Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Harry explains his art

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This is Harry. He likes to draw. Here he is explaining this to me.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Last Day on Bali in Ubud

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On the last day on Bali we stayed in a swank hotel in Ubud and 'went to town' cause the hotel was way out in the middle of rice terraces. But, the pool was voted one of the top five most beautiful pools in the world by some magazine, and I must agree it was a nice pool.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Temple Burnout.

okay so im a bit grumpy in this one and I had a case of temple burnout and well I should have just been happy to be there and I was, although it doesn't show here. But I was, really!

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Mysterious Elephant Cave

This is the mysterious elephant cave. So said they don't know how it came into being, but this is one of the few sites on Bali that have both Hindu and Buddhist shrines. The people were nice, one guy thanked me for visiting Bali, but another lady gave me an offering to place on a shrine, but after I did it she demanded a donation and wouldn't accept a small donation, she had a minimum, so whatever lady!

Friday, January 27, 2006

Driving around Bali

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Scenes seen from the car, Driving around Bali.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Hiking to a waterfall

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Here I am walking down a steep, semi-paved path down to a waterfall (two post past) and being amazed at all the coffee, avacado, banana, and clove trees. Nothing too exciting just me ranting about it all.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Temple Garden

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Here is another temple and well it has gardens and in the gardens are real loud bugs, a muddy river, pretty orchids in the trees (not in plastic pots like at home) 'floating' pagodas and some scary ass slippery walkways.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Temples, Waterfall and Jungle

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I hiked to a waterfall, down a mountain, through a forest of coffee trees, clove trees and tree ferns, it was real purty!

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Driving through the 'monkey forest' we stopped on the side of the road to see some.....yeah, monkeys. They were cute, although I got chased twice and decided it was time for me to sit in the car and wait for the others. Im a wimp.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Horace Plays with a Bat!

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At this one temple they had some bats hanging around, really big bats, fruit bats, well I got to hold one and they are now my favorite animal, they are cute and fun and sweet. This thing just kept giving me kisses and out of the blue this guy, who handles the bats, puts a toucan on my arm. Very random, but the bat made me happy.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Evil Temple Cat!

okay so I love all cats, well almost all, this one was just so butt ugly and scared and evil, but still kinda cute in an evil, scared, butt ugly sort of way. For some reason it just makes me laugh every time I watch this.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Virgin dance and Fire Dance

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Another part of the Kecak Dance, this part has something to do with sacrificing virgins and then this guy who imitates a horse keeps jumping in a fire and finally he just sits in it. kooky!

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Klang Klang, Bali

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Klang Klang is the former capital of Bali. It has government buildings and things, but they are pretty....really take a look.

it rains alot in Bali

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It rains alot in Bali, so I talk about it........yeah, it is that interesting.......whatever

Saturday, January 14, 2006

(some) Temples in Bali

We finally stopped being chill and went out, hired a driver for the day and went to a bunch of temples.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Walking after the rain (in Bali)

The first few days in Bali were pretty uneventful it rained alot and we were just chill, but after one rain, E and I went for a walk.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

"And I feel wonderful tonight"

lounge acts in the hotel restaurant.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

in a peach room

2nd hotel and I still got bali belly and Im in a sickening peach room.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Hindu offering

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All over bali are these little offerings to appease the gods. Here is a woman laying one out on the beach.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Kecak Dance

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Kecak is the most unique Balines dance which is not accompanied by any orchestra/ gamelan
but by a choir of a hundred men. It has it's orgin in an old ritual dance. "Sanghyan" or Trance dance. In which the dancer is a medium and the dietes or ancestors convey their wishes. In the 1930's the epic Ramayana was included into the dance.
This one only had 30 men, which was a wee bit disapointing, but nonetheless amazing.
It was in the movie Baraka also.

Bali Belly

Day two in Bali, I woke with Bali Belly® very very icky, but I didn't let it get me down. I kept going and had a great time. Antibiotics are the answer, I will never travel with out them again!

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Bali Cats

The first place we stayed had cats. and well I like cats and these were really cute cats. Oh and I thought they would go well with Meryl Haggard.

Friday, January 06, 2006

xmas in Bali

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Xmas morning I woke and they weren't serving the usual breakfast, instead they cooked a big breakfast for all the guest, I think about 14 in total. It was really great. Super nice people, if you go to Bali, stay in Sanur at Flashbacks. An inexpensive nice place to stay.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

First night in Bali

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Our plane didn't land until almost 11pm, so by the time we cleared customs and got to the guest house it was late, so the only place open in Sanur for food that late was a sports bar. They played lots of eminem, house of pain and justin timberlake.