Bali – a picture of contrasts

After completing their training in Pandeglang, Dr’s Groberg and Visick (and wives) headed off to Bali for a respite before they flew home.  We had never been, and it’s only a 1.5 hour flight from Jakarta, so we joined them for a couple days and also to visit Puspadi Bali, a potential partner.  We saw some beautiful scenery and had a nice couple days, but the highlight of the trip was our visit to Puspadi Bali – more on that later as it will have its own post.

A few comments about Bali – it is indeed as beautiful as its reputation.  It has been written about in books, seen in movies, shown in countless pictures.  It is the feature of Indonesian tourism advertising – all for good reason.  The resorts are spectacular and beautiful.  And of course, it is very expensive by Indonesian standards.  However, it is a wicked contrast to the rest of Indonesia – it is the definition of the ‘haves vs. the have-not’s’.  (Not dissimilar to many resorts around the world compared to the community outside the gates – Cancun, Mexico, Pukhet, Thailand, or lots of others.)  Places where the locals are a part of it only because they work there.  In what we do, we see so much of the “have-not” side, it’s difficult to spend a lot of time in the middle of the “have” side.

I will post some random pics over the next few posts of what we saw , but here are a few for now:

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The open air lobby of the Inaya Putri Bali hotel

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From the beach looking back at the hotel

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The beach

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Sunrise over the pool

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The majority of Bali is Hindu, so there are statues of Hindu gods and Hindu temples everywhere.

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Orchids everywhere on the hotel grounds

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Everywhere are “offerings” to the gods – outside of homes, businesses, restaurants, temples, etc.

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A little band roamed the beach.  They came into the restaurant and rumor has it I borrowed the guitar and played a rousing rendition of “La Bamba” with them.  Not confirming or denying….

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Dave and the Bali Bandits

Side note – Bali is quite hot – hotter than I expected.  There are also not a lot of Americans or Canadians here because it is a long, difficult trip of 30+ hours to get here.  It is however, very popular with Australians/New Zealanders and Asians, which is only a 4-6 hour flight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One response to “Bali – a picture of contrasts”

  1. MaryandBill Pier says :

    Tough duty but someone has to do it. Since you do not mention the monkeys stealing your cameras, glasses or hats you made it through with only gaining a few unwanted fellow travelers that got washed down the drain. Thanks for sharing this adventure it brings back great memories.

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