As I go through life, and especially when I travel, I am reminded of a lesson from Mark Twain: “We are all alike, on the inside.”
If you’ve read Eat, Pray, Love, you’ll remember the Balinese city of Ubud, which is featured quite prominently in Elizabeth Gilbert’s book. We have just arrived to our new home away from home in Ubud, the Nirwa Homestay (affiliate link). The family run guest house is surrounded by a panorama of vibrant rice paddies. Our soundtrackContinue reading “Photo du Jour: A Rice Paddy Panorama in Ubud, Bali”
When they’re not spiriting away Uluwatu Temple visitors’ sunglasses, shoes and water bottles, the wild monkeys in Bali’s southwestern-most corner are preoccupied with personal-grooming rituals.
Bali delights not only because of its splendid architecture and welcoming people, but also through its amazing flora & fauna. From the roosters with no qualms about waking us at 5 o’clock in the morning, to record-size wasps and rats, we’re feeling quite connected with nature on this paradisiacal island. This post is dedicated to the beautifulContinue reading “The Flora & Fauna of Jimbaran, Bali”
The past days have been serendipitous in mystic Bali with moments that seemed as though the perpetually-honored spirits were communing to make our stay incredibly special.
On the island of Bali, religion is tightly intertwined with everyday life. Temples and religious celebrations are plentiful. Locals adorn their places of work, home entrances, and street intersections with offerings called canang sari. These banana leaf vessels are made on a daily basis and hold a large variety of items — everything from colorful flower petalsContinue reading “Photo du Jour: Balinese Canang Sari Offerings to the Gods”