Contrasting differences and Soul searching – introspection
A life-changing journey and soul-searching in a country where people live poorly, sometimes only having what is absolutely necessary, perfectly harmonized with the natural environment, faithful to their values and traditions.
This energy on the island, which is not defined clearly, may be hidden in simplicity and faith.
Touch the spirit ,Ubud Bali
Ubud ,the cultural heart of Bali
Watch for frequent ceremonies
The beauty of Ubud is hard to describe, the contrasting images surprise you from the first moment. It is a city with rapid tourist development, anarchic construction, and terrible traffic on the streets.
Trucks, horns, people loaded on two-wheelers along with merchandise, vendors, without traffic-lights, no signage, until someone voluntarily takes on traffic officer duties and everything works without yelling and with good mood.
By the evening, most streets are marginally illuminated, you need a flashlight to be able to see where you’re going, all of this is helping you feel the hippie vibe and the zen magic in a way.
Most of the citizens are Hindu, they believe in karma, with what has been done in the past affecting the future.
At the end of the day, the tourist product is all this spirituality of the island, the opportunity for meditation and yoga lessons and the deep relaxation offered by a local massage technique.
The ceremonies and offerings to the gods are the most important part of everyday life. Canang sari is a bamboo basket with candies, flowers, biscuits, aromatic sticks, cigarettes, for the visible and invisible, both good and bad gods. Canang saris can be found in temples, left on the sand, in the shops, at the stops, on the cars, everywhere.
You may often find yourself involved in a religious procession. Women dressed in beautiful traditional costumes, baskets with fruit on their head, hairy barrons and children are all, passing by in front of you and disappearing in a moment. Yellow chrysanthemums welcome you to the entrances along with plummeria, the flower of the island, that the women wear behind the ear and fill the air with a pleasant scent at night.
The rice fields, recognized as a cultural landscape of Unesco, demonstrate how much the inhabitants love and respect their land. The best lies beyond the tourist map, on the way to the beautiful villages of the Kintamani area.
As you go uphill, the landscape gets a bit mysterious, the fog dissipates, and the sudden storm makes the colours and scents more intense.
The vibrant green is lit up by red hibiscus, palm trees, coffee trees, and lush vegetation.
In rural villages you will not find tourists, only local smiles shyly welcoming you. The kindness in these peoples’ souls is touching. The area is full of coffee, chocolate, tea plantations as well as exotic fruit and flower crops. We visited Agrowisata Satria, a plantation with organic farming products and we bought wonderful ginger tea.
The route to the volcano area is particularly tiring but seeing the active volcano, Gunung Agung you feel in awe. For the inhabitants, it is a holy mountain, the navel of the world.
At its base, there is the most important and most sacred temple of the island, Pura Besakih – the mother temple.
A temple built at an altitude of 1000 meters, about 1000 years old, with stunning views from its top, remained there against the rage of the lava that burned everything in 1963. A serene part with gongs and smoke flavors accompanying the ceremonies of the faithful.
An hour after the village of Besakih you reach Kintamani with the Mount Batur and the view of a magnificent lake. The village is crowded by people and filled with buses, the volcano and the area is covered with dense fog, but within a few minutes the sky clears and the view of the caldera looks impressive.
Touring Ubud's Rice Fields
Vibrant seas of green,Ubud
A walk in a tropical forest inhabited by about 700 macaques, of all ages.
Goa Gajah is a small cave in Ubud, a UNESCO heritage monument, next to it river Petanu flows, with beautiful meditation points.
Pura Agung Besakih
A wonderful water-filled temple, in the central part of Ubud, next to the café lotus. Wearing a Sarong is mandatory for entering temples.
Ubud Wanna resort a small hotel complex near the monkey forest.
Peaceful, green surroundings, beautiful rooms with an excellent choice being those with direct access to the lovely swimming pool.
The island’s cuisine is based on Chinese cuisine with many vegetables, greens, fruits, rice, meat, and fish.
The Favored fruit is the tasty salak is also called snake fruit for its scaly peel-like skin.
My warung Ubud The best place to taste the delicious traditional dishes. Excellent service and environment
The cranes of Petulu. a peculiar and exciting spectacle occurs every evening near Ubud in the village Petulu when thousands of white cranes gather there to spend the night and fly away the next day.
In this spot, after an attempted coup there was bloodshed and the locals believe that the souls of the dead return as birds.
A piece of advice.
Avoid driving! Driving in Bali is not the safest way of traveling. For your transportation, hire a taxi or a car and a driver. We were lucky to meet Made, our driver on the routes around Ubud. I will never forget how peaceful he was and his world view.
Luxurious Resorts ,Nusa Dua
Surfing Nusa Dua
This is the area where the biggest and most famous hotel chains are situated. This area is isolated from the rest of the islands.
It is a place where the locals cannot enter. It is surrounded by fences and with all the controls you feel like you are crossing the border to another country.
When you stay there you form a completely different impression of the island from that of the inland.
The seashore is endless and ideal for families with young children as the coral reefs protect it from the big waves like a wall.
The sea is warm and soft like (face) powder but with currents that pull you to the shore and change direction, making swimming difficult. The seabed is rich in fish and corals making diving worthwhile.
Surfing and diving are the sports that you should definitely try as there are organized sea sports centers. This trip to the island of gods may not change your life but it will be the threshold of changing the way you see the world