After Elizabeth Gilbert published her best-selling novel Eat, Pray, Love, Bali’s tourism numbers shot up as vast numbers of eager readers made the pilgrimage to find their new spiritual self. But is Bali really the mystical realm made out in the books and films?
A group of boys stand on a hill in Bali, Indonesia wearing school uniforms. Bali is an island province east of Jakarta. This photo was taken just outside of Denpasar, the provincial capital.
Between 2010 and 2014 I left Canada to live and work in Seoul, South Korea. I returned to Canada in 2014 after three months of touring Southeast Asia. Here’s why I’m going back to this part of the world that I can’t get out of my head.