Did the Earth Move for You Too? Transformation.

It was a lazy afternoon on October 13, 2011. A cup of tea had just been poured, as we sat on the porch of our guesthouse in Ubud, Bali. The teenager was fast asleep inside.


Our teacups gave us the first hint that this moment in time would be transformed by an earthquake.  We were bemused by the behaviour of our tea as it began to convulse onto the saucer. Then we noticed a few other odd things; the walls seemed to be moving and small chunks of concrete debris fell from the ornate Balinese walls. Time stood still as seconds stretched into minutes. Wake up Mischa, we have to get out, now!  The teenager would not budge, adding an extra dimension to our adrenalin. As we bolted down the outside stairs, the concrete steps swayed in time to the movement of the gusting palm trees and the metal hand rails shuddered.

At 6.2, it was a big one by Balinese standards and was followed by a few aftershocks. The locals were really afraid, although had been trained from childhood to evacuate buildings quickly. In true Balinese style, they were genuinely concerned for their foreign guests. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured.

Thanks Ailsa for the travel prompt this week.

29 thoughts on “Did the Earth Move for You Too? Transformation.”

  1. I’m assuming you got your teenager out of the house. I’ve never experienced an earthquake here in Toronto even though some areas of the city have experienced some very slight tremors over the years.


  2. Gosh, that is a shock (pardon the pun). We were awakened early one morning in Las Vegas, on a very high level of a hotel, from effects of an earthquake happening in Los Angeles. So scary. The after shocks are quite unnerving. I must say, you always put a unique spin on Ailsa’s themes, very interesting interpretation Francesca, and bravo to you for having presence of mind enough to take a photo of the tea cup!

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  3. Living in Tokyo for four years I never got used to the earthquakes. You were always on ‘alert’. The walls would ‘crack’ first and then the house would move so we would get a couple of seconds notice it was coming. A constant reminder of the force of Mother Nature…

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  4. I was in Rome in late September 1997 when an earthquake struck central Italy. In the wee hours of the morning, with everyone asleep in the hotel, it was quite a shock to see everyone running out into the hallways in their pyjamas wondering what was happening. It felt like it was next door. Scary stuff.


    1. Yes, even at 5 they can be scary. Some big ones have occurred over the years in Italy, especially that one in Abruzzo in 2009? and then earlier in Assissi. My worst nightmare.


  5. For a minute, I thought what a lovely inviting restful photo, then my brain registered what was not quite right! I was in the Hunter Valley north of Newcastle during its earthquake. No-one was quite sure what happened. Not our usual cup of tea either!


  6. Scary. Great entry. There were some shaky seconds of that in Christchurch when we visited after the big one. you feel small against the forces of nature.


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