BALI

BALI HAI, RAINFORESTS, VOLCANOES AND OUR STOP OFF ON THE WAY TO AUSTRALIA

 

Our flight to Bali

The Balian numberplate

Indonesion money, the rupiah (rp) which comes in 1,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 50,000 denominations.

At 2005 exchanges, £1 = between 17000 and 19000 rupiah

Grotesque guardians protect the entrances to temples

Shiva the hindu goddess and the Balinese umbrellas

The Correalis effect - water draining down the plughole rotates in an anti-clockwise direction south of the equator and clockwise north of the equator. At the equator, the water drains directly down the drain.

Greg's 31st birthday

Age has obviously gone to his head!

Balinese Hinduism and temples

Temples and the threshold of villages are noted by gates and there are signs making you aware of the impending gate!

The gate to a temple and a rather buxom young lady duarding (or enticing) loyal worshippers through the gate!

Monkey forests are located all over Bali. The Balinese Monkey (or long tailed macaque) is considered sacred and they are found running around these designated forests, pestering tourists for bananas.

Mount Agung

Bali's most sacred moutain, Mount Agung, over 3000m in height, the volcano that erupted in 1963 and is still on the verge of devastating the island with renewed seismographic activity in the Ring of Fire.

Hot springs emerge from underground, sulphurous hot water hardly providing relief from the 35 degree heat. Hot springs are found around the base of Mount Agung.

The beautiful infinity pool in Candi dasa looking out at the far off Indonesian islands.

Spicy Balinese food has a lot of chilli with fish and meat satays lathered in peanut sauce and the obligatory chilli!

Tanah Lot - the water temple, precariously balanced on an island is one of Bali's most sacred sites.

The Bali bomb site is located in Kuta and this memorial commemorates the 100+ people that died in the dreadful bomb.

The actual bomb site remains a park and a shrine to those who died

Bali dress

The traditional Bali dress for men consists of a sarong skirt, shirt and a head scarf with a fan. Women wear long skirts and a see-through top with a belt tied over the top.

The 'traditional' Balinese dress was only worn at times when dancing was conducted for royalty. Now it is only worn to for dances for tourists