Travel Writing Tip #2: Always look for something you can be fascinated by. During past trips to Bali, we've been able to see two of the critical rituals in the lives of the Balinese: a coming of age ritual for adolescent boys and a mass cremation ceremony. When you travel with our guides, Judy and Surya, you open the door to all kinds of possibilities - including the spontaneous opportunity to witness such rituals. Rituals hold together the fabric of Balinese life. There is much less alienation in Bali because everyone in the culture has their place and the ceremonies that mark the stage of life keep everyone in their rightful place. Everyone belongs and everyone is part of an interwoven community. There are ... [Continue Reading]
Join Me for the Opportunity of a Lifetime: Come to the Magic Isle of Bali Next July!
Before we went to the cremation, Judy, Surya, and staff members who happened by, helped us wrap our sarongs and temple scarves properly, rather than the slap-dash vacation-in-Hawaii-wrap-around style many of us had been sporting.It wasn’t very far to Munduk Village, but the road was narrow with no sidewalks, and we were all constrained by sarongs into taking small steps, so Surya got two vans to drive us ten minutes down the road into town. We stood in the shade waiting for the cremation procession to leave the family home and travel the 500 meters it would take to reach us. As we stood waiting with a number of locals who were also lining the street, Surya explained the ... [Continue Reading]
On our way to the waterfall today, our last hike of the trip, Surya pointed out this leaf, kasa, or as it called it, “traditional Balinese toilet paper.” When we stroked the incredibly soft underside of the leaf, we could easily see why.Along the path, we came across this dead green snake. Judy said it’s the most poisonous snake it Bali—one that she has rarely seen. Without treatment, you have about four hours after it bites you to live. We came across several small booths right by the side of the trail by enterprising locals selling small packets of spice: saffron, nutmeg, curry, coriander, galangal, anise, ... [Continue Reading]