Kaleidoscope island: Bali

Kaleidoscope island: Bali

Balinese celebrate life in a way we have not felt before in any other country. No wonder, the beauty and abundance of the island is radiating a zest for life, and it is contagious. 

Bali, Island of Colors

This island is for sure the greenest place we visited in the last months: from the jungle to the rice terraces everything is lush green. Coming closer we found a big variety of plants, flowers, birds and also people embellishing the nature with all colors of the rainbow. You will see in the pictures the richness of colors that can be found here.

We found it very funny that the plants you buy at the flower market in Europe for half a fortune and try to keep alive in your flat or garden are growing in Bali like weed on the street and in the forest. As there are no gardeners around, nature solves it and its raining from time to time. And if it is raining, it is raining for real…!

All this colorful chaos is embedded in a landscape varying from high majestic volcanoes (up to 3700 m) to the deep blue sea, and all that just some kilometers apart. Due to this geography we realized, that what looks close on the map is not that close in reality; driving just 50 km takes at least 2 hours. But it was worth it, and after visiting the mountains or some scenic temples we always found amazing beaches; some with white sand like in the travel brochures, others with dark black sand, due to the volcanic activities. However, under the water surface we always found corals and fish in all shapes and colors – regardless of the color of the sand… 🙂

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Green as green can

Bali, Island of Ceremonies

Balinese people take their religion very seriously and celebrate it all time visibly. They celebrate rituals and ceremonies for all occasions. Offerings of flowers, fruits and rice are made at least twice a day, all corners of houses and shops are consecrated with small banana leaf baskets full of them. Even in hotels there is a “responsible person” in charge of protecting the property against the evil spirits. When walking on the street you can easily step on one of the offerings placed on the sidewalk in front of the doorsteps, but we have learned that this is not a problem, as the gods suck out the positive energy from it immediately when presented.

We could also attend some bigger ceremonies in temples, one even where the whole city of Ubud was involved: a Royal Cremation Ceremony. Another highlight was the Kecak Dance performance – originally a trance ritual accompanied by a chorus. It was very interesting to see, that regardless of the purpose, people are happy and vivid and celebrate as community.

Purification ritual
Purification ritual

This environment creates an atmosphere of harmony where even the road traffic gets affected. Still somehow chaotic (not like our training in Vietnam – see post here), but smooth enough to make us comfortable using scooters and a rental car to independently explore this kaleidoscopic island.

12 thoughts on “Kaleidoscope island: Bali

  • November 14, 2016 at 5:06 pm
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    Your photos are really fantastic esp. the way you have presented in the form of Collage. And also Bali is really a great place one of my favorite. 🙂

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    • November 16, 2016 at 12:11 pm
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      Thank you, Sumti! We are happy you like the pictures. Bali also became one of our favorites. 🙂

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  • November 14, 2016 at 12:36 pm
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    Fabulous photos and a colourful mosaic of how to enjoy a visit to Bali. The culture is alluring.

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    • November 14, 2016 at 4:26 pm
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      Thanks, Christina! It is a colorful, manifold spot in the world. 🙂

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  • November 14, 2016 at 8:38 am
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    Lovely photos! You’ve shown a good snapshot of Bali life beyond just the beaches or private pools. It looks very peaceful, spiritual and relaxing.

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    • November 14, 2016 at 9:23 am
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      Thank you! Bali is so much more than just beaches and pools. It is one of the most colorful places we have seen.

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  • November 14, 2016 at 8:20 am
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    Love love love Bali! We first visited Bali on our honeymoon back in 2012 and I just returned to Bali 2 months ago. I know I’ll be back.

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    • November 14, 2016 at 8:24 am
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      We can understand you. We will also be back someday soon!

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  • November 14, 2016 at 5:32 am
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    I’ve lived in Indonesia for about 7 months in 2002. Bali was one of the destinations I wanted to visit and I almost did, if not for that unfortunate incident. Now, this makes me want to revive my plan to visit Bali.

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    • November 14, 2016 at 8:23 am
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      Oh, you definitely have to visit. It is so colorful and friendly and happy an, and, and… 🙂

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  • November 13, 2016 at 9:27 am
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    lOVE the colors and photos! Looks like totally amazing place. I am now traveling in Asia,put Bali on my list! Thanks

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    • November 13, 2016 at 6:40 pm
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      Thank you! Bali is amazing!!! We would go back today, if it would be possible. Go there and have fun!

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