Where do I begin? No photographs can justify how beautiful this paradise truly is. Not only is Bali a captivation of utter beauty, it has an ambience that radiates peace and tranquillity. Whilst on my travels in Bali, I really did feel deeply “at one” with myself. It is a feeling that is indescribable, something that you have to experience for yourself.
During my travels in Ubud, I visited the Uluwatu Temple in Pecatu Village, Kuta South District. Naïve to the Monkeys reputation for stealing visitors’ possessions, several monkeys ambushed me on arrival. Although disobedient and annoying at times, the monkeys were extremely cute!
My attention was quickly taken to the outstanding Balinese architecture and ancient sculptures, and more so, the breathtaking views!
After exploring the Temple, I took my seat at the cliff-top for what was going to be one of the most beautiful experiences I have ever had. As the sun was setting, so beautifully might I add, I watched the Kecak dance performance, overlooking the Indian Ocean. I had goose bumps throughout, overwhelmed by the cultural story expressed through the vibrant dance performance.
Eating breakfast overlooking Mount Batur Volcano is an experience that was surreal to say the least; it was too beautiful to be true. The view was breathtaking.
From this point, I took a bike tour through the local villages and terraced rice fields; it was truly inspirational. Still in awe, I did not think anything could compare to the Kecak dancers or the view of Mount Batur, but it was the locals in fact, that really made me understand other heights of beauty. Although most of the locals did not have a lot of materialistic things, they were rich with happiness, and this sincerely touched me.
I also had the experience of witnessing a Cockerel fight! It was a very strange but interesting experience to say the least. Cockfighting is a Balinese tradition used for gambling and although frowned upon by the Indonesian government, apparently it still remains as a daily part of life. You learn something new everyday hey!
Bali is full of beautiful beaches, a popular and great hang out for those who want to learn how to surf! Bali is also great for the health conscious individuals as I found that they really do embrace healthy eating, which of course I loved! Apologies for the lack of food photos, I was obviously too greedy to do so.
Bali… Thank you for such an eye opening and beautiful experience. It is not a goodbye, but see you again soon.