Sabbatical Update

by Matt | 1 Year Sabbatical on January 21, 2013

Pandawa Beach Bali Indonesia

The boys enjoying some beach time at Pandawa beach in Bali.

It’s been quite some time now since I have posted an update.  You may have thought that the sabbatical was long done and finished.  But no, we are now in Bali and have been for about a week now.

So why no updates?

While this site has always been about documenting our sabbatical from start to finish and providing useful information for others who want to embark on a sabbatical of their own, the sabbatical itself has always been about the experience.  And to that end we have been having some really amazing experiences here in Indonesia.

We flew from Bandung a week ago and have been staying in places like Nusa Dua, Benoa, Ubud and Sanur.  Lots of beach time and even a few nights in the jungle.  And this family of 4 has done it without paying more than $300 on accommodations (much more on that later.)

There will be many blog posts coming later.  I currently have 34 drafts sitting in the hopper and we still have several weeks left of our sabbatical.  There is also some other news to share but we I will save that for a later date (yes, I am cruel that way but you will love what we have to share.)

So far in Bali we have:

  • managed to swing 4 and 5 star accommodations using points and limited cash
  • took a boat to Turtle Island and held turtles
  • swam in the warm Indian Ocean (it’s like a bathtub)
  • got sunburn (the tops of my feet are still red after a week)
  • spent two nights at a remote villa in Madangan where we were the only people there
  • met incredible people along the way like our taxi driver and hotel staff
  • ate fresh seafood on the beach in Jimbaran as a thunderstorm rolled closer and lightning flashed out over the ocean
  • fulfilled a dream of riding a motorcycle in Bali (didn’t wreck either)
  • have eaten the most incredible food and enjoyed all the fresh tropical fruit
  • ate babi guling at Ibu Oka in Ubud
  • spent hours with my family playing in the pool
  • evening walks along the beach
  • sitting at a durian stand eating durian while everyone gawked at the bule who actually likes durian

It’s been great and I think we are all a little sad to think about it coming to a close.  Life rolls at a different pace here.  The weather is great.  The people are great. The food is incredible.  I can definitely see why people “go bamboo”.

So stay tuned for much more from our sabbatical.  I’m sorry I haven’t written more but my priorities are in having as many experiences as possible.  The writing comes second.

Cheers from poolside in Nusa Dua Bali.

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Ivan January 22, 2013 at 12:22 am

so happy to see you live your dream my friend, especially with your kids, such a beautiful thing. Love your pics too! Pura vida!
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Matt | 1 Year Sabbatical January 22, 2013 at 5:01 am

It’s been an incredible life changing experience Ivan. Sent you an email with more details.


John Koenig January 22, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Wow Matt! So glad to hear you’re having a fantastic time and it sure sounds like you are. Can’t wait to hear all the details! The boys must be in 7th heaven! Only one question right now….what are you doing “playing in a pool” when you’ve got the warm Indian ocean and beautiful beaches out your front door?! Well, keep soaking up that warm sunshine cause you won’t find it back here in Oregon right now!


Matt | 1 Year Sabbatical January 22, 2013 at 10:36 pm

We are all really enjoying the time here in Bali. And we’ve managed to do it without spending much on accommodations using credit card points. Today we move into a 2 bedroom villa in Sanur on the beach for our final 2 days in Bali.

The pool fun was actually in a remote area of Ubud which is a distance from the ocean. You would have liked it there; very remote and quiet, lots of fruit trees on the grounds, wildlife every where. Very very peaceful. With the exception of one couple who have been there for a year we were the only people in the entire place so it was like we had our own private hotel in the jungle.


John Koenig January 23, 2013 at 1:55 am

Thanks Matt. Hey, one other question. What does the term “go bamboo” mean? I haven’t a clue. Now get back to that beach!


Matt | 1 Year Sabbatical January 26, 2013 at 6:16 am

“Gone bamboo” is a term I first heard referring to military members during the Vietnam war who never went back home. They found the idyllic life for them in a tropical locale. Also, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain wrote a book titled “Gone Bamboo.”


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