Something that seems to make bali so unique to me is the mystical side of her. It is an island, and almost everyone there is an artist either in music, art, writing, dance, and that seems to make the vibration very high. I also noticed that there is not alot of fear in their culture. They do not have insurance for anything and they also live very much in the moment they are very present. Extremely self sufficent. When you speak with people in Bali they give you their full attention and are very curious about who you are. They are very educated usually speaking five languages and not really thinking much of it. They are mostly hindu, buddist and moslem. Very respectful of each other and of most everything. There is such a sacredness to almost everything they do on a daily basis. I watched an older man one day taking care of the plants, and flowers around the beach side bungalow that I was staying in, he took such care and such love with each and every flower as though it was an honor for him to be doing so. He was in a walking meditation. I learn so much about life every time I travel there. The first time I set foot on the land it was familiar to me, I felt as if I had come home. They carry out each day the same rituals of life that were done 3,000 years ago. The rituals worked then and they work today. You do not have to buy food organic it is organic they know you cannot improve on nature. Work with nature and it will always work with you.
I would like to share some information about vacationing in Bali. It is a great place to visit especially if you can take 30 hours of flying and have minimum of 16 days free to enjoy. It is sooooo worth it. The dollar exchange right now is pretty remarkable for $1.00 u.s. dollar you get approx. 10,000 rupiah. So the most expensive part of your trip will be your ticket price which is about $1,000-$1,500. total. Then once you get there you can stay right on the beach with a double room for $35.00 a night including tax and daily breakfast. Everything in bali is negotiable so do not be timid to barter, friendly of course. You can have massages on the beach for $10.00 u.s. per hour. Make sure you understand the money and also set the price beforehand. The people there are very kind and respectful so be a friendly and respectful ambassador from the U.S. That is the best foreign diplomacy we have. There are lots of travel tips that I will blog about that you will learn everytime you travel there. Believe me once you go you will return and want others to share this amazing experience. There is so much to see and experience in bali, I have been going there for over ten years and still have not seen all of it. I usually stay in a beach side community called Sanur, great little wave and more layed back then Kuta.
It is pretty funny when I first learned that Bali, meant "Island of the Gods" I fell in love with this little island in the Indian Ocean when our sailboat finally docked, after getting all the customs work done and a quick bite with the other members of the crew I could not wait to get on my sneakers, backpack and cruise this island. I knew it was very safe for a woman to travel around alone. It always makes me laugh when people ask if it is safe. Safer than almost anywhere in America I say. As soon as I left the marina and hailed a taxi I fell in love, it was love at first sight. I loved the traffic, the smell of burning incense, the wonderful balinese driver asking me all sorts of questions and the great conversation of two entirely different cultures meeting in this moment in time on this one little island in a sea of 14,000 islands that make up all of Indonesia. I knew that this would be my home someday. I had never felt a place that was so full. That is the only way I can express it, just full. Maybe it is not for the delicate, the traveler that requires western accommodations and food. Bali is for the experienced traveler that can see the 3,000 year old beauty in her amazing face.