Four Things you Must Do in Bali

Four Things you Must Do in Bali

Bali is a very popular destination which attracts tourism for its excellent value for money, endless rice fields, beautiful beaches, ancient culture and friendly inhabitants.  Hence all kinds of travelers from backpackers, spiritual yogis, to divers and families with kids. Get ready and pack your suitcases for at least one month as there are many things to do!

Visit the Extraordinary Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud

Małpa BaliIt is an amazing experience to hold these amazing creatures in your arms. Take a guide as he will instruct you how to behave and protect you from the monkeys. Beware of the monkeys which might try to steal your belongings!

Go to a Traditional Dance Show

Bali is all about beauty, dance and art. So, go and see a ritual show with dancers in spectacular costumes. Kecak Dance Show in Ubud is the most popular performance. The male dancers sit in a circle, do sounds with their mouths, while the female dancers do an incredible show using all parts of their bodies.

Have a Coffee with a View Over the Rice Fields

The rice fields are a major attraction in Bali. The breathtaking panoramic views are all over Bali, but most tourists come to Tegalalang, a half hour north of Ubud. Take photos from the viewpoint at the top. The best time to see the rice field is in the morning. There are shops and cafes along the top of the terraces. Be respectful towards the Balinese and always ask for permission to take a photo.

See Balinese Ceremonies

Although Bali is surrounded by Muslim countries, it maintained its Hindu religion. The Balinese have temples everywhere, in their houses, in front of their shops and in rice fields. Ceremonies play a very important part in Balinese lives. They serve as entertainment and a way to socialize. The priest leads each ceremony, which is often an art performance that involves dance, drama and music. The participants ask gods for protection against evil and cleanse the unclean spirits after childbirth or bereavement, or illness. We took part in one of the most important ceremonies on the Island, Galungan, a 10-day reunion with ancestral spirits to celebrate the victory of good over evil.

This is a small sample of what you can expect in Bali, the small paradise on earth. It is a feast for the eyes and soul. Experiencing the local culture will bring you back home transformed and coming back for more!

Vocabulary

hence –  for this reason; therefore (stąd)

backpacker – a person travelling with a backpack (turysta wędrujący z plecakiem (zazwyczaj młody i nie mający pieniędzy))

yogis – a person who practices yoga (jogin)

diver – a person that dives (nurek)

sacred – devoted or dedicated to a deity or to some religious purpose (święte)

belongings – possessions (dobytek, mienie)

terrace – a raised level with a vertical or sloping front or sides faced with masonry, turf, or the like, especially one of a series of levels rising one above another (taras)

temple – a place of worship (świątynia)

socialize – to mingle with others (udzielać się towarzysko)

priest – a person whose office it is to perform religious rites, and especially to make sacrificial offerings (kapłan)

evil – the force in nature that governs and gives rise to wickedness and sin (zło)

cleanse – to make clean (oczyszczać)

childbirth – an act or instance of bringing forth a child (urodzenie dziecka)

bereavement – a period of mourning after a loss, especially after the death of a loved one (bolesna strata, np. bliskiej osoby, żałoba)

ancestral – pertaining to ancestors; descending or claimed from ancestors (tu: duchy przodków)

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