Because Bali is so ridiculously beautiful, there are a lot of photos that didn’t make it into my previous posts. Here is a sampling of some of my favorites…
100 Shades of Green
A Crayola box wouldn’t do Bali justice as it’s green upon green upon green. Getting lost in its myriad of rice paddies was one of my favorite activities.
People and Customs
The Balinese holiday of Galungan took place while I was in Ubud. It celebrates the triumph of good over evil, and a welcoming of ancestral spirits home. Giant, bamboo penjores line the streets offering thanks to the Gods. The penjores are covered in coconut leaves and droop gracefully like old street lamps. Locals often return to their hometowns and visit temples with their families during this time. Ngelawang is a ceremony performed during Galungan in which a barong, a cat/lion puppet head, is paraded down the streets by a group of children. The purpose is to drive out evil spirits, and in exchange, the “dance troupe” accepts donations.
And then there’s Laura and me… celebrating with food. As per usual.