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A fascinating religious practice visible in crumbling statues and towering stone edifices that have been carved with intricate details of pattern, and sit as shelves for figures with bulging eyes of maleficent intent or adoration. It is uneven steps crowded with tourists and locals patiently waiting for the safe (and thereby slow) passage of one another through narrow tunnels; these the entranceways to beaches of restless waves, coves with hungry seekers of paradise, and waterfalls of churning plunge pools and rainbow cluttered mists. The island is home to a rare beauty, a woman whose elegance and grace shines from the insides, and to men who have no weakness in their extremes of kindness. There are people, therefore, who you will marvel over existing in a world where their type becomes ever more as rare a find as untouched soil. And then there are those who out of poverty or fear, push you to the limits of your patience as you try to gently emerge from their clutches and relentless words. Between each is traffic so clustered, close, and abrupt it fills the spaces of everything and makes sudden sense of why homes are built within walls like fortresses, and serenity made for finding in personal courtyards, not public parks.
Bali is, therefore, an experience like no other.
There are pockets of really amazing places yet to be found in Bali. And the experience was overall very good. Manage the chaos. Enjoy the moments to be enjoyed. Now, as usual, I’ll let the pictures do the talking here and over the posts illustrating five days of travel to come.
Villa Interior –
Batuan Temple, Pura Puseh Desa Batuan –
Kemenuh Butterfly Park –
Tegenungan Waterfall –
Warung Dewa Malen –
Elephant Cave | Goa Gajah –
Ubud Monkey Forest –
Ubud Traditional Market –
Negari Luwak Coffee –
It was a busy day, but we were back to our villa in time for dinner. I hope you’ve enjoyed the pictures.
Take care, dear readers and writers,
*See more pictures at https://www.instagram.com/jmm_travels/
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