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12 Mar

Bali

Published by Ju Moody

(05/03/2014 - 16/04/2014)

C'est avec un immense plaisir que j'ai retrouvé Bali et les très souriants et très sympathiques indonésiens!!! Dès l'arrivée à l'aéroport, je plaisante avec un douanier à la présentation de mon passeport, un autre me pose pleins de questions, et quand je leur sors quelques mots en bahasa indonésien que j'ai révisé dans l'avion ils sont ravis.

Première nuit à Kuta et retrouvailles avec le coucher de soleil et les centaines de jeunes indonésiens qui viennent l'admirer, avec le nasi goreng et le Sky Garden...

Ma première surf session a été géniale (I was almost looking like like a professional the guy said...). Le lendemain, je suis retourné surfer, c'était plus gros, beaucoup plus gros... la première session fut une vraie machine à laver, je n'ai pris qu'une seule vague et quelques tasses, la deuxième plus tard dans la journée ne fut pas beaucoup mieux... résultat: 75 euros et un bon ami!

La suite... des plages, des balades, des couchers de soleil, des rencontres, des rires, de la spiritualité, Nyepi (une journée de silence complet lors duquel personne n'est autorisé à sortir de chez soi, même l'aéroport est fermé) et autant d'expériences qui ne peuvent être capturés par un appareil photo mais qui font de très beaux souvenirs...

Pour mes derniers jours à Bali, j'ai eu la chance extraordinaire d'assister à la cérémonie de la première pleine lune après Nyepi de l'intérieur. Notre ami Wayan Cintami nous a amené chez lui, à Kintamani, pour une expérience hors du commun et mémorable à plusieurs titres. Au programme: balade dans les rizières, déjeuner sur le lac, combat de coqs, durian, cérémonie traditionnelle, prières hindouistes et rencontre avec les locaux chez eux... Génial !!!

Et c'est donc avec un peu de tristesse que j'ai quitté ce lieu magique et avec encore plus de bonheur que je le retrouverai la prochaine fois, très vite... :)

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I have had great pleasure to be back in Bali and meet again with the very smiling and nice Indonesian people! As soon as I arrived at the airport, I have fun with a custom when I handle him my passport, another one asks me plenty of questions, and when I manage to speak few words in bahasa Indonesian (I have done my homework in the airplane) they are even more smiling.

My first night in Kuta was great and about meeting again with the ambiance, the sunset and the thousands of local people making the beach busy, eating nasi goreng and partying at Sky Garden…

My first session has been awesome (I was almost looking like like a professional the guy said...). The following day waves were much bigger… first session in the morning has been washing machine like, I could only stand up on one single wave and have been hit by many of them. The second session later in the afternoon has been… well… 75 euros and a good friend!

Then… beaches, travelling around, sunsets, meeting with great people, laughers, spirituality, Nyepi (a silent day during which no one is allowed to go out, and even the airport is closed all day long) and many other life experiences that could not be captured by a camera but that will make very good mementos…

For my last days in Bali, I have had incredibly lucky to be able to attend the first full moon ceremony after Nyepi from the traditional prospective thanks to my friend Wayan who brought us in his home town in Kintamani. This has been an outstanding experience that I will remember forever. This has included eating and drinking a fresh young coconut in front of wonderful rice paddies, having lunch on the lake, attending to a cockfighting, eating durian, being inside the traditional ceremony, praying as an Hindu and meeting with the local people and Wayan’s relatives.

I have therefore been quite sad to leave this magical place, and I will have even more pleasure to be back over there… very soon… :)

First day back in Paradise... with a beautiful sunset on the busy Kuta beachFirst day back in Paradise... with a beautiful sunset on the busy Kuta beach
First day back in Paradise... with a beautiful sunset on the busy Kuta beach
First day back in Paradise... with a beautiful sunset on the busy Kuta beachFirst day back in Paradise... with a beautiful sunset on the busy Kuta beach

First day back in Paradise... with a beautiful sunset on the busy Kuta beach

Gili Trawagan: sunset on the Gunung Agung and a few pics to show how stressed I have been...Gili Trawagan: sunset on the Gunung Agung and a few pics to show how stressed I have been...
Gili Trawagan: sunset on the Gunung Agung and a few pics to show how stressed I have been...Gili Trawagan: sunset on the Gunung Agung and a few pics to show how stressed I have been...
Gili Trawagan: sunset on the Gunung Agung and a few pics to show how stressed I have been...Gili Trawagan: sunset on the Gunung Agung and a few pics to show how stressed I have been...Gili Trawagan: sunset on the Gunung Agung and a few pics to show how stressed I have been...

Gili Trawagan: sunset on the Gunung Agung and a few pics to show how stressed I have been...

Balian beach, and don't imagine I have surfed these waves...
Balian beach, and don't imagine I have surfed these waves...Balian beach, and don't imagine I have surfed these waves...Balian beach, and don't imagine I have surfed these waves...
Balian beach, and don't imagine I have surfed these waves...Balian beach, and don't imagine I have surfed these waves...

Balian beach, and don't imagine I have surfed these waves...

Amed: Bali same same but different...Amed: Bali same same but different...
Amed: Bali same same but different...Amed: Bali same same but different...
Amed: Bali same same but different...Amed: Bali same same but different...Amed: Bali same same but different...

Amed: Bali same same but different...

Pererenan beach in Canggu from the very nice Pondok Nyoman Bagus hotel, and the must see Tanah LotPererenan beach in Canggu from the very nice Pondok Nyoman Bagus hotel, and the must see Tanah Lot
Pererenan beach in Canggu from the very nice Pondok Nyoman Bagus hotel, and the must see Tanah LotPererenan beach in Canggu from the very nice Pondok Nyoman Bagus hotel, and the must see Tanah Lot
Pererenan beach in Canggu from the very nice Pondok Nyoman Bagus hotel, and the must see Tanah LotPererenan beach in Canggu from the very nice Pondok Nyoman Bagus hotel, and the must see Tanah Lot

Pererenan beach in Canggu from the very nice Pondok Nyoman Bagus hotel, and the must see Tanah Lot

One very long amazing day in Ubud... pics only about the Ogoh-Ogoh during Nyepi and the great Plataran hotel for my Birthday
One very long amazing day in Ubud... pics only about the Ogoh-Ogoh during Nyepi and the great Plataran hotel for my Birthday
One very long amazing day in Ubud... pics only about the Ogoh-Ogoh during Nyepi and the great Plataran hotel for my Birthday
One very long amazing day in Ubud... pics only about the Ogoh-Ogoh during Nyepi and the great Plataran hotel for my Birthday
One very long amazing day in Ubud... pics only about the Ogoh-Ogoh during Nyepi and the great Plataran hotel for my Birthday
One very long amazing day in Ubud... pics only about the Ogoh-Ogoh during Nyepi and the great Plataran hotel for my Birthday
One very long amazing day in Ubud... pics only about the Ogoh-Ogoh during Nyepi and the great Plataran hotel for my Birthday
One very long amazing day in Ubud... pics only about the Ogoh-Ogoh during Nyepi and the great Plataran hotel for my Birthday
One very long amazing day in Ubud... pics only about the Ogoh-Ogoh during Nyepi and the great Plataran hotel for my Birthday
One very long amazing day in Ubud... pics only about the Ogoh-Ogoh during Nyepi and the great Plataran hotel for my Birthday
One very long amazing day in Ubud... pics only about the Ogoh-Ogoh during Nyepi and the great Plataran hotel for my Birthday
One very long amazing day in Ubud... pics only about the Ogoh-Ogoh during Nyepi and the great Plataran hotel for my Birthday
One very long amazing day in Ubud... pics only about the Ogoh-Ogoh during Nyepi and the great Plataran hotel for my Birthday

One very long amazing day in Ubud... pics only about the Ogoh-Ogoh during Nyepi and the great Plataran hotel for my Birthday

Padang Padang with "Julia Roberts" and Uluwatu with the impressive chanting and dancing Kecap...Padang Padang with "Julia Roberts" and Uluwatu with the impressive chanting and dancing Kecap...
Padang Padang with "Julia Roberts" and Uluwatu with the impressive chanting and dancing Kecap...Padang Padang with "Julia Roberts" and Uluwatu with the impressive chanting and dancing Kecap...
Padang Padang with "Julia Roberts" and Uluwatu with the impressive chanting and dancing Kecap...Padang Padang with "Julia Roberts" and Uluwatu with the impressive chanting and dancing Kecap...
Padang Padang with "Julia Roberts" and Uluwatu with the impressive chanting and dancing Kecap...Padang Padang with "Julia Roberts" and Uluwatu with the impressive chanting and dancing Kecap...Padang Padang with "Julia Roberts" and Uluwatu with the impressive chanting and dancing Kecap...

Padang Padang with "Julia Roberts" and Uluwatu with the impressive chanting and dancing Kecap...

Rice paddies and the Batur volcano with its lake
Rice paddies and the Batur volcano with its lake
Rice paddies and the Batur volcano with its lake
Rice paddies and the Batur volcano with its lake
Rice paddies and the Batur volcano with its lake
Rice paddies and the Batur volcano with its lake
Rice paddies and the Batur volcano with its lake
Rice paddies and the Batur volcano with its lake
Rice paddies and the Batur volcano with its lake
Rice paddies and the Batur volcano with its lake
Rice paddies and the Batur volcano with its lake
Rice paddies and the Batur volcano with its lake

Rice paddies and the Batur volcano with its lake

About durian: buying it, transporting it in the car for hours (the smell is worst than a dead Luwak - we also did that one...) and eating it
About durian: buying it, transporting it in the car for hours (the smell is worst than a dead Luwak - we also did that one...) and eating it
About durian: buying it, transporting it in the car for hours (the smell is worst than a dead Luwak - we also did that one...) and eating it
About durian: buying it, transporting it in the car for hours (the smell is worst than a dead Luwak - we also did that one...) and eating it

About durian: buying it, transporting it in the car for hours (the smell is worst than a dead Luwak - we also did that one...) and eating it

Cockfighting and gambling prior to the full moon ceremony...
Cockfighting and gambling prior to the full moon ceremony...
Cockfighting and gambling prior to the full moon ceremony...
Cockfighting and gambling prior to the full moon ceremony...
Cockfighting and gambling prior to the full moon ceremony...
Cockfighting and gambling prior to the full moon ceremony...

Cockfighting and gambling prior to the full moon ceremony...

The full moon ceremony in Kintamani
The full moon ceremony in Kintamani
The full moon ceremony in Kintamani
The full moon ceremony in Kintamani
The full moon ceremony in Kintamani
The full moon ceremony in Kintamani
The full moon ceremony in Kintamani
The full moon ceremony in Kintamani
The full moon ceremony in Kintamani

The full moon ceremony in Kintamani

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