The streets of Bali are awash today with the sounds of gamelan and the clouds of white kebayas floating towards the ocean for Melasti ceremonies. This is the beginning of Nyepi, the Balinese lunar new year celebrations.
Last week the Galungan and Kuningan holiday celebrations began in Bali which for non-Hindus amongst us means only that there are plentiful local ceremonies to witness, numerous staff absent from work and an abundance of traffic jams on our tiny island roads!
The first time I turned a tiny corner to see the dome of the Pantheon, I had a new comprehension for the famed arrogance of Romans; if ever overbearing pride is to be tolerated it should be for the cause of this city.
We live in one of the most abundant archipelago’s that doesn’t just have beautiful weather but also beautiful farming traditions and a plethora of culinary wealth. And with the rise of the slow food movement, we’ve come to see not just the prominence of organic food but also the rise of ethical restaurants that cater to culinary delights that ease your mind and enrich your heart...