December 21, 2015: the day I officially hit my 100th country. Or more accurately put, the evening I landed in Denpasar airport and ticked Indonesia off my list. I'll confess I hadn't really set my mind on any one country as my milestone destination, instead I'd left it up to chance. Well, chance had come through like a champ. I would now be celebrating both Xmas and my first foray into triple-digits on the idyllic island of Bali.
I arrived late at night to find a driver waiting to take me on the one hour drive to Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali. He was a member of the family that owns the Depa Guest House, my home for the next five days. These people were amazingly warm and gracious. They were accommodating beyond belief, which made my entry into their peaceful little complex even more disturbing.