Category Archives: Bali

An Island Goes Silent for a Day

This year April Fools Day and Nyepi – the Balinese New Year – occur on the same day, so while the tricksters and jokers abound in the western world, the island of Bali goes silent for a day of personal … Continue reading

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Ogoh-Ogoh Monsters

There is rap and hip-hop blaring on the neighboring street of Jalan Sugriwa in Ubud, but this is somehow incongruous with the normal sounds of scooters, horns, gamelan bands, roosters and barking dogs.  A group of teenage boys are rocking out while … Continue reading

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Lemon, Honey and Galangal

There is nothing soothing or comforting about this glass of hot tea.  The first sensation is sweet and lemony but then the ginger assaults the back of your throat and an instant later your mouth is prickly with all your … Continue reading

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