I get it. I understand why travellers love Bali. It’s beautiful, it’s spiritual and everybody smiles – even while they’re being knocked down by a scooter. It’s probably the
hippiest happiest place on earth. It’s also the place where backpackers can afford mani-pedis and a restaurant lunch with a five star view costs less than an M&S sandwich.
1. BREATHTAKING LANDSCAPES
I came across these ladies on my way home one day. They were taking fruit offerings to the temple.
6. A LITTLE THANKS
I’ve found an offering outside my front door every morning. Sometimes there’s even a little cracker or some rice. The trouble and care that goes into these makes them very special indeed.
Tirta Empul. The waters here are said to come from a holy spring, which is why thousands of people use the fountains for spiritual purification.
8. THE BEACH
9. MAKING FRIENDS WITH YOUR ENEMIES
A quick game of hide-and-seek at Monkey Forest in Ubud. When your breakfast has been stolen by these critters, it’s hard to like them. I tried.
10. LOCAL ENTERTAINMENT
There are always plenty of opportunities to see Kecak, Barong or Legong dances, but shadow puppet shows are few and far between. I love them – the combination of the live gamelan music and the narrator screeching his way through an often violent story, is really captivating.
The thought of returning to Bali one day is something to keep my spirits up as this amazing twelve month journey reaches its final stages. Next stop – Singapore.