Bali: Life in full Splendor

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September 15th 2008
Published: October 23rd 2008
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Temple Hopping


Enter this blog at your own risk!
I would like to thank everyone who e-mailed me their support after reading my last blog entry. I came across a quote that pretty much sums it all up, and as a bonus, it's far more eloquent than I could ever write:

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.
- Henri Nouwen, Out of Solitude

Everyone who has written me lately has proven Nouwen's words, and for that, I am extremely grateful. And while we're on the topic, I'd like to thank everyone for sharing this voyage with me.

This adventure seems to be the result of a cumulation of events, and my experiences with family and friends have obviously played a huge role in me being where I am, doing what I'm doing at this stage in life.

Here are a few photos from Bali. I don't really have any anecdotes to go along with them, so I apologize! Other than cheesy captions, I'll leave it up to your imagination to interpret the splendor of Indonesia. As you'll see, Bali is an island bursting (actually...overflowing) with the colours, textures and sounds of life. It could not have come at a better time.

I would like to once again give photo credit to Cody Reed, a talented photographer who isn't afraid (like I am) to really get into the action to get that memorable shot!

Selamat Minum, (Cheers!)

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Shanti, dude!Shanti, dude!
Shanti, dude!

Actually.. I'm getting mixed signals here, guys.
The Daily RitualThe Daily Ritual
The Daily Ritual

Laying out a daily offering at every doorway, every driveway, every shrine, and every shop entrance seems to be a part of the Balinese way of life.
Your typical driveway offeringYour typical driveway offering
Your typical driveway offering

For the gastronomic pleasure of any passing cats, dogs, spirits or Gods.
A Decent OfferingA Decent Offering
A Decent Offering

Religious or not, perhaps a daily ritual is the secret to slowing life down, breaking it into its basic elements, and living a more fulfilling existence. Like your morning Timmies double-double.
..and enter the Temple..and enter the Temple
..and enter the Temple

Slap on a sarong and sash and come right on in. Camera's ready, prepared to flash.
A Time for PlayA Time for Play
A Time for Play

And one hell of a laundry hangover.
Orthodonist's NightmareOrthodonist's Nightmare
Orthodonist's Nightmare

Deep down inside, he's just a big softy.

23rd October 2008

Great set of photos!
Hey! Thanks for sharing another great set of photos. Bali looks amazing - I love the colours and the food looks delicious! It's always great to hear from you. We are all thinking about you, wishing you well and we can't wait to hear from you again. Take care and safe travels always!! Cynthia
23rd October 2008

Nice Pix !
Amazing Photos ! the rice fields shots !...cheers !... Jo :)
23rd October 2008

Lovely photos
Lovely pictures, it´s really a place to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
23rd October 2008

Awesome Picture
Kudo's on the blog... Photo's are amazing... Wow!!!!
23rd October 2008

You really have captured Bali beautifully.......your blog made me feel like I was back there. Thank you.
24th October 2008

the kid in the middle
This kid is obviously a metal fan, no confusion here my friend, he is giving you the devil horns!!!
6th March 2009

the shot of the women in movement entering the temple is could do a whole series in that have really captured some great details of this place....thank you.

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