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Published: April 19th 2018
Tana Lot Temple
The most frequently featured temple on Bali’s postcards, this temple was a definite tourist magnet. It was indeed quite spectacular, and a worthwhile effort, in spite of the crowds.
What we most appreciate about living in Ubud is best summarized in all the little things we experience daily. The early morning rooster wake up calls, followed by the daily sing song “Selamat Pagi / Good Morning“ greeting of the hotel staff as they arrive with our hot water thermos. Early morning laps in the pool. Morning yoga practice overlooking the rice paddies and coconut palm trees. Laughter over breakfast with hotel staff and guests. Jumping on the motorbike and going, well, anywhere, because the freedom of the ride is always more important than the destination. The not infrequent complete halting of traffic on a main street for five or ten minutes to allow for a ceremonial procession of Balinese fully dressed in ceremonial garb, women bearing fruit baskets on their heads, men marching along playing musical instruments. Evenings spent listening to the symphony of jungle music from the frogs, crickets, and whoever else is in the band, while waiting for the next firefly to pass by. And of course, what we love most is the always open, responsive, smiling faces of the gentle people who live here that we always encounter along the way. This, plus the exhilaration of knowing
The Royal Cremation Procession from the Palace to the Cemetary
This was a distance of two to three kilometres. The nine story tower, twenty seven metres tall, and the massive cow that would eventually hold the body of the deceased when cremated, were carried entirely on the shoulders of nine villages for the entire distance. Each village is represented by one tower.
there are literally hundreds of hidden restaurants, music venues, galleries, art shops, and endless side streets here just waiting to be discovered. Nothing is ever boring or mundane in this ”village city”. Such simple delights as these are what make every moment here special.
But of course a travel blog calls for bigger things, events, highlights, and there is no shortage of these either, for Bali is nothing if not a mecca of ceremonies and extraordinary cultural practices, all held tightly together by a strong sense of community. Along with, of course, ingeniously artistic people whose creativity and appreciation for beauty is next to none. In an attempt to avoid an excessively long blog entry, I will draw attention to a few of these events we had the opportunity to experience these past two months via photo commentaries on the Royal Cremation, the Pre-Nyepe Day Festivities, A Pre-Nyepe Village Beach Ceremony, the Tana Lot Water Temple, the Ulawatu Water Temple and accompanying Kecak Fire Dance Performances, as well as a few memorable moments with family and friends.
And so another wonderful season at our home away from home in Ubud draws to an end. We look forward to
returning next year, but now turn our sights to the diving adventures that await us. We will soon head to northern Sulawesi to experience once again the magical wall diving in Bunaken Marine Park, then will venture to another relatively near marine wonderland to try out muck diving in northern Sulawesi’s world famous Lembeh Strait, thereby adding another first to our diving experience repertoire.
Thank you for your interest in our travels.
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