A picture paints a thousand words

Trip Start Mar 01, 2014
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Trip End Nov 20, 2014


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Monday, March 31, 2014

Hi all :-)

I have now come to the end of my month of volunteer work with the Green Lion project and as expected it pushed me well out of my comfort zone but I have learnt so much about the Balinese culture and also myself that it has been 100% worth it!

Already I have met some wonderfully kind and inspiring people (both other volunteers and the locals), have surprised myself with how much I enjoyed teaching English, have learnt to appreciate the value of just letting go and immersing yourself into a completely different way of life and also realised the comforts of a slice of vegemite toast and cup of tea when you are sick for almost a with the dreaded 'Bali belly'!

As the saying goes 'a picture paints a thousand words' so rather than a long essay this time I will sum up my experience so far with a few of my favourite photos! Enjoy :-)

Now I get to spend a week in beautiful Seminyak holidaying with my lovely Mum. We will relax and swim by the resort pool, get pampered at day spas, go to yoga classes, shops, eat fine organic food and watch sunsets while sipping on cocktails....don't be too jealous! But today is Hari Nyepi (aka as Silence Day) where the whole of Bali switches off - quite literally. The airport is completely closed, no travel is allowed, whether by motorised means or using your own two feet, all household electricity is banned and any kind of noise is a big no-no. It is day of introspection and reflection for Balinese families and the most traditional folk will even abstain from talking to each other for the whole day. There are no shops or business open at all during Nyepi, the only exception being emergency medical services. Tourists are not spared either. The only sign of life on the street is the menacing sight of the Pecalang (Nyepi police) who patrol local areas in search of wayward locals trying to sneak out but will also politely but firmly escort curious tourists back to their hotel. In some smaller hotels guests are completely left to their own devices without so much as a single candle and certainly no food or water for 24 hours. Luckily for us where we are staying we are provided with a few more comforts. Buffet breakfast was still served, we able to relax by pool and swim all day, able to use the gym (which of course I made use of). We also have room service available until 6pm, electricity is available but no outside lights on after 6pm and we must be in rooms by 6pm with curtains drawn. So virtually we are prisoner for the day, however Mum and I are using the opportunity as a delightful experience to catch up and pretty much do nothing for the day! The peace and quiet (very rare in Bali) is bliss and the Nyepi experience is unique and there is no other day like it anywhere else in the world!

Happy silence day!!
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