portray themselves online is not how they are in real life.

Thankfully, Mark and Mim’s real life impression is just as sweet and genuine as their digital one.

Check out The Common Wanderer and Travel Leap’s Instagram here;

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I still feel a bit scattered. I think the intensity of emotions and experiences from last week has thrown me off and at this stage I’m still finding my balance again. Now that I’m settled in a place and have my routine a bit more worked out, I’m really looking forward to getting back into the swing of things.

Until next week, happy voyaging!