So how is Bali?

  • People on Bali hold their culture and traditions very dear. Basically every day you can see some sort of ceremony where everyone has dressed up with Balinese traditional clothing and some dances or music is being performed. Quite often the whole roads are closed up due to this but It’s really nice to look at 🙂
  • Every day Balinese people make small offerings in a from of small baskets filled with various ingredients. They are called Canang Sari. Wikipedia – “Canang sari is one of the daily offerings made by Balinese Hindus to thank the Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa in praise and prayer.[1] Canang sari will be seen in the Balinese temples (pura), on small shrines in houses, and on the ground or as a part of a larger offering”
  • In front of most of the shops, offices and so on there are parking regulators who will guide you to your spot (at least while driving a car) and afterwards they stand in the middle of the road to stop traffic in order you could leave. It actually makes sense since with this kind of traffic there’s just no other way you could join the road, especially if you have to back up
  • People here are really polite. Hello, thank you and goodbye are heard everywhere. We back home in Estonia have a lot to learn from them 🙂
  • In Bali it makes a huge difference whether it’s a low tide or high tide since seaside can be really different. It’s really useful to always have a look of the tide graph before going anywhere (you can find it here). Most of the beaches and places are most beautiful while the water level is low.
  • Be ready to spend some time in traffic jams near the bigger junctions and during the rush hour. Even if you’re on a scooter since in here even that doesn’t help 🙂
  • The island is quite densely populated, especially in the southern part so sometimes along the main streets it can feel like a never ending city. There is approximately 4.5 million people living in Bali so it’s no surprise
  • Bali is the land of resorts. I have never seen so many resorts anywhere and there are quite many areas especially devoted to resorts found in here
  • Surfing is extremely popular here. There are special surfboard holders mounted to many scooters, board rentals in most of the beaches and waves for all kinds of tastes
  • As I already wrote in one of the previous posts there is an entrance fee to most of the beaches and and in fact to most of the places at all 🙂
  • There are 3 active volcanoes in Bali and also a bunch of ones that have been sleeping for a long time
  • Bali is on of the few places you can get the most expensive coffee in the world. It’s called Kopi Luwak and it’s made from beans found in the excrement of a small animal called civet. Apparently they choose only the beast coffee beans and going through their digestive system gives the coffee a very special taste. Haven’t tried it yet but the animals are really cute 🙂
  • The Balinese usually have one of the following 4 names – Wayan, Made, Nyoman or Ketut. They simply mean first born, second born, third born and fourth born and it doesn’t matter if the child is a boy or a girl! Can be quite confusing :). You can read more about it from here
  • Rice fields in Bali are just breathtakingly beautiful!
  • They have a holiday called Nyepi day when everything is shut down (including the airport) and no work, traveling or even noise is allowed!

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