Frangipani blossoms drop silently from branches.
A black kite soars in the evening sky like a giant stingray in a waterless sea.
Scattered floral offerings decoratively litter the ground.
Gamelon sounds in the distance, precursor to another funeral.
Slender young women glide by, all lacy kebaya and sarong.
Dusk is too fleeting.
Roosters crow before dawn and wander at will.
A magic lizard on the bathroom wall feigns a new colour
Early morning, and the night’s fallen jewels are swept away.
Tempe and Tofu, long beans and coconut, sambal pedas
Tumbles of greens with peanut sauce,
Krupuk, Bintang and fruit shakes.
I’m back in Bali again,
The gentle Bali of my dreams,
This time in Pemuteran.
10 thoughts on “Timeless Bali”
Looks like you are enjoying yourself. Make the most of it. Travel goes so fast.
Beautiful. If only everyone treated Bali, and indeed other cultures and countries, with the appreciation and respect you do 🙂
Very kind. yes, I think that it is the duty of all travellers to do this.
Sounds idyllic. Too bad Aussies have given it such a bad reputation as a tourist destination….
Most of the Aussies, English and other bogan party animals tend to stay along the Kuta and Legian strip. It doesn’t take much to steer clear of these zones. We are currently staying on the North west coast in a fairly remote area. There are no shops, no big bars- just a handful of peaceful retreats, 8 restaurants and some dive shops. The folk here have worked hard to restore the reef and turtles are returned to the sea. ( the turtle programme and restoration of the degraded reef was started up by an Australian). The Balinese are happy and smiling and continue with their daily rituals as well as making income from things like diving tours and restaurants. Oddly enough, even down in the busy parts of Bali, the Balinese have retained their Hindu religiousity- perhaps the importance of ritual has increased over the 30 years we have been visiting this island.
BUT- yes, I do blanch at the singleted ockers that board the plane back to Oz. They experience a different Bali to the one I enjoy. I wonder sometimes if I am just a snob.
I don’t think that honouring a culture and immersing yourself in it with respect is snobbish at all. Perhaps I should reconsider Bali as a travel destination…
How very beautiful! Enjoy xo
Thanks Liz, the brain is slow here.
I’m there right now! It’s beautiful and I wish I could move my life here 😀
I try to escape, but Bali always calls me back. I add Bali on to the end of any other holiday- its the wind down place.