Phayo, Franche-Compte, Elounda, Jum

Paradise Lost, Good bye Bali

Tiny Monster

Effortlessly graceful, proud but gracious, the Balinese people we met and observed in Ubud live in what appear to be very close-knit communities, bonded by religion and tradition It was fun to succumb to the winsome charm of people and … Continue reading

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Sea. Sun. Fun?

Nobody wants me....

I admit to not being a beach aficionado, so it takes an extraordinary beach to whet my appetite for sun, sand and salt. We visited: A short stretch of the northern coastline from Singaraja to Seritit, the eastern and north … Continue reading

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Yes, green air….

Bali Botanical

A tour up into the mountains promised cooler temperatures, and Scenery. My focus, once again, was  on plants- at the (surprisingly undersold) Kebun Raya Eka Karya, also known as Bali Botanical Garden. Following the directions on travelfish.com, we drove right past … Continue reading

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Dance in the Rain.

Dance in the Rain

Sometimes there’s nothing left to do, but dance in the downpour. It was a week like that.  

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Chocolate Chatter

Grinder_1930's

True to an unwritten and unspoken law of my own creation, I never buy chocolate outside of Switzerland. (Okay, I might make an exception in Belgium- or Paris). With three chocolateless months behind me, I was pretty excited to discover … Continue reading

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Tis the Season

Lamak

The line up of Balinese sacred days at this time of the calendars is astonishing, as is the dedication with which they’re celebrated. We already got to experience Nyepi, a once a year treat, if you like peace, introspection and moonlight. Two … Continue reading

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Hidden in Plain Sight, Bali’s Hindu Culture

In monsters arms

I’ll probably never even begin to understand the intricately structured tapestry of all that goes into being a practicing Balinese Hindu . On an island catering unapologetically to tourism on a big scale, there still seems to be no question of anyone … Continue reading

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Unpacking- in Paradise?

NotForSale sign

Confession- we snuck off to Bali, Indonesia, specifically to uber-hyped Ubud, only a few days after getting back to Bangkok from Myanmar. We smoothed down our hair, put on socks and were rewarded with two fifty dollar two-month visas from … Continue reading

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