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In Search of Paradise in Bali

Just the mention of Bali evokes images of a paradise – isolated expanses of powdery white sand beaches, wooden bungalows overlooking turquoise waters, stunning rainforests, and exotic temples and shrines.  I’m talking about the Bali that is romanticized in movies and literature like “Eat, Pray, Love”.  Sadly, this may have been an accurate description of Bali 20-30 years ago, but today, with tourism at an all time high, many areas such as Kuta and Seminyak are tourist meccas with all the accoutrements that go with it – western style bars and restaurants (with accompanying western prices), large hotels and resorts, filthy beaches, and drunk tourists.  

Having been forewarned of this dismal truth, we chose to head inland, to the town of Ubud, which is located in the uplands of Bali.  It is known as a center for traditional crafts and dance.  Surrounded by rainforest and terraced rice paddies, dotted with Hindu temples and shrines, Ubud offers some of Bali’s most famous and most photographed landscapes. Lonely Planet 2019 describes Ubud as “a place where traditional Balinese culture imbues every waking moment, where colourful offerings adorn the streets and where the hypnotic strains of gamelan are an ever-present soundtrack to everyday life.… [Read more]