Bali - Nusa Dua highlights

We had the most wonderful time in Bali on our 3rd paragliding trip with the Temple pilots. Though we come from different backgrounds - our shared love of flying and having fun has bonded us forever to our friends at Temple Pilots. 

For the prior two trips we stayed in Kuta to be close to the action but this time around we stayed in sleepy Nusa Dua which was a nice change of pace. 

A few snapshot highlights from the trip. 

Every evening out with this crowd was a fun adventure as we tried a new restaurant each evening. I always ordered the freshly caught grilled seafood platter with french fries on the side - the seafood in Bali is fantastic!

Kingsley and I had one night where it ended up just being the two of us and had a romantic dinner on the beach at Kendi Kuning.  I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who is staying in Nusa Dua. It was our favorite restaurant from the trip. 

Pool playtime at the Mercure Hotel after a long day of flying. 

Bali - Himalayan Yoga

Our first morning in Bali we arranged to have a 90 minute himalayan yoga session with David West which was fun. It was interesting to learn this paticular series of postures and of course I enjoyed working a bit more on my headstand and even tried my first handstand! 

Bali - Paragliding Flights

Kingsley and I were fortunate enough to be invited to join the Temple Pilots again for their annual Bali Paragliding trip.  We have enjoyed some amazing friendships over the last few years of paragliding and love that we have been embraced by the crowd. 

Avi and Anita who run the Temple Pilots school have just started a blog and I loved Avi's post from our time in Bali.

Check out Avi's blog to read more details of flying in Bali.

Here is a great excerpt from one of his posts.  I think it sums up Paragliding in Bali perfectly.

Time-Out from work has been working wonders to get a sensible perspective on life n myself. I am able to dig my heels deep in the Bali sands and just be.
There's so much going on all around n so much to process but yes, a breath at a time, moment to moment, in the mystical Now, there's peace n plenty.
Bali for me is now a homely heaven since Anita n me have been visiting it regularly for around ten years. Its a Hindu island n the locals religiously pray twice a day n there are bigger prayer ceremonies every second day, So you can imagine the kind of energy the resort island has.

People here are humble, affectionate and would genuinely greet you with authentic smiles every time they meet you, well mostly. It's the people energy that makes a place welcoming or otherwise n Bali is rich, its easy to fall in love with Bali.
Flying is rather leisurely, laminar sea breeze, super smooth conditions, stunning scenery while flying the southern coastline and the famous Bintang beer to boot.
Yesterday we had an amazing first day of flying at Timbis, the flying site.