BALI, Indonesia

BALI, Indonesia

Following a week in West Java, we flew to the small Indonesian island of Bali. Upon our arrival at the airport we were immersed in an entirely different culture. Bali is set apart from the rest of the Muslim country of Indonesia by its devout Hinduism. All throughout the island are ornate statues and temples, with every home, street, town, hill, beach or landmark requiring its own temple, and each day every home, business or workspace will set out a fresh offering basket of colorful flowers, money, food and cigarettes.

In Bali we stayed near Echo Beach, a famous surfing beach. I took 3 days of surfing lessons from local surfers at Batu Bolong Beach, and became more confident surfing and managed to catch some actual waves! In the afternoons we took taxi day tours and visited more temples and Alex and I rode our scooter doubles in the insane Bali traffic over 5 hours round trip down to Nusa Dua, and another 5 hour round trip up back to Ubud to catch a Balinese dance performance and buy kites from a local craftsman.

As usual, the highlight of this trip was the wonderful people. We encountered the warmest people in Indonesia, both Muslim and Hindu, Indonesians and foreigners.

Traveled August 2014. All photos by Renee Lusano (except photos of Renee by Alex Martin) shot on Sony RX1

 

SACRED MONKEY FOREST

No visit to Bali is complete without a stop at the Monkey Forest is Ubud.

No visit to Bali is complete without a stop at the Monkey Forest is Ubud.

Colorful offerings are everywhere on the ground.

Colorful offerings are everywhere on the ground.

While scooting around Bali, Alex and I stumbled upon a cock fight. Although I don’t condone cock fighting, a visit to a fight it is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in local culture in its purest form. (All I can really say about the fighting is that the fights are over very quickly and then the losing bird is cooked for food immediately. It is not ideal nor is it as inhumane as I had imagined it would be).

While scooting around Bali, Alex and I stumbled upon a cock fight. Although I don’t condone cock fighting, a visit to a fight it is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in local culture in its purest form. (All I can really say about the fighting is that the fights are over very quickly and then the losing bird is cooked for food immediately. It is not ideal nor is it as inhumane as I had imagined it would be).

Bali Lays and Doritos

Bali Lays and Doritos

On one of our last nights we watched a Balinese dance perfomance in Ubud

On one of our last nights we watched a Balinese dance perfomance in Ubud

INDONESIA: Nusa Penida Island

INDONESIA: Nusa Penida Island

INDONESIA: Krakatoa Volcano & West Java

INDONESIA: Krakatoa Volcano & West Java