June 12 Jimbaran Fish Market and Temples

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Jimbaran Fish Market Bali, Indonesia

“It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal.” Joaquin Phoenix

We woke up early this morning and went to the Jimbaran Bay Fish Market. We rode bikes. I haven’t ridden a bike in many, many years. I needed a few blocks to practice but after that, I think I did OK. I didn’t die so I must have done pretty good. The driving is a little bit crazy in Bali compared to the US, you must be focused at all times. I drive on the right side of the road in the US and they drive on the left in Bali, so remembering that and orienting yourself properly is half of the battle. The other half is the part about not dying. If you don’t die, it is a good day.

We found a half-dead kitten at the fish market and our host, Lydia, took her home and named her “Mina” (the sanskrit word for fish). Lydia has the biggest heart for animals. There are all kinds of stray cats and dogs here and she takes care of them all. Seriously, all of them. She brings dog food on the bike ride so that she can feed random animals in the street. She is such a loving soul. She takes care of us too! Lydia rode next to me on the bike so I wouldn’t be afraid when the cars and motorcycles zoomed past this morning. She said: “I’m on the outside, so they will hit me and you will be safe!” No one was hit and I wouldn’t want her to get hit by a car, but it was so sweet that she offered. People who have known me my whole life wouldn’t offer to be hit by a car to save me and she just met me three days ago. She’s a sweetheart. LOL.

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The fishing boats
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Adorned fishing boats
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Woman buying fish from fisherman on behalf of the fish market
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Basket of fish
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Shark?
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Jimbaran Bay
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Fisherman carrying in the fish
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Fishermen in Jimbaran Bay, Bali, Indonesia
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Fishermen on the dock
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Biked to the Fish Market this morning
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Fish heads
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Typical fishing boat
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Good morning, sunshine!
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Oysters! Yummy!
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Clams…delicious!
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Prawns! Mmmmm…
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Whatever in the heck they are…rainbow fish? Trout?
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Scary fish
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Ready to eat! Fishing boat tables…how cute.
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And coconut, of course.
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Tanah Lot is a temple in Bali and the name means land in the sea. The temple is located on a rock in the ocean and it is breathtakingly gorgeous. Tanah Lot is one of seven sea temples located around the island, each one in eye shot of the next.
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Entrance to Tanah Lot
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Lulu at Tanah Lot

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Balinese offering. These are present EVERYWHERE in Bali. The purpose of an offering to the Hindu gods is to give a gift which obligates the recipient (god) to reciprocate. Offering to demons are not given for reciprocation, only a promise that they will go away. The Balinese word for offering is banten. It is believed that the word banten is derived from the sanskrit word Bali which means tribute, obligation or gift.
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Tanah Lot is a temple located on the rock on the left in the ocean
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The many faces of peace, compassion, enlightenment, understanding, confidence, courage, love , strength, unity, oneness

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Taman Ayun Temple Mengwi
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A pura is a Balinese Hindu Temple. Pura means walled city, towered city or palace.

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Puras are open air spaces of worship enclosed within walls and connected with a series of intricately designed gates.

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Taman Ayun Temple Mengwi shrine towers.
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Gargoyle. I’ve been looking for gargoyles during this entire trip and I finally found one!
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Door to a Balinese home. Look at the detail .This workmanship can be found everywhere.

 

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Bali is monkeyland. Monkeys are all over the place roaming freely.MONKEYS ARE NOT YOUR FRIEND.Don’t let their cuteness fool you!

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