A Much Anticipated Visitor Finally Arrives


If you’ve been following my adventures for a while, then you’ll know that I often crave one thing: the familiar. Being able to experience new things every day every moment is such a unique thrill. But it’s also exhausting. Sometimes I just want the comfort of knowing that Taco Bell is still open at midnight. Knowing that I can buy my favorite brand of conditioner at the grocery store. Or even better, a familiar voice and laugh.

And though I won’t be heading to America anytime soon, part of America is coming to me.

My close friend and coworker from back home flew 24 hours to meet me in Bali, and I couldn’t be more excited about it. We’re about to spend a week of adventure and luxury together.

Y’all. This next week is going to be so good.

Christen didn’t arrive into Bali until 2:30pm. So I thought, “Ok, awesome. Plenty of time to run some errands, get breakfast, get my nails done, and meet her in Kuta.” Question: why do errands always take longer than you think they will?

I began by looking to buy black flip-flops. Nothing fancy, just something that fits my foot. I couldn’t find anything anywhere. My resolve quickly ended when my stomach started growling, so I headed to a super hip, healthy cafe. I got a berry smoothie and a mushroom omelette. It was delicious, but I walked away with most of the blueberry skin caught in my teeth. I love them, but they’re the worst.

I then went to pick up my laundry and get my nails done. When I was ready to head back to my hostel and check out, the afternoon rains began pouring in. Because I had ridden my scooter, my only option was to wait it out.

By the time I finally collected my backpack and got a taxi, the afternoon rush hour was in full swing. Usually Canggu to Kuta would take 30 minutes. But instead, it took me 1 1/2 hours. I love Bali, but their traffic is awful.

But all of this didn’t matter. By the time I opened the hotel room door and heard Christen’s voice, my heart did a happy dance. It’s crazy how someone’s voice can make you feel like you’re home, but that’s exactly what happened. Finally, a piece of familiarity.

We spent the evening catching up, walking along the beach, eating dinner, and exploring Kuta.

I’m so happy she’s here.

Hi, I’m so glad you’re on my site! My name is Meagan, and I write about my traveling adventures and finding beauty in each day. For more info about me, click here!

Meagan Tilley

I believe that every day is a day that matters – even just enjoying the little things. Whether that’s traveling to the top cities across the world or binge watching Gilmore Girls. To read more, click the About Me page!

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