“Life, religion and art all converge in Bali. They have no word in their language for ‘artist’ or ‘art.’ Everyone is an artist.” – Anaïs Nin
There is something about Bali or all Indonesian/Asian countries that this so different to the western world. Having never been to a place like Bali before it was definitely an experience I will never forget and I would highly recommend it to anyone. There is so much traffic and noise and people and rubbish. It is extremely overwhelming to the senses to begin with but once you get use to not waiting for traffic to stop to let you cross the road, you have to just go for it and know they won’t hit you, once you get use to saying no thank you to every person trying to get you into their shop or taxi, once you over look all the rubbish on the streets and all the pavements that are in serious need of repair, once you embrace the fact that you are very far from everything you know, you will see this country and it’s incredibly friendly people are just perfect the way they are.
The Religious Culture
Coming from a largely Christian world and being an atheist it can be very interesting to visit a country where religion is a massive part of the culture and everyday lives of it’s people. In Bali the majority of the population practices Balinese Hinduism, there are dozes of temples and shrines on every corner, you will see Canang Sari, which is the daily offering to the supreme God, everywhere in Bali. You will have to step over many of them on the pavements as they are left on the ground outside every shop front.
I don’t think I have ever eaten so much cheap, beautifully arranged and incredibly tasty food in my whole life than I did in the 11 days I spent in Bali. As someone who loves their food and is willing to try anything (within reason) once, I was so excited to try Balinese food, my favourite dish was definitely the traditional Mie Goreng. My mum particularly enjoyed the Nasi Goreng.
Make sure to check out the previous posts on Seminyak and Ubud. I spent 11 days in Bali and even though we managed to squeeze a lot in, we barely touched the surface of what this country holds. I personally can not wait to return and explore some more. I hope these posts will inspire some people to give this incredible country a try once it is safe and the world has returned to some semblance of normal. You will not regret it