Bali

Reasons to Join Me in Bali #6: There’s No One on Earth Like the Balinese . . .

Travel Writing Tip #6: The twin pillars of travel writing are people and place. Aside from the topography, the beautiful rice fields, the incredibly fresh food, the staggering art work, one of the things I love most about Bali are the Balinese people themselves. Every opportunity I had to meet a local person and learn …

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Reasons to Join Me in Bali #2: Witness Rituals That Can Bring New Meaning to Your Life

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 …

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Reasons to Join Me in Bali #1: My Personal Campaign to Help You Say Yes to Magic

Join Me for the Opportunity of a Lifetime: Come to the Magic Isle of Bali Next July! I have fallen in love with Bali and can’t wait to go back. Now in the midst of dark rainy winter, I’m dreaming about going back six months from now…for my birthday! I’m remembering the sacredness, the quality …

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Virtual Vacation: Sending the Spirit Home, Bali Day 26

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 …

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Virtual Vacation: Dancing Our Way Through Bali, Day 25

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 …

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