June 15 Museum, Rice Terrace, Yoga

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“We don’t realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace.” Liz Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

I went to the Museum Puri Lukisan today to see traditional Balinese art. The detail and workmanship in the Balinese art is unparalleled. I saw many stories in the art that I felt in my heart. Stories about family, love, ritual, worship. My guide explained much of the Hindu religious beliefs. Bali is a melting pot of Hindu and Muslim religions, Asian, Arabic and European cultures.

After the museum, I headed to the rice terraces and had lunch. After lunch, I climbed the rice terrace – no small feat. Many, many stairs and climbing dirt paths. This was a lot of work and not a trek for the weary. This trek was very physically demanding. I greatly enjoyed sunset restorative yoga at the Yoga Barn in Ubud afterward. It was very relaxing. The sound of rain was soothing. To top off the evening, a seafood dinner on the beach. Another great day in paradise!

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Museum entrance
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Lulu in a tree

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Shiny, sweaty, happy!

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Pig
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Rama and Sita

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Angels
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Hindu gods
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Balinese art is very detailed, this drawing depicts the marketplace
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These characters make me think of “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak. I think he must have been inspired by Balinese art for his children’s story book. I used to love when Mrs. Baker would read this at nap time when I was in pre-school.

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On the way to yoga

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The Yoga Barn in Ubud
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Ganesha – the Remover of Obstacles, God of New Beginnings (my favorite Hindu god)
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Buddha at the Yoga Barn
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Meditating Buddha
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On the way to the cock fight, carrying the basket with prize fighting cock. Cock fighting is HUGE in Bali.
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The other cocks waiting for their fight
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Hindu cremation funeral procession. Hindus are cremated and their ashes are spread in the ocean. They are only put in the ground as a waiting period until the family can gather the money for cremation.

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This very interesting staircase was right across the street from the cockfight that was starting up so I came over here to photograph this instead. I’m not really into bloodsport.
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Check out these cute little cars driving all over Ubud
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Bali’s version of a mini Cooper? Super cute!
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Lunch at the rice terrace
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Chicken satay with peanut sauce and fresh mango juice
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Relaxed
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A journey of a thousand miles starts with one step
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Climbing the rice terrace
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Rice terrace
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Rice Terrace
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Rice terrace
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The view from the top of the rice terrace
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Ganesha in the Enlightened Nirvana pose
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A coconut with dinner
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Grilled seafood dinner on the beach
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I walked down to the water while I waited for my entree

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Tables set for dinner on the beach
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