Paradise Lost, Good bye Bali
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
Sea. Sun. Fun?
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
Yes, green air….
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
Dance in the Rain.
Sometimes there’s nothing left to do, but dance in the downpour. It was a week like that.
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 … Continue reading
Tis the Season
The line up of Balinese sacred days at this time of their calendar 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 weeks … Continue reading
Hidden in Plain Sight, Bali’s Hindu Culture
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
Unpacking- in Paradise?
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