Back to  Bali

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In 2000, Larry and I visited Bali during our round-the-world seven month trip and I fell in love with the island, the people and their culture.  With our 20 year marriage anniversary coming up, I voiced the wish for a return to Bali.  In looking around at transportation possibilities, we happened upon a deal that was just too good to pass up.  Escapes Unlimited had an offer for air transportation on Singapore Air or Cathay Pacific, plus 2 nights in Singapore and 5 nights lodging in Bali for less than $1,000.  That's several hundred dollars less than the published air fare alone.  I'm not sure how they do that unless they are subsidized by the airlines, Singapore and the Bali government.  Perhaps they figure that you will spend enough while there to make it worthwhile.  In any case, we couldn't pass it up.  We also managed to convince six of our friends to join us, so we took off during the end of November with four of us extending the single week into two. 

If you don't mind the 90 degree heat in the middle of the day and the rather intense humidity, I highly recommend Bali's "shoulder season", which corresponds to our rainy Fall.  Crowds are at a minimum and there is no problem to find lodging, which usually costs half as much as during the summer months.  Food is always inexpensive in Bali, as is the Bintang beer, which sells for about a dollar in any restaurant.  Wine is not the drink of choice except in the more upscale restaurants.  Nevertheless, it is generally half the cost of what we find in the States and is often from Australia, which produces many very acceptable wines.  Beer goes better with Balinese food than wine does.  Additional ice cubes in drinks sometimes have to be requested to satisfy us Americans, but the beer is always cold.  In fact, one time we poured a cold bottle of beer into the frosted glass that was given to us and it cracked the glass!  You know it's going to be cold if that happens!  Another drink that we always love is the fruit juice that is served in Bali.  Rather than strain it, they blend up fresh fruit to make a smoothie-type of pure, fresh fruit.  What a delightful way to get your vitamins!  Nothing could be finer than sipping on a tall pineapple or watermelon juice while lounging under a palapa on the beach!

Unlike the rest of the Indonesian islands, Bali's religion is Hindu rather than Muslim.  A very different atmosphere exists on this tropical island.  It is different from the Hinduism of India.  You will find beef in most every restaurant; and, although there is a traditional caste system, it is not nearly as restrictive as in India.  Handmade, natural material offerings for their many gods can be seen on shrines, in doorways, on statues, and even in cars.  This is their way of acknowledging and respecting both the good and bad spirits around them.  Their meticulously costumed and choreographed traditional dances relay their stories about those spirits to younger generations.

The following pages relay pictures and information about our 2006 trip to Bali.  If you want to see a picture full-screen, double-click on it and then click the "back" button on your browser to return to the text.  Have fun; we certainly did!

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