Memoirville

EXCERPT: Eat, Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

By Tim Barkow

Hello …. Bali—from chapter 73 of Eat, Pray, Love:

I’ve never had less of a plan in my life than I do upon arrival in Bali. In all my history of careless travels, this is the most carelessly I’ve ever landed anyplace. I don’t know where I’m going to live, I don’t know what I’m going to do, I don’t know what the exchange rate is, I don’t know how to get a taxi at the airportor even where to ask that taxi to take me. Nobody is expecting my arrival. I have no friends in Indonesia, or even friends-of-friends. And here’s the problem about traveling with an out-of-date guidebook, and then not reading it anyway: I didn’t realize that I’m actually not allowed to stay in Indonesia for four months, even if I want to. I find this out only upon entry into the country. Turns out I’m allowed only a one-month tourist visa. It hadn’t occurred to me that the Indonesian government would be anything less than delighted to host me in their country for just as long as I pleased to stay.

As the nice immigration official is stamping my passport with permission to stay in Bali for only and exactly thirty days, I ask him in my most friendly manner if I can please remain longer.

“No,” he says, in his most friendly manner. The Balinese are most famously friendly.

“See, I’m supposed to stay here for three or four months,” I tell him.

I don’t mention that it is a prophecy that my staying here for three or four months was predicted by an elderly and quite possibly demented Balinese medicine man, during a ten-minute palm-reading. I’m not sure how to explain this.

But what did that medicine man tell me, now that I think of it? Did he actually say that I would come back to Bali and spend three or four months living with him? Did he really say “living with” him? Or did he just want me to drop by again sometime if I was in the neighborhood and give him another ten bucks for another palm-reading? Did he say I would come back, or that I should come back? Did he really say, “See you later, alligator”? Or was it, “In a while, crocodile”?

I haven’t had any communication with the medicine man since that one evening. I wouldn’t know how to contact him, anyway. What might his address be? “Medicine Man, On His Porch, Bali, Indonesia”? I don’t know whether he’s dead or alive. I remember that he seemed exceedingly old two years ago when we met; anything could have happened to him since then. All I have for sure is his name Ketut Liyer and the memory that he lives in a village just outside the town of Ubud. But I don’t remember the name of the village.

Maybe I should have thought all this through better.

Pages: 1 2 3

71 responses

  1. Mrs Palm Reader says:

    Sounds quite similar to my travels to South Africa, although I did at least have some family there.
    I managed to stay on as I met my husband there… hope the balinese men are good looking!
    Hey, if you ever need another palm reader just let me know, he he!

  2. K R Binoche says:

    This is the sort of crap americans love! Vacuous waffle! So boring and mediocre! So american! Best Seller in america is great help to Europeans - we know immediately not to buy! Thank you!

  3. yuki says:

    Great books, I saw at Oprah show!

  4. Juvesty Ronaldo says:

    Wow….fantastic…!!
    If i knew you r here (indonesia)..
    I catch You…

    So bali is the best place 4 making ur life better…!!
    Right…!!

  5. SP-F says:

    To K R Binoche

    Oh how painfully right you are.

  6. rosangela ferreira leite santos says:

    olá liz… sou BRASILEIRA e. fiquei comovida com a leitura do teu livro… amei todo o enredo… você verdadeiramente conseguio encontrar a forma da construção interior de um EU forte e fantástico… além do mais ADOREI a sua história-love com FELIPE…. desejo que continue com o mesmo… ele é bom, maravilhoso e verdadeiramente te ama…. estou ansiosa para receber notícias suas resido no interior do Nordeste do BRASIL e só agora tive oportunidade de ler este livro fantástico…. claro ,já se passaram quase 04 anos …. como estás hoje? beijos Rosangela Ferreira( Psicóloga do Ministério Público da Paraíba)-Brasil

  7. rosangela ferreira leite santos says:

    olá liz.. quero respostas tuas….. Rosangela Ferreira (Brazil)

  8. site official says:

    Just want to say your article is as astonishing. The clearness in your post is simply cool and i can assume you are an expert on this subject. Well with your permission let me to grab your RSS feed to keep updated with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please continue the gratifying work.

  9. the home decor store says:

    Thanks , I have just been searching for information approximately this topic for a long time and yours is the greatest I have came upon so far. However, what about the bottom line? Are you certain in regards to the source?

  10. Thanh says:

    It may be Maria here. I actually need state that the topic of the article is very appealing. I’m quite love it! Fantastic job!

  11. contemporary furniture says:

    You made some decent points there. I did a search on the subject and found most people will approve with your site.

  12. mobile home designs says:

    I do believe all of the concepts you’ve presented on your post. They are really convincing and can definitely work. Nonetheless, the posts are too quick for beginners. May just you please extend them a little from subsequent time? Thanks for the post.

  13. real estate attorney says:

    I have been reading out many of your stories and i can state nice stuff. I will make sure to bookmark your website.

  14. spek plat kapal bki says:

    this really answered my problem keep working splendid job fantastic blog article impressing post

  15. latest mobile technology says:

    Wow! Thank you! I continuously needed to write on my site something like that. Can I take a fragment of your post to my website?

  16. home furnishings says:

    Thank you for your entire efforts on this web site. Gloria takes pleasure in getting into research and it is easy to understand why. Almost all know all relating to the compelling way you present both interesting and useful solutions via your web blog and invigorate contribution from website visitors about this matter and our favorite simple princess is certainly studying a lot. Enjoy the remaining portion of the year. You’re carrying out a fantastic job.

  17. www.loftmasters.co.uk says:

    Thank you for another magnificent article. Where else may just anyone get that type of information in such an ideal approach of writing? I’ve a presentation next week, and I’m on the search for such information.

  18. Moses Mckerley says:

    Absolutely pent content, Really enjoyed studying.

  19. Chauncey Abare says:

    you are in reality a just right webmaster. The web site loading velocity is incredible. It sort of feels that you are doing any unique trick. Also, The contents are masterwork. you’ve done a great process on this matter!

  20. Damon Engelhart says:

    http://news.jmls.edu/in-the-loop/1l-charity-event-benefits-neumann-family-services/

  21. Glenn Eagar says:

    http://www2.ucla.edu.ve/blog/xxivcve2015/afiche/

  22. Moshe Wootton says:

    http://rondondopara.pa.gov.br/recuperacao-da-vicinal-santa-lucia/

  23. Hank Gabrielli says:

    hello!,I really like your writing very much! percentage we keep in touch more about your post on AOL? I require an expert in this space to resolve my problem. May be that is you! Taking a look ahead to look you.

  24. Edison Waltermire says:

    Thanks for the sensible critique. Me & my neighbor were just preparing to do some research on this. We got a grab a book from our local library but I think I learned more clear from this post. I’m very glad to see such great information being shared freely out there.

  25. Constantin Kotzev says:

    Bardzo ciekawy tekst z którego dowiedzia?em sie bardzo du?o. Dzieki Constantin Kotzev

  26. Elena Hartlep says:

    It is really a great and useful piece of info. I’m satisfied that you just shared this useful info with us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

  27. Community Health Systems says:

    Hello.This post was really motivating, especially since I was browsing for thoughts on this matter last week.

  28. Business  says:

    Good day very cool website!! Guy .. Excellent .. Amazing .. I will bookmark your web site and take the feeds also¡KI’m happy to find a lot of helpful info here within the put up, we need develop extra techniques on this regard, thank you for sharing. . . . . .

  29. Branding  says:

    I am only writing to make you know what a awesome experience my cousin’s child experienced checking your web page. She even learned so many pieces, which included what it is like to possess an amazing teaching character to let the others very easily know specified specialized things. You undoubtedly surpassed our own expectations. Thanks for providing such invaluable, trustworthy, explanatory and in addition unique tips on your topic to Julie.

  30. Community Health Systems says:

    Hiya, I’m really glad I’ve found this information. Today bloggers publish just about gossips and web and this is really irritating. A good web site with exciting content, that is what I need. Thank you for keeping this web site, I’ll be visiting it. Do you do newsletters? Can not find it.

  31. Business Intelligence  says:

    I have to show appreciation to this writer for rescuing me from this setting. As a result of exploring throughout the online world and finding suggestions that were not pleasant, I assumed my life was gone. Existing minus the solutions to the difficulties you have solved as a result of your report is a serious case, and the kind that might have negatively damaged my career if I hadn’t encountered the website. Your training and kindness in playing with all the details was useful. I don’t know what I would have done if I had not encountered such a stuff like this. I’m able to now look forward to my future. Thanks a lot so much for this expert and result oriented help. I won’t hesitate to propose your web sites to anybody who should receive recommendations on this problem.

  32. Auto Repair says:

    Good blog! I really love how it is simple on my eyes and the data are well written. I am wondering how I could be notified whenever a new post has been made. I’ve subscribed to your RSS feed which must do the trick! Have a nice day!

  33. Carpet Installation  says:

    Thanks for the sensible critique. Me & my neighbor were just preparing to do some research on this. We got a grab a book from our area library but I think I learned more from this post. I’m very glad to see such magnificent information being shared freely out there.

  34. Living Room Furniture  says:

    Thank you for the sensible critique. Me & my neighbor were just preparing to do some research on this. We got a grab a book from our area library but I think I learned more clear from this post. I’m very glad to see such great information being shared freely out there.

  35. Sleeper Sofa  says:

    I carry on listening to the reports lecture about getting free online grant applications so I have been looking around for the finest site to get one. Could you tell me please, where could i find some?

  36. Braided Rugs  says:

    Thanks for the sensible critique. Me and my neighbor were just preparing to do a little research on this. We got a grab a book from our area library but I think I learned more from this post. I’m very glad to see such wonderful info being shared freely out there.

  37. Bedroom Furniture  says:

    Thanks for any other magnificent article. Where else may just anybody get that kind of info in such a perfect method of writing? I’ve a presentation subsequent week, and I am on the look for such info.

  38. Daniella Purtill says:

    I do accept as true with all the ideas you’ve presented on your post. They are really convincing and will definitely work. Still, the posts are very short for starters. May just you please extend them a bit from next time? Thanks for the post.

  39. Alonso Vieyra says:

    Hello my loved one! I wish to say that this post is amazing, great written and come with almost all vital infos. I’d like to see more posts like this.

  40. Denis Serrao says:

    Thank you for sharing excellent informations. Your web site is very cool. I’m impressed by the details that you’ve on this site. It reveals how nicely you understand this subject. Bookmarked this web page, will come back for more articles. You, my pal, ROCK! I found simply the information I already searched all over the place and just couldn’t come across. What a great web site.

  41. Maire Doliveira says:

    I think you have noted some very interesting details , thanks for the post.

  42. Ernestina Brunecz says:

    fantastic issues altogether, you simply won a new reader. What may you suggest about your post that you made some days in the past? Any certain?

  43. tutaj says:

    Keep functioning ,great odpdoss job!

  44. czytaj calosc tutaj says:

    Thanks for your post pdokkfif. What I want to say is that while searching for a good on the net electronics retail outlet, look for a web page with entire information on important factors such as the level of privacy statement, protection details, any payment guidelines, and various terms in addition to policies. Often take time to see the help in addition to FAQ sections to get a better idea of the way the shop operates, what they can perform for you, and ways in which you can make the most of the features.

  45. http://bestmattressreviewsandratings.com/ says:

    How do you delete your blog comment that you left on someone else blog?

  46. Florencio Santa says:

    11/2/2016 @ 19:48:23: lorem ipsum smithmag.net

  47. dry wizard says:

    A eastern husband was thought to exist around 950 many many years by making use of spices. Are these claims possibly valid? Could this be permissible.

  48. lavavajillas in english says:

    MONFRI S.L. es una firma fundada en el año 1.964, dedicada desde siempre al acondicionamiento del aire y frío industrial. Reparación Vitrocerámicas Alcobendas, servicio técnico de reparación vitrocerámicas Alcobendas está especializado en solucionar todas las averías que se presenten, tales como: No enciende la vitrocerámica, no calienta, saltan los plomos diferencial, no calienta un fuego de la vitrocerámica, no funciona el temporizador, no funciona el selector de temperatura, no calienta la resistencia, botonera mal, sale código de error, se queda bloqueado.

  49. Peter Schlereth says:

    I think you have noted some very interesting details , appreciate it for the post.

  50. Sirena Mccaleb says:

    Absolutely pent articles, Really enjoyed reading through.

  51. Venetta Lacosse says:

    You could certainly see your skills within the work you write. The sector hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who are not afraid to say how they believe. At all times go after your heart. “In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from.” by Peter Ustinov.

  52. Lach Orthodontic Specialists says:

    I conclude that stamina is all about a state of mental faculties. And yet meals in addition to health and well being can help from this It is my opinion it is really the mental attitude. Everthing comes down to making them consider that they were really of value.

  53. Gabriel Bilchak says:

    Some genuinely quality posts on this internet site , saved to favorites .

  54. Irish Zielke says:

    My spouse and i ended up being absolutely cheerful when Jordan managed to finish up his studies via the ideas he gained out of the site. It is now and again perplexing to just always be giving freely methods that many other people could have been selling. And we know we now have the writer to give thanks to for this. The specific explanations you made, the easy site menu, the friendships you help instill - it’s everything great, and it’s letting our son in addition to us recognize that that issue is pleasurable, which is highly mandatory. Many thanks for the whole thing!

  55. Shaun Schub says:

    Pero lo más importante es que existe una cultura de trato al cliente extendida entre todos los miembros del Servicio BSH al Cliente: operamos en el mercado con marcas fuertes, de prestigio, como Bosch, Siemens, Gaggenau, Neff, Ufesa y Balay; ofrecemos electrodomésticos de alta eficiencia energética y nuestro objetivo es proporcionar una atención fiable, cercana y segura a quienes han confiado en nosotros”.

  56. Dr. Snooze says:

    One thing they did say about the woman though was that she hated drinking, which is could be why she lived so long. Impressive when you think about it.

  57. Imogene Hougland says:

    Whether you purchase them locally or worldwide, you’re running a threat of having costs pushed versus you.

  58. Benjamin Shahin says:

    Merely wanna remark that you have a very nice site, I love the pattern it actually stands out.

  59. Google says:

    The information and facts talked about inside the write-up are a few of the top readily available.

  60. Google says:

    The time to read or check out the subject material or web pages we’ve linked to below.

  61. Mariam Caligari says:

    I went over this site and I think you have a lot of superb info, saved to my bookmarks (:.

  62. Rozella Luccous says:

    Perfectly composed content material, Really enjoyed looking through.

  63. Gene Moessner says:

    Hey There. I discovered your blog the usage of msn. This is an extremely neatly written article. I’ll make sure to bookmark it and return to learn more of your helpful info. Thanks for the post. I’ll definitely comeback.

  64. Gabriele Duberstein says:

    Very interesting details you have observed , appreciate it for putting up. “Above all be true to yourself, and if you can not put your heart in it, take yourself out of it.” by Hardy D. Jackson.

  65. Louann Gomaz says:

    Hey There. I discovered your weblog the usage of msn. That is a really neatly written article. I’ll make sure to bookmark it and return to learn extra of your helpful info. Thanks for the post. I will definitely return.

  66. Gaynelle Watkinson says:

    What i do not understood is in reality how you are no longer really a lot more smartly-preferred than you might be right now. You’re very intelligent. You understand thus significantly in terms of this subject, produced me individually imagine it from so many varied angles. Its like women and men don’t seem to be involved until it is one thing to do with Woman gaga! Your own stuffs great. All the time care for it up!

  67. www.zhp.radom.pl says:

    I genuinely enjoy reading through on this internet site, it has wonderful articles. “Don’t put too fine a point to your wit for fear it should get blunted.” by Miguel de Cervantes.

  68. Ernest Auerbach says:

    Great blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers? I’m hoping to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you suggest starting with a free platform like Wordpress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m completely confused .. Any recommendations? Cheers!

  69. Brittanie Mennie says:

    I think that is one of the such a lot significant info for me. And i am glad studying your article. But wanna remark on some normal things, The website taste is ideal, the articles is in point of fact excellent : D. Good activity, cheers

  70. Ellie Boklund says:

    There are definitely plenty of details like that to take into consideration. That could be a nice point to bring up. I offer the ideas above as basic inspiration however clearly there are questions like the one you bring up where the most important factor will probably be working in honest good faith. I don?t know if best practices have emerged round things like that, however I am certain that your job is clearly identified as a fair game. Each girls and boys feel the impression of just a second’s pleasure, for the remainder of their lives.

  71. Kristopher Gruzinsky says:

    Wow! This can be one particular of the most beneficial blogs We’ve ever arrive across on this subject. Basically Excellent. I am also a specialist in this topic therefore I can understand your effort.

Leave a Reply

The name you want displayed with your comment.

Emails are not published with comments (i.e., everyone won't see it).

Your Website. This is optional.

 
SMITH Magazine

SMITH Magazine is a home for storytelling.
We believe everyone has a story, and everyone
should have a place to tell it.
We're the creators and home of the
Six-Word Memoir® project.