HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!
Bali is great but too damn expensive and touristy. There's a lot of things that I hate about it, but it's so damn pretty at times that you really want to stay for years. On the other hand, the locals are cash fiends and most people want nothing from you except for money, and that obviously leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Bali is best if you're an indulgent, naive person willing to spend at least a hundred dollars US a day. Backpackers it seems, deserted this bitch a long time ago and won't be coming back anytime soon.Out of all the places we've been to in Southeast Asia, Bali is the least friendly to it's tourists, (especially those who aren't desperately and stupidly throwing away money) and that's not a great feeling when you're on vacation and genuinely interested in the culture you've come to explore. Bali is best it seems, for rich old ladies who think "Eat Pray Love" is the greatest story ever told, or people who've never been to asia before and never want to come back after. Sometimes it feels about as hokey and removed from any reality as the World Showcase in Epcot center. At present, I sit somewhere between moderately happy and terribly underwhelmed. And nearly broke."
|Flower tiles and a preparing gamelan orchestra|
|Chao in our 60s bungalow-type homestay lobby|
|Prambanan's Shiva temple|
|Gamelan on display|
|A certain photographer at Prambanan|
|The Sultan's daughters|
|Restored pleasure palace of the 18th century Sultan|
|Deco train station|