Seeing the World - Bali Edition II

Greetings! I hope you’ve been well. When I left off the last time Vee and I had gone beach hopping, checked out various cultural dances and performances, visited some amazing temples and of course the rice fields, among other things. As a photographer, I am always conscious of light and up until we visited Mount Batur, I was kind of shooting in whatever light we found our self in. On the day we visited Mount Batur, I wanted to get there by sunrise. This meant that we had to get up super early to start the mission, as it was quite some distance from where we were staying. It was well worth it! Mount Batur is an active volcano and is believed to be quite sacred. People usually hike up the mountain but Vee’s injury wouldn’t let us be great!

 Mount Batur at sunrise.

Mount Batur at sunrise.

 Mount Batur at sunrise.

Mount Batur at sunrise.

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As we were taking in the sunrise, partly in a meditative state, a whole wedding shoot was taking place nearby. What a location for a wedding shoot, you can’t beat that backdrop and the light!!!

 Wedding shoot at Mount Batur!

Wedding shoot at Mount Batur!

 Village around Mount Batur

Village around Mount Batur

 Kids headed to school in the back of the pick up

Kids headed to school in the back of the pick up

Since we were already in the Batur area, we decided to visit the Batur natural hot spring for a nice relaxing dip, and breakfast. Also, being that it was super early meant this was the first time in Bali that we could actually enjoy the scenery in peace without the throng of tourists everywhere. Let me tell y’all, it felt as good as it looks!

 I was in heaven…basically!

I was in heaven…basically!

 Elephant fountain at the hot springs

Elephant fountain at the hot springs

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 Fishing village around Mt. Batur

Fishing village around Mt. Batur

The next day we headed to the sacred water temple, Tirta Empul. The temple is often filled with Balinese Hindu worshipers who come for ritual purification believing that the springs have curative properties. Apart from worshipers, there were plenty of tourists also bathing in the blessed water. Sooooo…. I am super germophobic and didn’t get in, but Vee got enough blessings for both of us!

 A man lets the water from the springs wash over him.

A man lets the water from the springs wash over him.

 Vee about to get her soul purification on.

Vee about to get her soul purification on.

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 A man with an intricate tattoo bathes in the springs.

A man with an intricate tattoo bathes in the springs.

 Offerings left in and around the temple.

Offerings left in and around the temple.

 Lil dude throwing up the peace sign, I see you!

Lil dude throwing up the peace sign, I see you!

We went back and forth about whether to visit the Gili Islands and decided we had come too far not to. We decided on Gili Air because it seemed to fit what we were looking for. Gili Trawangan and Gili Meno are apparently much more quiet and secluded, like lover’s honeymoon destinations. We took a ferry to get there and we were not disappointed with the life of the island and the beauty of the beach there.

 There are no cars on the island, and it reminded me of Lamu. Lots of pretty horses!

There are no cars on the island, and it reminded me of Lamu. Lots of pretty horses!

 The lobby of the little hotel we stayed in!

The lobby of the little hotel we stayed in!

 A man sits watching the festivities on the path.

A man sits watching the festivities on the path.

 Mode of transportation on the island

Mode of transportation on the island

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How you doing….?

 Sunrise on the island.

Sunrise on the island.

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 Definitely utopia!

Definitely utopia!

 This is literally what it felt like to ride on them wagons!

This is literally what it felt like to ride on them wagons!

 Local relaxing by his store front.

Local relaxing by his store front.

 Yo! I love corn/maize, this reminded me of mahindi choma, but with sweet corn!

Yo! I love corn/maize, this reminded me of mahindi choma, but with sweet corn!

 Gili swag!

Gili swag!

The ride back on the ferry was ROUGH! We didn’t think we were going to make it! We spent our last day visiting a few more temples, and hit up the Ubud Art Market. There were so many beautiful things you guys, I only realized later that I didn’t take any pictures, because I was busy shopping!

 When you ask people to take photos of you!

When you ask people to take photos of you!

 Homie for life!

Homie for life!

Bali was so beautiful, so much to see and too little time. I really wish we would have had the time and resources to explore more outside Bali. If you are planning a trip there, brace yourself for the multitudes of tourists EVERYWHERE. The days I enjoyed the most were when we got up earlier and beat the crowds. We give thanks still, and continue to travel and soul search!

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Peace and blessings until the next time!