Most people that visit Bali are young and seek adventure. Almost all stick to the coast, especially Kuta where Bali is all but gone. Endless strips of shops and bars where they all compete for the tourist dollar. The girls get the hair pleated and the boys a new tattoo. Beach surfing with motorized yet skies also feature and at night clubs do a roaring trade with ‘happy hours’ especially finding favor with those that a good holiday includes a solid hangover. Bali is also still finding favour for those seeking something different. For that one needs to go inland and face the mountains. Balinese don’t revere sea and look at the mountains and forests. They are a unigue and spiritual people. Last night we were taken inland and were treated to Balinese traditional dancing and an old 1920′ movie of Bali. Much of their joyous way of live seems to be centered on their strong belief in reincarnation and our stay is really of permanent nature but in a different form. Well that remains to be seen, but it is nice to ponder about it. It seems a better and more positive belief than those that live in fear of hell and damnation or a heaven as a reward. I mean, what would you do there? Anyway, I think that Bali shows us things that are difficult to discover elsewhere. It is rather nice that all things have a spirit here. There are whole villages that do stone carvings or wood carvings. A village that makes funeral pyres. A funeral here is something to experience. One almost wishes for one good one only to return as a frog or turtle, a crane or pigeon. Sorry for the typos and lack of spaces or grammar. I would not like to be reincarnated as a tablet.
Bali in Ubud.