The Virtual Vacation: Laura's Traveling Blog

I kept a blog during the first writer's retreat I led in Bali and people loved getting my updates about diving, Balinese culture, taking risks, learning about the religion, daily adventures and much more. People told me later it was almost as good as being on the trip. I'll be creating this blog again this year in Bali...and later, in Scotland. You can subscribe to my updates at www.lauradavis.net.
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"Today was one of the "Seeing Scotland" days on our trip. Our first stop was Clava Cairns, a Bronze Age, a 4000-year-old archeological site with burial cairns and ancient standing stones..." Read the rest of this post at the Virtual Vacation Blog by double clicking on the image above.

"Today was one of the "Seeing Scotland" days on our trip. Our first stop was Clava Cairns, a Bronze Age, a 4000-year-old archeological site with burial cairns and ancient standing stones..." Read the rest of this post at the Virtual Vacation Blog by double clicking on the image above.

"I’m sitting on one of the old, soft couches in the lobby area of Newbold House, in the midst of all of my belongings. My soft black duffel bag is packed to the brim. To my right, my backpack is bulging with my international power strip adapter, my iPad, my laptop, a toothbrush, my travel pillow, and a bottle of Speyside Glenlivet single malt whisky, aged 12 years..." Read the rest of this post at the Virtual Vacation Blog by double clicking on the image above.

"I’m sitting on one of the old, soft couches in the lobby area of Newbold House, in the midst of all of my belongings. My soft black duffel bag is packed to the brim. To my right, my backpack is bulging with my international power strip adapter, my iPad, my laptop, a toothbrush, my travel pillow, and a bottle of Speyside Glenlivet single malt whisky, aged 12 years..." Read the rest of this post at the Virtual Vacation Blog by double clicking on the image above.

"The Findhorn Foundation describes itself as, 'a spiritual community, ecovillage and international center for holistic education,' Their mission is to 'help unfold a new human consciousness and create a positive and sustainable future.'"  Read the rest of this post at the Virtual Vacation Blog by double clicking on the image above.

"The Findhorn Foundation describes itself as, 'a spiritual community, ecovillage and international center for holistic education,' Their mission is to 'help unfold a new human consciousness and create a positive and sustainable future.'" Read the rest of this post at the Virtual Vacation Blog by double clicking on the image above.

"Since I knew we were scheduled to go on an outing today—to the Nairn Highland Games—I gave this homework at the end of writing class this morning: 'Find out something specific about Scottish culture—how a tradition began, why people wear tartans, how Scots feel about their bagpipes, where kilts come from, what haggis is..'" Read the rest of this post at the Virtual Vacation Blog by double clicking on the image above.

"Since I knew we were scheduled to go on an outing today—to the Nairn Highland Games—I gave this homework at the end of writing class this morning: 'Find out something specific about Scottish culture—how a tradition began, why people wear tartans, how Scots feel about their bagpipes, where kilts come from, what haggis is..'" Read the rest of this post at the Virtual Vacation Blog by double clicking on the image above.

"Today was our free day in Ubud. Everyone was free to choose whatever activities they wanted for the day. Choices included: time to write and wander, time to shop, bike trips down from the top of a mountain, white water rafting, cooking classes, visiting a healer (a real one, not one of the Eat, Pray, Love hype healers), salon or spa treatments, body work.." Read the rest of this post at the Virtual Vacation Blog by double clicking on the image above.

"Today was our free day in Ubud. Everyone was free to choose whatever activities they wanted for the day. Choices included: time to write and wander, time to shop, bike trips down from the top of a mountain, white water rafting, cooking classes, visiting a healer (a real one, not one of the Eat, Pray, Love hype healers), salon or spa treatments, body work.." Read the rest of this post at the Virtual Vacation Blog by double clicking on the image above.

"The basic schedule of this retreat, (on the days we aren’t heading out on a major outing) is writing group in the morning, free time all afternoon between lunch and dinner, and writing class in the evening. Open afternoons are important—they give people time to digest, to integrate, to spend time alone..." Read the rest of this post at the Virtual Vacation Blog by double clicking on the image above.

"The basic schedule of this retreat, (on the days we aren’t heading out on a major outing) is writing group in the morning, free time all afternoon between lunch and dinner, and writing class in the evening. Open afternoons are important—they give people time to digest, to integrate, to spend time alone..." Read the rest of this post at the Virtual Vacation Blog by double clicking on the image above.

"Every morning at 7:35 AM, there is meditation up in the sanctuary at Newbold House. It’s for the residents of the house, but as guests, we are all invited. After the meditation is a half hour of Taize singing—devotional singing from around the world, sung in four-part harmony..." Read the rest of this post at the Virtual Vacation Blog by double clicking on the image above.

"Every morning at 7:35 AM, there is meditation up in the sanctuary at Newbold House. It’s for the residents of the house, but as guests, we are all invited. After the meditation is a half hour of Taize singing—devotional singing from around the world, sung in four-part harmony..." Read the rest of this post at the Virtual Vacation Blog by double clicking on the image above.

"On my last free afternoon before the retreat was due to begin, Eileene and I decided to hike out to the local distillery for a tour. Christopher from Newbold House gave me a long set of walking instructions that included passing over a dam without water, keeping a stream that we hardly ever saw on our right, and finding a pathway where a railroad track used to be..." Read the rest of this post at the Virtual Vacation Blog by double clicking on the image above.

"On my last free afternoon before the retreat was due to begin, Eileene and I decided to hike out to the local distillery for a tour. Christopher from Newbold House gave me a long set of walking instructions that included passing over a dam without water, keeping a stream that we hardly ever saw on our right, and finding a pathway where a railroad track used to be..." Read the rest of this post at the Virtual Vacation Blog by double clicking on the image above.

"Some things that need to be seen and experienced to be truly felt, and Newbold House is one of them. I’d been looking at pictures of Newbold House for months, but seeing it two-dimensionally in pixels didn't compare to the visceral experience of walking inside the big front doors and feeling the grounded power of the place..." Read the rest of this post at the Virtual Vacation Blog by double clicking on the image above.

"Some things that need to be seen and experienced to be truly felt, and Newbold House is one of them. I’d been looking at pictures of Newbold House for months, but seeing it two-dimensionally in pixels didn't compare to the visceral experience of walking inside the big front doors and feeling the grounded power of the place..." Read the rest of this post at the Virtual Vacation Blog by double clicking on the image above.

"We had a bit of a strange night last night. We had tickets to see A Winter’s Tale at the Fringe Festival. We’d scoped out the venue, gotten our tickets and showed up ten minutes before show time. The theatre, like all of Edinburgh this month, was crammed with advertisements for theatre. It was a small theatre and we sat in the front row..." Read the rest of this post at the Virtual Vacation Blog by double clicking on the image above.

"We had a bit of a strange night last night. We had tickets to see A Winter’s Tale at the Fringe Festival. We’d scoped out the venue, gotten our tickets and showed up ten minutes before show time. The theatre, like all of Edinburgh this month, was crammed with advertisements for theatre. It was a small theatre and we sat in the front row..." Read the rest of this post at the Virtual Vacation Blog by double clicking on the image above.

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