Walking through the airport you see lots of surfers arriving & departing with their long boards underneath one arm. This is a popular island for surfing. The beaches are not so much beautiful but it’s the waves that bring surfers here from all over. The rainy season is November through March. I thought arriving at the end of March I’d miss the rain but it’s still in effect. The sun is super strong here with even just the rays coming in through the clouds make it HOT! Laying by the pool my skin got a little too much sun. The temperature mixed with the humidity & being so close to the equator makes it hard to lay out.
The town of Ubud is about an hour drive from the airport. After getting through traffic in the center of Bali, passing through foothills and rice fields to reach the quaint town where the movie, Eat Pray Love was filmed with Julia Roberts. It’s very peaceful. I would recommend this place for anyone who wants to get away & totally relax & meditate. We stopped by Ketut Liyer’s home where he reads people’s fortunes. You have to have an appointment with him & there were 2 people who he was reading so I just got some pictures of him.
The people of Bali are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. To every house that is built they build a temple for good luck & to pray to their Gods 3x a day (picture of the lady waving). I was here for the Hari Nyepi Cakra which is a day of silence, fasting & meditation. Women walk from their homes to the village temples balancing baskets of offerings on their heads that they bring to their Gods. The offerings contain fruits & flowers. People parade down the streets dressed in their holiday attire.