With baskets of soil balanced on their heads, three Balinese women ascend the stairs of a performance theater in Ubud, Bali. The graceful stance of the laborers is reminiscent of the dancers who perform there regularly in the evenings.
Tricia A. Mitchell is a freelance writer and photographer. Born in Europe but raised in the United States, she has lived in Valletta, Malta; Heidelberg, Germany; and Split, Croatia. An avid globetrotter who has visited more than 65 countries, she has a penchant for off-season travel. Tricia has learned that travel’s greatest gift is not sightseeing, rather it is the interactions with people. Some of her most memorable experiences have been sharing a bottle of champagne with distant French cousins in Lorraine, learning how to milk goats in a sleepy Bulgarian village, and ringing in the Vietnamese New Year with a Hanoi family. She welcomes any opportunity to practice French and German, and she loves delving into a place’s history and artisanal food scene.
A former education administrator and training specialist, Tricia has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in international relations. She and her husband, Shawn, married in the ruins of a snowy German castle. They’ve been known to escape winter by basing themselves in coastal Croatia or Southeast Asia.
Her writing has appeared in Fodor’s Travel, Frommer’s, and International Living.
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10 thoughts on “Photo du Jour: A Balinese Balancing Act in Ubud”
great set of shots, love the 3rd one.
Thank you, Mark. I also liked the verticality of the scene (the ladies standing tall, the stairs leading upward…)
Really nice images. Lovely light.
Paljon kiitoksia, Mirjam :-) I look forward to learning more about the work you do in the Ukraine via your blog.
I also followed you, nice get know you.
Thank you. :-) I hope your week is off to a super start!
Very cool pics.
Thank you, Daniel.
Lovely images, Tricia! The b&w treatment worked really well. Bali was my R&R destination when I worked with the UN in West Timor and it was in Bali where I saw lady laborers in construction work hauling construction materials in similar baskets from the ground to 2nd or 3rd floor of the building under construction. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you, Jessie. How long did you work in West Timor? It sounds as though you’ve had such a fascinating and meaningful career.