I visited Bali near the end of May; an island which, despite the ever growing tourism, has managed to keep her own personality. And what a gorgeous personality that is.
Never before had I visited a place where the locals are so kind and caring, where the nature is so baffeling and where the food tastes so good. Even though I haven’t seen that many places in my lifetime, Bali has made an enormous impression on me. I still notice that I get lost in thoughts sometime in my memories of the island. It seemed and still seems unreal that I have actually been there.
Tired from a long journey, we arrived at our hotel; the gorgeous Puri Santrian in Sanur. For the rest of our trip, this was our home base. The staff was incredibly kind and the resort was incredible. We spent our first days exploring Sanur and our resort. Getting used to the warm, sticky weather didn’t take all that long; it was time to start exploring the island and so we drove past countless temples, beautiful parts of nature and I just couldn’t stop looking.
Religion is an important part of Balinese culture. It’s almost hard not to accidentally step on one of the many offerings that are scattered across the streets. There’s a little basket like that in every corner of the house, and the Balinese spend most of their time making offerings.
Every village, every family and every profession has it’s own temple. We visited the largest temple-complex on Bali; Pura Besakih, which lies on side of Mount Agung (the 5th highest mountain in Indonesia). Thanks to the height, we could enjoy an incredible view whilst climbing the many steps.
Once again I realized how colorful Bali really is. Aside from the women, dressed in beautifully colored traditional clothing, we passed a funeral procession. This enormous group of people, one family, as we were told later, were on their way to honour a deceased relative and to bring offerings to the gods. A special moment, where I dwelled upon the big difference between my own culture and theirs.
I can write pages and pages about Bali. About Tenganan, for example, a village where the Bali Aga, the descendants from the original Balinese live and work. The village is almost calm and serene. The villagers still live by an old Animistic religion and practice traditional crafts and rituals.
Or about the local markets, where it’s hard to focus because there’s just too much going on. Meat, fish, flowers, vegetables and fruits, you can find it all. Though not always under the most hygienic circumstances.
Or I can tell you about the beaches, the underwater world and the sweetest group of people I have ever met. About the delicious food, or about that time where I was so sick that I had to miss a cooking class.
But this is where I’ll stop telling you about Bali. Because you probably have heard or read it all before. Instead, some photos will follow. Because I believe that these will tell you more than my words in this case.
Have you ever visited Bali? Do you have tips for a next destination or do you know some amazing hotspots on Bali? Let me know in the comments!