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Bali is clearly one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Beyond that the people and the culture there is the richest I’ve found in all my travels. The people are so humble, so nice, and so culturally rich. I had the chance to witness a Balinese wedding. Bali is far from where I live, and yet I still feel a very strong longing. I find there’s a real peace tangible there. Life in Bali is simple. The word simple doesn’t do it. It’s something much more pure, it’s not about how rich you are, it’s not about how smart you are, you feel that it’s not about judgment either. It’s more about understanding sincerity. It’s about being true to yourself, and respecting others. I understand why Eat, Pray, Love ends in Bali. The protagonist really finds something about themselves that they couldn’t find otherwise. I don’t care if you liked the movie or thought it was long and boring. The beauty in Bali in the movie was great, but what you really didn’t get to fully realize it there is something about it. Something special there. I hope I can covey a piece of what I experienced.
When I arrived at the airport in Bali, I was already feeling very relaxed. I hadn’t decided yet how I was going to get to my $6 hostel a block from the beach in Kuta. I was still at the airport, looking for some wifi when I was sitting in some little café when I noticed a young girl was staring at me. I’d look back and she was really staring at me. I smiled and she smiled back. It was great. I think I figured it out. I was strange to this young girl.
Later on, my first stop of my personal tour. In fact I hired a driver from the airport to take me to my hotel, drop my stuff and then we’d go visit a large torso statue. While I was taking pictures, a man approached me and asked if his daughter could take a picture of me. I was a bit shocked, but remembered the girl from the airport. Sure. I replied and handed him my camera. The girl took a picture, but didn’t seem ok. I asked what was wrong. He then explained she wanted to be in the picture with me. She then approached and was much much happier as she stood next to me and her father took a picture of her. This would repeat itself multiple times, and in other parts of Asia. I have learned to embrace it. It’s gets even better when I have my kids with me. It’s much more “lucky” to have pictures with my pale skinned kids.
Now let me tell you about Kuta. Kuta is known for it’s surfing, it’s a great tourist town, great shops, relaxing atmosphere, and it really attracts the tourists. Lots of Australians, lots of Japanese, and Koreans. Kuta is becoming more of a resort area. Most of the hotels on the island are in Denpassar, Ubud and Kuta the beach suburb. Ubud has everything a tourist could want minus the beach, which is why Kuta is popular… the great beaches. Bali is a very cheap place to learn to surf.
The south end of the island is Uluwatu. An incredibly beautiful Hindu temple on a cliff overlooking an amazing rocky shore. The sun begins to set and monkeys run around. A troop of monkeys including itty bitty little monkeys.
I was walking around, soaking up the sun and taking some video when this little monkey jumped onto my shoulders. I was taken by surprised as he treated me like a fellow monkey and started picking at my hair, face, and ears. It was then he started climbing down my arm to check out my camera. He was really getting quite comfortable, and I was definitely enjoying it when I started walking and he got freaked out and jumped back off.
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This post is in a series of 7 posts on the 7 Wonders of the New World
- Great Wall of China – Sacrifice of a Nation
- Christ the Redeemer Statue – Religious Icon of Rio Brazil
- Taj Mahal – Sacred Mausoleum of Agra India
- Petra Jordan – Nabataean Cave City of the Desert
- Machu Picchu – Lost Sacred City of the Incas
- Chichen Itza – Ancient Mayan Temple Pyramid
- Colosseum Amphitheatre of the Ancient Roman Empire
The lost city of Macchu Picchu. What an amazing and historical place filled with mystery. The Jewel of the Incas is spectacular. Definitely one of the coolest places to hike, explore, and take in the spirit. Lots of great photos to take, people to meet, cultures to explore. (Pictured below is the city of Cuzco with a nice llama in the foreground along with my baby Dean, a favorite among the locals.)
I flew into Lima, Peru which was already a pretty long flight. Lima is a fascinating city it’s own right. It was my first city in South America, but what a great first experience it was. All of the modern amenities, great hotels, great museums, lots to see. I hope you like cathedrals, and gold, and the mysteries of the Incas. There’s some great food, great get aways. Lima is on the coast, and there are some awesome restaurants and great board walk. Too many think that south of Mexico is more Mexico. In the U.S. and likely much of the world has Mexican restaurants helping the world appreciate burritos, tacos, and enchiladas, but it takes a little digging to find Argentine and Brazilian steak houses. What of Peru. What you definitely find in South America is very distinct cultures, very different food, and even clothing. If you haven’t made it yet to South America, I recommend Peru as a great place to start. Peru has Amazon Rain forests, Andes Mountains, and desert and beaches. (Pictured: Agnes, Michael, me, David, Tony, and Jose)
I grew up really LOVING “Ripley’s Believe it or Not”, reading the comic strip, reading the books, and later watching the shows. I imagined myself having a job like his. Travel the world and capture images and stories the bizarre and fantastic. My trip to the golden triangle of Thailand included amazing animals including elephants, tigers, monkeys, and cobras, with people so far removed from my world, from indigenous people living off the land, to refugee hill tribes are simply happy to find peace. The refugees escaping oppression and seeing extreme contrast in Thai joy and Burmese oppression. Visiting the hill tribes especially the long neck Karen tribe was the fulfillment of a childhood dream. What a joy to spend time in the “Land of Smiles.”
The big question is why did they start putting these rings on their necks?
There are a number of reasons to describe why they have the rings on their necks.
- The rings actually coils make them more beautiful are a sign of beauty and wealth
- The coils are designed to protect their necks from tigers!
- The coils make the women unattractive to the nearby tribes.
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