This is a guest post from Jason Lowder at Internations.org
Ever since Julia Roberts went soul-searching in Bali’s paradise and managed to snatch up Javier Bardem in “Eat, Pray, Love”, the destination has gained considerable popularity. But whether you visit Bali for a vacation or quick get-away or are staying to experience life in Bali, it is easy to get stuck in the usual routine of your holiday resort or workplace. The good news: Bali has a lot to offer for people who look to take a break and experience the island in a whole new way. (more…)
Nyepi, some love it, some hate it and for the Balinese it is just another important holiday to celebrate that happens every year. Those that happen to be in Bali during Nyepi can often find the rules and customs surrounding it quite surprising and restrictive although it all happens for a reason.
Nyepi can be relaxing or a lot of fun depending on who you are and where you plan to spend the day. Just make sure that you are respectful and learning a bit more about the history of Nyepi should help you to do just that.
If you take a walk around Ubud these days and pop into its many cafes, you will notice a trend. There are many women there who are on a similar journey as Elizabeth Gilbert took in her now famous book turned movie, Eat, Pray, Love.
While Bali is certainly not an unheard of destination, there are still many people who don’t know enough about it to ever justify a trip here. Many were hoping that it would (and also many were hoping that it wouldn’t) expose Bali to the rest of the world that had been turning a blind eye towards the island until this point.
Did the movie really do the Island of the Gods justice though?
At one point Bali was known to be completely Rabies free despite all of the wild dogs running around. Within the past couple of years however there have been Rabies outbreaks that have tarnished Bali’s Rabies-free image.
Many tactics have been introduced to try and control the spread of Rabies, with some of them being helpful, some of them not and some being just plain controversial. One of the problems that exists is that since Rabies is still a new disease in Bali, it is largely misunderstood by the majority of local Balinese, both in its severity and in its treatment.