Bali – Back Roads, Rice Fields, and Volcanoes

Bali – Back Roads, Rice Fields, and Volcanoes

If you’re ever pulled over on a motorbike or in a car on the island of Bali, either make sure you have an international license, or tell them you left all your documents in your room. There are roadblocks all around the island, often looking more for foreigners to site for violations, though content to catch any infraction of the law. There are two ways to pay – either go to court, or pay the…

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Evil Spirits of Nyepi Eve on Bali

Evil Spirits of Nyepi Eve on Bali

WARNING: Some of the following images are graphic and of a disturbing nature We spent the day of Nyepi Eve, or New Years Eve, roaming the towns and villages of Bali, awing at the Ogoh-Ogoh, the large papier-mache effigies of evil demons that were to be paraded through the streets then burned at midnight. This was symbolic of killing off all the evil spirits and bad energy, so the citizens could live more peaceful and pure…

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Nyepi – Celebrating the Balinese New Year

Nyepi – Celebrating the Balinese New Year

In all my travels, never have I encountered a holiday tradition as unique as Nyepi. It’s the Balinese ‘day of silence’ that is commemorated every new year following the dark moon of the spring equinox – which lucky enough for us, happened during our stay on the island. What made this experience so special, is that the Hindu island of Bali, lies in a country that is dominantly Muslim, the the largest Islamic country in the world…

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Reflections on Bali

Reflections on Bali

You can’t escape the spirituality of Bali. And hen you’re there, you welcome being submerged in it. Not imposing but literally everywhere, offerings of flowers and burning incense line the streets, welcoming you at the entrance of restaurants, driveways of guesthouses, and strewn across temples. People come here to get away, to immerse themselves in yoga, meditation, or some other form of cleansing, wellness, awareness, and mindfulness. The island is in many ways a paradise,…

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Bali Beach Experience

Bali Beach Experience

When we first arrived on Bali, we thought of it like many of the smaller islands we had visited in other parts of the world, assuming that the beach would be at our feet. Bali is a much larger island, and though the beach is always right there, it is not always easily accessible or ideal for enjoying the shore. There are many options on Bali, some of which are quite exotic with black, volcanic…

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