Water bubbles in a pool at Cretya, Ubud, Bali 2022 taken with Canon R6 and Aquatech Water housing
Bubbles in a pool at Crete, Ubud, Bali 2022 taken with Canon R6 and Aquatech Warehousing

A very short “Hello” from me. I’m still here. And, like in the photo I’m coming up for air. A photo I took in the most amazing pool in Cretya, Ubud, Bali where you can go swimming and have a beautiful view of the rice terraces. They also have a waterfall there, that’s where I took the photo. Close by there’s a place where you can take those photos where you’re sitting in a swing and you’re swinging above the rice terraces. And now it struck me again, I’ve been to amazing places and done spectacular things. Something I could not imagine when growing up in the north of Sweden. But it’s possible.

I’ve been, and I am, still super busy. Hoping to go swimming soon and enjoy the summer in Sweden. It’s been some intense past months, but I think I see the surface. And that, is enough for today.

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108 responses to “Bubbles”

  1. Genial. Mucha envidia nos das. Disfruta del verano y los viajes. ๐Ÿต๏ธ๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ’๐ŸŒบ๐ŸŒท

    • ยกGracias! ยกLo harรฉ y espero que tรบ tambiรฉn disfrutes de un verano de viajes! ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŠโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฟ

  2. Your short hello goes a long way with some people โœŒ๏ธโœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’™. I love that you came up for air to give an update about how you are doing and also to share that precious snapshot of the bubbles created when you were literally coming up for air in the Crete/Ubud/Bali pool

    [YOU ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’• ]: “Close by thereโ€™s a place where you can take those photos where youโ€™re sitting in a swing and youโ€™re swinging above the rice terraces.”

    [ME]: that’s not something you see everyday ๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ฒ — very awesome way to explore that side of Crete ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜†

    [YOU ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•]: “And now it struck me again, Iโ€™ve been to amazing places and done spectacular things. Something I could not imagine when growing up in the north of Sweden. But itโ€™s possible.”

    [ME]: That’s a beautiful thought; you had no idea what was coming when you were that young and yet, look at what you have done ๐Ÿ˜†โ˜บ๏ธ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน. You had truly unforgettable times and memories throughout the years you have been traveling and even capture some priceless moments forever through your photos ๐ŸŽž๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ–ผ.

    • Yes, Iโ€™ve seen some amazing things. Just a small correction, itโ€™s not Crete in Greece. But, Iโ€™ve been there too ๐Ÿคฟ๐Ÿ˜น the place thatโ€™s also a restaurant is called Cretya and is in Ubud in Bali, Indonesia. Or, has auto correct been “correcting” things again ๐Ÿซฃ

      • ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ true, it looks like the auto correct kicked in because “Crete” was there instead of Cretya lol. But I adore the fact that you had a wonderful experience and that you’re fond of all of the memories ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿค—. It’s truly inspiring.

      • Well, both places are great so Iโ€™d be happy wherever I would end up. But. Might be disappointing for some ๐Ÿ˜ฟ๐Ÿ˜ธ

      • I know you would; you’re just that incredible ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ’ž

        But we are for the people, and it’s definitely not going to be “fun” being in no-mans-land looking for a place that doesn’t actually exist there because of bad “directions”. Disappointing to say the least ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜….

      • You are welcome, cutie ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ˜„. I appreciate the update. Auto correct loves to put words in our mouth ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿคญ

      • And I think, or at least hopes, that everybody knows by now what auto correct can do to a text. Of course, I should have proof read the text more carefully. But, just wanted to show a sign of life on my blog ๐Ÿ˜„

      • Hahaha, I totally understand and trust me, everybody knows and that’s what’s so annoying about them ๐Ÿ˜…. Like genuine “typos”, they just show up when you least expect lol

      • What might be even more confusing for auto correct is that I switch so often between English and Swedish. And places all over the world thrown into my blog posts. Itโ€™s like Google that assumes I want my search results in Swedish even if I do the search in English because the results are usually so much better ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿคซ๐Ÿค”

      • Exactly ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ, I couldn’t agree with you more about the similarities of google’s algorithm and the auto correct LOL. That is surely a real concern considering that your site is all about introducing people to new places, cultures and things like that.

      • Thatโ€™s absolutely correct, itโ€™s a big beautiful world out there which I hope people realize. And that they stop destroying it. Letโ€™s hope so!

      • You can say that again โฃโฃ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜„ . So many incredible places to see that may be in jeopardy because of carelessness and inconsiderate practices ๐Ÿ˜…

      • Oh there are so many threats to nature, people and land. Like The Maldives for example, their old culture and all the islands might disappear if not something is done very soon. Going to write more about that in a blog post Iโ€™ve been working on forever ๐Ÿ’ป

      • Yes these are significant issues ๐Ÿ’ฏ. Situations like the Islands in the Maldives disappearing due to erosion or rising sea levels, is like “nature taking it’s course” and these types of ecological transformations happen from time to time throughout earth’s history. But the environmental impact that humans have on landscapes, wildlife and even on ourselves, is a whole other kind of problem ๐Ÿ˜…โš โ€ผ.

      • Well yes, but the Maldivian culture and islands are old and to imagine that all of the around 1200 islands would disappear is incredibly sad.

      • Yes, that would be an incredibly irreplaceable loss ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ. Lets hope that they stick around for much longer than we think and we can be careful not to contribute to the acceleration of their dwindling ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜‡.

        I am wowed by the number of islands, I was thinking the number to be roughly around 10 at best ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„

      • Yes, there are sooo many islands in The Maldives. Around 200 of them are inhabited, and some of them are very small. But still, they should not be drowned by the sea. Actually, I think that, the Maldivian government have made an petition to the world to help with the effects caused by climate change.

      • That’s a very unique place ๐Ÿ’ฏโœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ฎ. The issues it faces are a massive undertaking that would require lots of time, resources and manpower.

      • Yes ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ˜„, that’s what I meant. The efforts needed are grand ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

      • Great ๐Ÿ‘ itโ€™s good that people understand that the environmental problems the world are facing has to be solved on a global level and not to dismiss it as a local problem for example in countries like Bangladesh and The Maldives who are experiencing flooding due to climate change.

      • I agree, we should all care about the environment but alot of the instances that are used as examples of climate change just seem to be hysteria ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜„.

        Sometimes when you actually look into the history of the circumstance, many of these areas have already had a long long histories of being affected by severe flooding or drought (in some instances). It’s just that people make the situation more of a “mess” by the manmade things they “add” or “remove” (old cars, darlins being clogged etc etc) but it’ snot an indication that the natural earth’s climate itself is necessarily changed.

        But I do agree that things like wastage of water, food, deforestation, and other issues like throwing plastic or manufactured objects into the ocean that can trap or poison marine life and damage the reefs etc, are real problems.

      • Indeed it is. Sometimes people treat the seas, rivers and lakes like their own trash can and throw their waste there. Which is really a government problem because there arenโ€™t any places to dispose of garbage. And then it just goes on and on. Itโ€™s really terrifying that humans have almost managed to destroy the earth in one century. Letโ€™s just hope that the damages, done to the earth, are reversible ๐Ÿคž

      • Yup, you nailed it ๐Ÿ”จ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜†. I also second your closing sentiments and would add that there is no doubt that, with humans out of the way, nature will rebound at an exponential rate ๐ŸŽ‹๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿชธ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ’จ๐ŸŒณโ˜€๐Ÿ™Œโ˜บ๏ธ. Nature can take care of itself, so all that needs to happen is for more responsable and environmentally conscious habits and mindsets to become more prevalent ๐Ÿ’ฏโœŒ๏ธโœŒ๏ธ.

      • Itโ€™s just a bit difficult since there are still humans around and soon the damages caused by us are irreversible. ๐Ÿฅฒ

      • When I said humans “out of the way” I didn’t mean anything “sinister” ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. I just thought I should clarify that lol.

        I just meant that without the damages that humans are doing, nature would sort of “replenish” itself when it comes to certain things.

        But you are totally right, we really don’t want to contribute to destruction on the environment that is irreversible ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ˜„.

      • Well, I think that nature would benefit if humans were out of the way. Literary. But, that would also be really sad. And, just a little info. One of my favourite songs, I’ve got many, are “Astro Zombies” by Misfits. Look up the lyrics if you’ve got time. I sort of agree with them ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • ๐Ÿ’ฏ% agree with that.

        Don’t get me wrong. I did mean nature would do very well with humans out of the way literally, but I didn’t mean “out of the way” because humans destroyed themselves or anything like that. I just meant humans having alot more respect for nature and not damaging it so much lol

        Thanks for the musical recommendation ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜„. I need to put that song in my “playlist” and see what’s up ๐ŸŽผ๐ŸŽง๐ŸŽธ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

      • “Atleast according to me๐Ÿ˜‰”

        Hahaa that makes all the difference … to me ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚

        We therefore award Astro Zombies the unofficial Environmentally Conscious Anthem of all time ๐Ÿ†๐ŸŽŠ๐Ÿต๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ˜‚

      • Indeed ๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿ˜ƒ, it’s worth a shot plus “it’s as for a good cause” ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ˜‚

      • Perhaps ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ˜‚, but I’m more interested in your mood ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜.

        It’s great to hear from you again and I hope you have a lovely day and week ahead ๐Ÿ’˜๐ŸŒน

      • Thanks ๐Ÿ™ I’m enjoying a great day in the great indoors! It’s probably going to rain soon so I have the perfect excuse to stay inside. And, I’ve got a summer job next to my favourite river Torneรคlven this month so I’m even busier than usual ๐Ÿ˜น hope you’re good too!

      • You are welcome ๐Ÿ’ŒโœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿค—.

        I think you may have a cozy time if the rain does come, not to mention how the rain water could also replenish our legendary Torneรคlven river ๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿ˜น.

        Kudos to you for scoring a summer Job; you will be busier but also richer ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜

        Yes I am very good, thank you ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿฅฐ

      • Great that youโ€™re good too! Been having a very nice time. Planning my next trip to warmer waters. And a place that was used as an expression for coffee in older times ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Getting to enjoy warmer waters would be pure paradise LOL

        “And a place that was used as an expression for coffee in older times ๐Ÿ˜‰”

        Hmmm ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”. You mean a Cafe? ๐Ÿ˜น๐Ÿคญ

      • Hahaha lets you really got me with this one. If it’s not Cafe, I have ran out of ideas already LOL

        According to what I look up on wikipedia today:

        “A cafรฉ is a type of restaurant which typically serves coffee and tea, in addition to light refreshments such as baked goods or snacks. The term “cafรฉ” comes from the French word meaning “coffee”.”

        So if “Cafe” doesn’t fit the description of a place that was used as an expression for coffee in older times, I have no idea what will ๐Ÿ˜„. Unless you are specifically referring to something of Swedish origin ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

      • Got it, I am taking notes ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ’ก. Most likely to be a place that was also used as an expression for coffee in the old days, and must have warm waters fitting for a beautiful water lover like you ๐Ÿ—’โœ๐Ÿ˜น.

      • Awww โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ’™, it’s sweet that you met many nice people. It sounds like you had a great time there; it’s people that really make or break your impression of a place ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ™Œ.

        LOL correct, I just used Bangladesh because I had no other answer and just wanted to have fun with it haha. But I am very curious to know the place you actually meant ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚

      • Guess again and I’ll give you the answer. Oh, I’ve not been to Bangladesh yet. But, I’ve met people from Bangladesh all over the world both here in Sweden and lots of Bangladeshi are working in the Maldives. And of course, Bangladesh is close to India where I’ve spent so much time. But today I realised that the best marketing for a country is probably its people. At least for me, if I meet some nice people from a country I’ve never visited I usually become curious of the country and want to visit.

      • Sure I could make another fun guess, sweetheart ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜. But Torneรคlven and the north of sweden in general are so cold that they make just about any other place on earth look like jacuzzis in comparison, so can you give me another clue or a hint? ๐Ÿ˜‚

        That’s so cool, and what you said is very true — Bangladesh is yet another place to put on your list of travel and adventure ๐Ÿ˜†๐ŸคŸ๐ŸคŸ. It’s fantastic whenever we meet awesome people from places that we don’t really know about ๐Ÿ—พ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜„. It’s an enticing and exciting feeling plus you can learn alot of interesting things about the cultures that only people who actually live in them would really understand and be able to give you priceless knowledge of ๐Ÿ‘โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ’™.

      • So, my last clue it that’s it’s an island very close to where this photo was taken. And I think that the expression “a cup of …” is used in other languages too โ˜•๏ธ

      • Thank you madam ๐Ÿ˜„โ˜บ๏ธ๐ŸคŸ.

        This sounds so easy; I should have guessed it haha. It’s funny because I had gotten the idea to read through one of your topics, but ofcourse, me being me I didn’t give it priority๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…

        Would the location or one of the locations you have in mind be Alas Harum? ๐Ÿ˜น

      • That might be one of the locations, but you don’t have a cup of Alas Harum do you ๐Ÿ˜‰ So, I’m planning to visit Jawa and have a cup of java โ˜•๏ธ in Jawa. Sort of a private joke maybe ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • True ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜„. It does depend on the langue and what the name Alas Harum means in the language that it’s from. If Alas Harum is their “word” for coffee, in context it would be correct, but it’s not and we both know that I just said something so that you would finally give me the answer ๐Ÿคญ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜„

      • Exactly โ˜•๏ธ๐Ÿ˜น. Thanks for opening up my eyes to interesting things I didn’t know before๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ’•

  3. “I appreciate the author’s thorough research and attention to detail in presenting the information. It adds credibility to the article.”

    • Thank you! And it really was, I became obsessed when I saw how the bubbles from the waterfall looked in my camera when I was standing there taking pictures. I had no idea that it would turn out this way ๐Ÿ˜‰

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