Photo du Jour: A Balinese Balancing Act in Ubud

In Ubud, Bali, three women carrying baskets of soils on their heads.

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.

A woman carrying soil on her head in Ubud, Bali.
Three ladies carry baskets of soil on their heads in the Indonesian city of Ubud, on the island of Bali.

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Photography & text © Tricia A. Mitchell . All Rights Reserved.

Published by Tricia A. Mitchell

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.

10 thoughts on “Photo du Jour: A Balinese Balancing Act in Ubud

  1. 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.

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