Finally Bali!

This was my third visit to Bali. The first was in the early nineties to visit my friend Claire,

My friends Clare's home in Bali, high in the mountains!
My friends Clare’s home in Bali, high in the mountains!
My friends Clare's home in Bali, high in the mountains!
My friends Clare’s home in Bali, high in the mountains!
My friends Clare's home in Bali, high in the mountains!
My friends Clare’s home in Bali, high in the mountains!

she has lived here for years, the second was to visit the People Bridge Project we had funded and this time as the guest of the Bali BK’s. Sister Janaki,

Wonderful Sister Janaki!!
Wonderful Sister Janaki!!

the Coordinator for the Bali, Indonesia BK’s, was in Toronto, met me and called me a “World Citizen”, and invited me to Bali. That was her mistake because I always show up! (She was a perfect host)

BK centre in Bali!
BK centre in Bali!
Meeting Hall in BK Centre in Bali!
Meeting Hall in BK Centre in Bali!

I stayed at the very beautiful, very large Centre in Denpasar, and had a room at the top of the Centre, with air-con and fans (very comfortable). The Centre works like a well-oiled machine, over 100 people come for meditation every day and at least twice a week, major meals are prepared and served. Sister Janaki is from Australia, but has lived here for over 20 years and has built the Centre from scratch; she also does a regular TV show. When I was there it was Hindi Day 

From my room on Hindi Day!
From my room on Hindi Day!

and the Indian Diplomatic community had a celebration at the Centre, with all kinds of music and dance, I think in some part out of respect to Sister Janaki and her contribution to the community. The BK’S are also involved in the construction of a new building which will house over 1000 people… I travelled on the back of a motor-scooter (much better than a car) the traffic is horrendous!!!

That's me under the head gear! With my taxi motor-scooter driver in Bali!
That’s me under the head gear! With my taxi motor-scooter driver in Bali!

What did I do, I presented few programs, visited Penang, Sayubaya and Brother Frank’s Centre (also an Aussie). I spent time at swimming pools in various hotels, and saw the sights of Bali. I also reconnected with 2 old friends, Monica,

With Monica, maybe 20 years, since we last met!
With Monica, maybe 20 years, since we last met!

an artist, who has lived in Bali for years, and Peter, we used to work together when my kids were very young and I was doing volunteering at community activities, Peter now lives in Bali for half the year and Vancouver Island for the rest of the year, I visited 2 Healers for my finger, the first one prodded, massaged, ‎pulled and said if it feels better in 3 days, come back and if not don’t, it didn’t, the second healer, said just have surgery!! So much for Eastern Medicine!!! And I had a wonderful massage, the best!!!‎

The Balinese people have very gentle spirits and Bali is mostly Hindu, while the rest of Indonesia is mostly ‘Muslim (largest Muslim population in the world). They work very hard and have ceremonies nearly everyday, usually prepared by the women, the families live together in compounds, all generations, grandparents, parents, brothers and sisters, etc., they cook, eat and pray together, all compounds have a temple.

There is wonderful love of family and commitment to preserving their heritage!

The only down side was the heat, it was sunny and 35 to 39 degrees celcius, very hot, it’s suppose to be the rainy season, but no rain, so the heat was very oppressive, for me anyhow!

I should also say a big thank to Sister Darma, she cooked for me every day, and made sure I had bread (which she baked), tomatoes, something green, fruit and COFFEE, none of which is a part of her regular diet.

Back in Toronto after spending 2 nights on planes! More later!! And believe it or not, the cold weather feels good!!

P.S.

While in Bali, I was called a Flashpacker, I had no idea what it meant, had to Google. “Flashpacking” is term used for backpackers/nomads who upscale their travels. They travel with a backpack, but they stay in nicer digs, carry fancy electronics, have more money, and tend to be a bit older. They are backpackers with means! I not sure my luggage qualifies me for this, but I am getting better!

Extra photos

Not sure what this is, look like I am in parade!
Not sure what this is, look like I am in parade!
Beautiful resort called Jungle Fish in the Jungle!
Beautiful resort called Jungle Fish in the Jungle!
Ganesh
Ganesh

3 thoughts on “Finally Bali!

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  1. Hi Betty It sounds like a fabulous trip! Great to hear from you and hope we can get together soon. How long are you in town? Love as always Prue

  2. Dear Betty, You lead the most fascinating life. I wish a television crew was following you about. Actually, I wish I were a part of that television crew following you around(Director). I think it would make a terrific reality show. I just read an article in the NY Times about a growing trend which is even happening in NYC, MEDITATION BARS (no alcohol). So, anything is possible don’t you think?

    Safe travels.

    xoxox Kathy

    On Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 9:05 AM, The Nomadic Intern wrote:

    > Betty Steinhauer posted: “This was my third visit to Bali. The first was > in the early nineties to visit my friend Claire, she has lived here for > years, the second was to visit the People Bridge Project we had funded and > this time as the guest of the Bali BK’s. Siste” >

  3. Your story reminds me clearly of the heat there which I was challenged to deal with … their ceremonies are the most colorful that I have seen bar none – such a lovely place … and the Indian Ocean was so warm to the touch it was like a bath – nice to remember some of that beautiful place, thanks Betty

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