Bali, Indonesia February 2018

Pura Taman Ayun

Pura means ‘temple’ in Bali and they are literally everywhere. Spirituality plays a major role in Bali daily life and you will see beautiful flower and treat filled offerings in the street in front of shops as well as shrines along the road.

Pura Ulun Bratan Shivaite Water Temple

We had the wonderful opportunity while in Ubud to witness a Kecak Dance that ended with a Fire Trance Dance. The fire dancer walks through burning coconut husks in order to protect the community from plagues and famine.

Balinese Kecak Dance

Ubud is a great area for viewing monkeys at play in the Monkey Forest. Beware these highly entertaining macaques are not shy and will jump right on you to steal whatever isn’t permanently attached!

Not as innocent as he looks!
Ubud Monkey Forest

Lush green rice terraces in the misty inland mountains can soothe the soul with quiet tranquility.

The Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

On the southern peninsula you can watch the surfers catching waves in Uluwatu. They walk through this nifty cave to reach the water.

Surfer in Uluwatu

We took a fast boat (half an hour, $15 per person) from Padangbai over to the islands of Lembongan and Ceningan to snorkel in the famous turquoise waters.

Gorgeous water off Nusa Lembongan Island

And for the very adventurous traveler I recommend a boat out to explore the island of Nusa Penida, if only to see this incredible view!

Kelingking Beach, Nusa Penida Island

Two weeks in Bali was over too quickly. We plan to return in the future for more exploration of this incredibly beautiful, magical part of the world. Terima Kasih (thank you) to the friendly people who helped make our time so meaningful!

Silly stuff from Bali 2018

Marketing at it’s best

I decided to post a non-blog, about nothing serious, with no information to be learned. Just silly. Don’t worry my faithful readers, the next blog will be full of beautiful architecture and stunning vistas peppered with enriching nuggets of prices or historical dates. Right after these messages:

Pure elegance
I am finally a unicorn
New hat. Not yet a unicorn.
‘Can you recommend a gooth orthodothist?’
Ian’s first sip of poOp coffee
Ogoh ogoh lady didn’t like hearing that she’s in serious need of a pedicure
Ian admitted Lola had a pretty nice boob job
No luck finding brains, starting on sunglasses