Upon arriving in Bali, I didn’t know what to count on. I’d noticed the film “Eat, Pray, Love” and knew it was a tropical island with its share of yogis. I knew it would be hot and humid. I had guessed the meals would be fresh and aromatic with regional spices and lots of rice. But what I didn’t count on was that its residents would be so sort!
Our Balinese guides, Windia and Suwin, went out of their way to make our group really feel welcome. Upon arrival at the airport, we had been each and every met with a lei of the omnipresent plumeria (or frangipani) flower, and their fragrance stayed with us for the remainder of the trip.
For the subsequent a number of days, our guides regaled us with stories about their culture.
Bali’s inhabitants are mainly Hindu, practicing Balinese Hinduism, which is a blend of Shivaism and Buddhism. Everywhere we went, we saw lovely modest offerings, or Canang sari, every day devotional gifts to their gods— and to appease evil spirits. The offerings are placed on the ground, in modest alcoves in walls and in temples. Produced of braided palm leaves into the shape of a modest square basket, the offerings are filled with frangipani, incense and commonly a tiny morsel of meals. They had been so lovely, colorful and delicate, like tiny operates of art that greeting us new each and every morning.
Our group was welcomed at a regional family’s house, exactly where they supplied us the standard Balinese tea and homemade sweets. My preferred was produced with sticky rice, coconut and brown sugar and then wrapped in palm fronds. The time and work that certainly went into wrapping each and every tiny pocket of rice cake didn’t go unnoticed. Though we had been there, we had been in a position to watch the grandmother, whose family members had lived on the compound for 9 generations, construct the every day offerings with her granddaughter.
The Balinese had been often prepared with a smile and with the hands-collectively hand gesture (as if praying) to say thank you. And regardless of the beautiful climate, the fantastic snorkeling and cuisine to knock your socks off, I’d say the Balinese folks had been certainly the unexpected icing on the cake!
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Submitted by Vicki ~ STI Concierge for our Singles Sailing Adventure Bali & Indonesia