Running to stand still
Trip Start Jul 05, 2008
30Trip End Aug 30, 2008
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Parting thoughts on Bali:
One of the most striking things is the architecture and all the details you find everywhere you look. Of course, the natural surroundings can't be beat for beauty. But one of the best things about this is that the beauty of Bali is very much lived in by the Balinese
They put flowers everywhere. Hibiscus and lilies and everything else. Even in the most rural parts, they'll put a fresh flower in the lap of a statue of a god. The women constantly put flowers in their hair. The men are not above putting flowers behind their ears.
There is no (visible) class division. I don't see poor Balinese, I don't see rich Balinese. I'm sure it exists, but everyone seems to have a reasonably comfortable existence. I'm sure the toursism dollars help. It's quite different from face-society in Chinese culture, where if you have money the point is to show it, in loud and often silly ways. Here, no. Also no abject poverty to be seen. And in comparison with other countries I've been to in Asia, Bali is far, far cleaner.
The people are very friendly, and it is a very refreshing change to be in such a nice, friendly, open place. If you ask a Balinese person a question or for help, they don't freak out and look at you like you're asking them to build a rope ladder to Jupiter, even if it's a question they're not used to. They don't get flustered over details or try and get you to do things only their way. If you're coming from a rather abrupt and blunt country, like I am, this change is overwhelming.
Bali in a sentence:
It is a great joy just to know that a place like this exists.