Lenna: My name is Lenna Nakauchi. And this is my second year in Bali and what I’m focusing on this year is my performance arts, and that being hoop dance, fire dance, poi, little bit of belly dance and some other prop dancing or prop spinning. So I’m working on performing here in Ubud and throughout Bali and eventually creating a website and creating some demo videos and creating arts and being an artist. That’s what I’m focusing on this year is inspiring others with my art and I also manage and run a online business, and it’s called 3DayCleanse and it’s a whole body cleanse that is distributed throughout the United States and in Canada and we also ship all over the world. So I run that online business and I have an amazing life here in Ubud and I cultivate my performance arts right now.
Bram: I remember hearing that you took off from Ubud and went to Burning Man this year. Tell us a little bit about that experience.
Lenna: Burning Man was an amazing, life-changing experience for me. It was my first year and it was amazing because I was connected with a man who runs a camp called Heart Tribe and it was a perfect fit for the Ubud tribe vibe here. So a bunch of Ubudians joined that camp and it was a really nice vibrational match to the community. It was a community field. The feel was really high vibe. There was a nice community space where everyone would chat and and talk and give massages, body work, and energy work. And it was a really nice base to go out and explore all of the art and have amazing random conversations with people. And I did a lot of exploring on my own just checking out the art all over the playa and checking out the different camps and, yeah, talking with people from all over the world also at Burning Man for maybe the first time or maybe the 10th time.
Bram: And how was the contrast going from the lush tropics of Ubud to the playa?
Lenna: It was definitely a contrast. It was not humid. It was more of a dry heat and during the day I would say I was kind of used to being hot and sweating but at nighttime it got really cold. So that was a bit of a contrast. And it was funny because in terms of dressing up, I felt like I kind of wore what I usually wear, maybe just a little bit more sparkle but pretty much my normal clothes that was kind of funny for me. And riding a bike was really nice because I don’t really ride a bike here in Ubud. And it’s just having that freedom to wander around really slowly was wonderful and not having cars and dogs everywhere was wonderful.
Bram: Yeah that would be quite a big contrast. Riding a bike in Bali, you take your life in your hands.