I spent a few weeks in Bali this past summer.
In all honesty, I left Bali thinking I would never care to return. I found Bali to be overcrowded and crawling with tourists. As lovely as the place was and as much fun as I had there, I know I could have done Bali differently. I would have moved around and spent time in fields. Big, green rice fields at that.
All that said, I’m glad I went. I’m happy I got to see and experience this side of Bali. Once I moved past Kuta and Legian, I found a whole new Bali. . .
And a Bali I could see more clearly and understand better.
The thing I loved and appreciated most about Bali [Java too] was the light. The light moves in such mysterious ways. I think LIGHT is the main reason most everyone in Bali is an artist. It’s hard not to be when you are surrounded by beautiful LIGHT day after day. . .
“I like not only to be loved, but also to be told that I am loved. I am not sure that you are of the same mind. But the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave. This is the world of light and speech, and I shall take leave to tell you that you are very dear.” – George Eliot
[Photos: Kuta, Bali. 2012//Grace Farson]