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8 reasons to hire a private guide in Bali

8 reasons to hire a private guide in Bali

We arrived in Bali during the night. Our driver, who we had booked in advance, was waiting for us at the airport. The arrangements were made from our home via the internet two weeks before we left. The driver was the first Balinese person we’ve met. We spent our entire drive to Ubud, which took us 1 hour, talking about his country and listening to his stories about his family and everyday life. The next day, I woke up while…

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Death Under The Sun

Death Under The Sun

I am on Nusa Lembongan, the island neighboring Bali. When biking across the island, I see a small and humble graveyard from the road and I have to stop by. You wouldn’t find any fancy and expensive graves, only crooked headstones amid the trees. But at the same time, this peaceful cemetery does not seem abandoned. The graves are covered by all kind of goods. There are bottles of water or other drinks, bowls of rice, some sweets and biscuits…

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Is life black and white in Bali?

Is life black and white in Bali?

I see black and white checkered sarongs everywhere in Bali. These pieces of cloth are draped over trees, statues, and worn by people in ceremonies. – Nice fabric – I say quietly, and look for the next attraction. – However, this pattern has deep meaning – I hear. The old lady is standing next to me. – Black and white check symbolizes dualism in life – she says – Good and evil, brightness and darkness are building our life together…

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