A Stroll Through Balinese Markets

 

Balinese markets are a feast for the eyes. In Ubud’s bazaar and food and produce markets, there are stacks of colorful rattan offering boxes, wooden masks with intimidating gazes, small cases comprised of beads in swirling patterns, delicate batik silk scarves, walls of oil-adorned canvases, and overflowing mounds of tropical fruits. The markets are a shopper’s paradise, a photographer’s dream…

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Backstage at Balinese Dance Class

In Jimbaran, Bali, we had the great fortune to have been befriended by a local named Mariana. Along with his extended family, Mariana exposed us to rich aspects of Balinese culture – everything from his nephew’s 42-day ceremony, to full moon celebrations at a neighborhood temple, to Prana Shakti practice, to traditional Balinese dance. Mariana is a bit like a Balinese Renaissance man as he is a Prana Shakti practitioner, talented and expressive dancer, and family man with four daughters. Continue reading “Backstage at Balinese Dance Class”

Lessons From a Balinese Classroom: Our Visit to an English Class in Jimbaran

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.”

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The Flora & Fauna of Jimbaran, Bali

Bali delights not only because of her splendid architecture and welcoming people, but also through her 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 beautiful flora — as well as the creatures large and small —with which we have crossed paths in Jimbaran, Bali.

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Serendipitous Moments in Spiritual 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.

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