Nu, Where Am I (Going)?

You know how every once in awhile, signs appear in your life, like fortune-telling fairies bearing hints of what’s to come?

IMG_9978In my case, certain stores have been foretelling my immediate future… or maybe I’ve just been more attuned to them.

IMG_3017If you walked down the streets of Ubud – such as been my daily ‘habit’ over the past three years – you might like me do a double-take, and imagine that you might have landed in Israel rather than Indonesia. What’s with all the Hebrew signs? IMG_9453

A shop called Kus-Kus sells clothing – rather than coconuts. And Ken-Ken is one of the most common phrases in Basa Bali – but it also means “yes yes” in Hebrew.

Some examples are puzzling while others make sense: Moti, Nava, Adi and Gili are all common Israeli names, while Adi is common among the Balinese as well. But I’ve not yeIMG_9976t stumbled across an indigenous Moti or Nava on this island – nor do I know if either word has a Balinese meaning. As for Gili, the word translates from the Sasak native language inIMG_9564 Lombok to “island.”

My favorite find of all, is this delicate script painted towards the bottom of a storefront window: nu. Just yesterday, for the first time, I stopped for a moment to peer inside and noted that they sell hand-made crocheted goods. I’ve never seen the store actually open during daylight hours, but one day if there are signs of life inside, I will walk in and ask about its meaning. Surely it can’t be in Hebrew: Nu = So? Now What?!

However, on the off-chance that there’s some connection to Hebrew (and Israel), I’ll take it as a premonition and good omen: Five more sleeps… (NU, where am I going?)


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