Monthly Archives: October 2014

Wonders Under the Waves

Wonders Under the Waves

Stunning as the landscapes can be, some of the most beautiful parts of Bali lie under the waves. One of the main things that drew us to this island—besides the distinctive culture—is the coral reefs. Now that we’ve had a chance to snorkel some of them, they’ve been everything we hoped for. Read More

The Other Side of Travel

The Other Side of Travel

Many of the posts we put up here focus on the things we find fascinating about where we are: interesting customs and ceremonies, historic sights, beautiful landscapes. I’m sure it’s enough to make many of you jealous! So I thought I’d write a post about the less wonderful parts of being a vagabond: Read More

Gallery: Munduk

To escape the heat of the coast, we fled inland and upward to the small mountain town of Munduk in north central Bali. There we found a beautiful guesthouse, Aditya Homestay, with a terrace overlooking the mountain valley. Read More

The Meaning Behind Names

The Meaning Behind Names

After you’ve been in Bali for a few days, you realize that you keep seeing and hearing the same given names over and over again. Once you talk to enough people (or bother to look it up), you learn that it’s because most Balinese people are named according to their birth order. Read More

Pemuteran Galleries

Pemuteran Galleries

Our second snorkeling destination in Bali (after Jemeluk on the east coast) was the town of Pemuteran on the far northwestern coast. It’s a place where mountains come almost to the sea. It’s also near the strait that separates Bali from Java, and you can see the volcanoes of eastern Java in the distance. Read More

How a Balinese Temple Celebrates Its Birthday

How a Balinese Temple Celebrates Its Birthday

While we were in Ubud, the Hindu temple across the street from our guesthouse—the temple for our “banjar” (neighborhood)—was celebrating the anniversary of its founding. This celebration, called an “odalon,” occurs every 210 days, according to the traditional Balinese calendar. Our hostess invited us to attend the multi-evening event, which is how we once again… Read More

Galleries Galore!

Galleries Galore!

We finally had some time, and a decent Internet connection, that allowed us to upload lots of new pictures (and to fix the galleries that were broken when posted before). Read More

An Art Immersion in Ubud

An Art Immersion in Ubud

Ubud, Bali, is a big enough town to allow for many different experiences: There’s the health and fitness Ubud, with yoga and Pilates classes, Reiki healing energy sessions, vegan cafés, and “detox” drinks. There’s the adventure-travel Ubud, with excursions for whitewater rafting, sunrise hikes up 6,000-foot volcanoes, and bike tours through the blazing heat. Read More

Behind the House Gates

Behind the House Gates

Much of Balinese life takes place behind the walls of family compounds. Our first two lodgings, in Denpasar and Ubud, were located in the backs of such compounds, and conversations with the (English-speaking) inhabitants helped us understand how Bali’s domestic architecture reflects the island’s traditional culture. Read More