We’re Not in Kansas Anymore

Aug 7, 2013 by

As I mentioned in a previous post (Bali Bliss), our time in southeast Asia in June was my first experience of homesickness since I was a child. The architecture, the religion and religious practices  – everything was so foreign from everything I was familiar with back home in North America and Mexico. It only took a couple of days though for the newness of it all to slip away, replaced by awe and wonder. Below are some of the stunning sights we saw – these pictures don’t do them justice, but they’ll give you a taste of the magic of Bali.

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elaborate statues standing several stories high

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every house, business, community centre, shopping mall etc had it’s own temple on-site where the owners/staff give devotional offerins many times a day.

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beautiful, intricate doors in the most unexpected places

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still waiting to make a call…!

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most homes have carvings in their front entrance. The heat and humidity make things look ancient within months!

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history and legend is passed down through elaborate dances with costumes and make-up that are breath-taking

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strict dress-code in the temples. The ceiling of the temple infront of James is painted with natural pigments. Wow.

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this fellow would greet us each day on our walks

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a local palace – the gold accents are stunning

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an all-male 60+ voices choir, chanting – wow!

 

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James really liked this piece at the Elephant Park but it wouldn’t fit in our suitcases on our flight home!