Slowly but surely I am getting these photos uploaded…
One day in Ubud I happened to stumble upon a funeral procession. Ladies carried all manner of offerings on their heads while the men carried a large tower (the taller the tower the richer the deceased) followed by a larger-than-life paper mache bull.
Upon arriving at the temple grounds, the tower was dismantled and burned after the ashes of the deceased, who was cremated over a month ago, were transferred to the bull. The bull was filled with favorite articles of the deceased while they were living along with some goodies for the afterworld. The bull was burned while the ladies in the background sang a dirge.
The Ubud Palace is located in the heart of downtown (if you could call it a downtown) Ubud. The courts are open to the crawling, prying, and snap-happy tourists, though the private domain where the family still lives is mercifully closed off. The fashion coordination with the palace color scheme was unintentional.
Ubus is also home to many artists. Whole families specialize in certain crafts like painting or woodcarving, and the knowledge is passed on from generation to generation. This is but one gallery, touting itself as the “Art Zoo.” When I walked by they were playing an Adele CD loud and clear.
Bali was featured in the Amazing Race, which I watched with my parents before departure. One site of the contest was in the Monkey Forest, located in Ubud, so I made a point to go there, which I have written about before. The monkeys were friendly enough, though if you try to shoo them away while they are trying to take your stuff they can get nasty. But this guy works in the forest and seems to have a good rapport with the residents.
Kite flying is a popular sport for little boys. The seaside, with its winds and lack of obstructions like trees and powerlines, is a perfect location. These little boys played all afternoon, running up and down the seawall on Nusa Lembongan Island. The kite is just a tiny speck at the top-center of the picture.
This rocky point is marked as “Devil’s Tears” on the map, which I found by following a cow path through a grassy plain near the beach. What a show! I am very thankful to have been above the water and not in it. A few minutes after this picture was taken a wave came in that practically reached the spot where I was previously sitting. Quote from that moment: “Let’s get out of here!”