Bali: Crafts

Bali Arts & Crafts, Wood Carving, Batik, Canvas

Artistic Bali is a melting pot of cultures and traditions. The Balinese have an inborn talent of absorbing different cultural elements, blending them with their own, to produce dynamic new artistic hybrids. Across the years, Bali has soaked up Chinese, Buddhist, Indian, Hindu, Javanese and Western influences.

The Balinese were, traditionally, animists. Even when Hinduism arrived in Bali, its practices were adapted to go hand in hand with local traditions, thus making Hinduism in Bali very much different from its original form in India. Even the Hindu Mahabarata and Ramayana epics take on Balinese nuances and beliefs when played out in the wayang.

Other aspects of Balinese life follow suit. Take for instance, its performing arts. Bali’s dance, music and Wayang theatres still retain rich religious connotations, after having been enriched by contemporary artistry, and are still performed to appease and please the gods. This is illustrated in the trance dance of the Barong, or the intense Kecak dance; which retains very Balinese elements but includes a rhythm set by Western influences.

Read the complete article and see pictures of Balinese crafts in Bali Shopping Guide -What To Buy In Bali 

 

Bali – Geography

Mount Agung

From http://www.worldatlas.com:

Statistics

  • Land Area:
    (land) 2,174 sq miles (5,632 sq km)
    (water) 0 sq miles (0 sq km)
    (TOTAL) 2,174 sq miles (5,632 sq km)To convert sq km (kilometers) to sq mi (miles)
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  • Latitude & Longitude:
  • Denpasar (capital city)
    (08° 39′ S, 115° 13′ E)
  • Horizontal Width: 54.08 miles (87.03 km) from Gilimanuk east to Catur
  • Vertical Length: 62.15 miles (100.02 km) from Yeh Sanih south to SanurNote: Lengths and widths are point-to-point, straight-line measurements from a Mercator map projection, and will vary some using other map projections
  • Geographic Center: About 16.28 miles (26.2 km) southwest of Catur
  • Highest Point:Mount Agung 10,328 ft. (3,148 m)
  • Lowest Point:Bali Sea 0 m

Geography

Bali lies 3.2 km (2 mi) east of Java, and is approximately 8 degrees south of the equator. The Bali Strait separates Bali and Java.

The island’s central mountains include several peaks over 3,000 meters in elevation. The highest is Mount Agung, standing at 10,328 ft. (3,148 m) An active volcano known as the “Mother Mountain,” it last erupted in 1963, and lava flows devastated numerous villages, killing 1,500 people.

Bali’s volcanic nature has contributed to its exceptional fertility and its tall mountain ranges provide the high rainfall that supports the highly productive agriculture sector. South of the mountains is a broad, steadily descending area where most of Bali’s large rice crop is grown.

The northern side of the mountains slopes more steeply to the sea and is the main coffee producing area of the island, along with rice, vegetables and cattle.

Dozens of (very small) rivers drain the island. The longest river, the Ayung, flows approximately 75 km.

The island is surrounded by coral reefs. Beaches in the south tend to have white sand while those in the north and west have black sand.

GENERAL INTEREST:

  • Calling Code: 62, then 361
  • Electricity: 127/230V, 50Hz

Weather

Bali experiences pleasant (low humidity) conditions with average daily temperatures between 70 and 93 degrees (21 – 33°C) year-round. The island’s rainy season is December through March, with most of the showers occurring in the evening.

(All maps, graphics, flags, photos and original descriptions @ 2016 worldatlas.com)

 

Where is Bali?

Bali is an Indonesian island located in the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, lying between Java to the west and Lombok to the east.

Bali is Indonesia’s favorite tourist destination, known for its natural attractions, perfect climate and relaxed atmosphere. This island of flowers, temples and friendly people is considered a real gem by travelers worldwide.

In addition to spas and archaeological attractions, surfing and scuba diving in Bali remain a principle interest for water sport enthusiasts around the world.

From the tranquil reefs of Padang Bai in the northwest, to the breathtaking drift diving off Nusa Penida in the south, Bali is teeming with reputable dive centers.

Fast Facts

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  • Ethnicity: Balinese (89%), Javanese (7%), Baliaga (1%), Madurese (1%)
  • Language: Indonesian (official), Balinese
  • Largest Cities: (by population) Denpasar, Singaraja, Tabanan, Negara, Kuta, Ubud, Klungkung
  • National Day: August 17
  • Religion: Hindu (92.29%), Muslim (5.69%), Christian (1.38%), Buddhist (0.64%)

Flags

Bali flag 

The flag of Bali contains the province coat of arms, centered on a light saffron background.

From the WORLD ATLAS

7 Awesome Things to do in Bali, Indonesia

Best well-known destination of the country, the Island of the Gods or Island of a Thousand Temples, Bali experience is a combination of salty air, religious beliefs, fascinating structures and culture and big wide smiles. Lots do to and lots to see, it’s an all in one island experience, a balanced life of tranquility and hype. And to give you a picture of how incredible life in Bali is, together, let us discover some of the awesome things to do in Bali, Indonesia!

Go read the complete article click here

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Monteriggioni

Monteriggioni is, without doubt, one of the most classical and best known Italian walled town. Since the Middle Age its fame was so big that also the great poet Dante Alighieri makes sign to his ‘round enclosure‘ in the Divine Comedy (Hell, chant XXXI vv. 40-41). The town walls, nearly intact, cover a length of 570 meters and are alternated by 14 towers andtwo gates. The Senese Gate is at the base of a square tower while the Florence Gate is opened in the curtain and defended from one of the towers of the fortified perimeter.

The town was built by the Senesis in the years 1213-1219 on a hilltop overlooking of the Cassia Road. Its ideal position allowed to control the Elsa and the Staggia Valleys in direction in Florence, the historic enemy of Siena, that at that time was rapidly expanding its territory.

The front toward Florence.

The hill where Monteriggioni rises is natural, even if it could seem a great ‘motte‘ (from the name of the classical Norman castles ‘Motte-and-Bailey’ built on artificial hills and gifted of enclosure), and the circular, almost perfectly, layout of the walls was obtained simply following the sketch of the ground’s curves of level. In the planning was tried of to limit the weak points for excellence, the gates, entrusting the only connections with the outside only to a  east to west crossing road. To Monteriggioni the military building work appears physically distinguished by the inhabited area confined to its inside but well separated from the walls from a ‘territory of respect‘, although in the ancient times the inhabited area has been more intense than today and consequently with a more narrow band of separation. The hamlet that we can admire in our days is essentially authentic, being ever been object of building and tourist speculations. The only changes to its aspect happened in the first years of the 16th century when, trying to conform the fortifications to the development of the new fire weapons, were lowered the towers and accumulated earth at the base of the walls with the purpose to get a bastion effect.

Recently a part of the wall walk of the town walls has been restored and made accessible. From the top of the walled circuit, it is possible to admire the surrounding countryside towards Chianti and the Valdelsa and to enjoy a unique view of the town and its fortifications. More info: http://www.monteriggioniturismo.it/en/museum-and-walkway.html



Random Reasons Why We Love Nosara, Costa Rica

There is a reason why we choose to host our 200-hour teacher training in Nosara, Costa Rica year in and year out. And if one reason isn’t enough, we came up with 15!

  1. Monkeys are your alarm clock (sometimes they want you up and about at 4am!)
  2. Nosara is a Blue Zone meaning it is one of the healthiest places to live in the world
  3. Pristine beaches + super good swell for surfing
  4. Abundance of local fresh produce + the best avocados and pineapple I have ever devoured. Not to mention the coffee, ohhhhh the coffee!!
  5. Pollution almost doesn’t exist

Read the rest of this fantastic list in Alchemy of Yoga

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Among Costa Rican volcanoes, Irazú is king of the hill

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The main crater at Irazú Volcano on a clear day.  Andrés Madrigal/The Tico Times

IRAZÚ VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK, Cartago — Here at the top of Costa Rica’s tallest volcano, the main crater looks like it was struck by a gigantic meteorite that vaporized on impact, leaving behind a semi-spherical blast zone.

It’s an awe-inspiring sight, as long as you’re not expecting to see the gorgeous emerald crater lake that appears in most photos — it dried up three years ago.

Read the whole story in The Tico Times, written by KARL KAHLER | MAY 18, 2016

Florence and Machiavelli: sympathy for the devil

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Machiavelli’s study, where he read, and prepared his famous manuscript

Article in The Daily  Telegraph, published in London

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These Summer Vacation Destinations Will Save You Money

Check out the top 10 destinations with low airfares below, plus the percentage decrease from last year:

1. Chicago, Illinois: down 41%
2. Florida: down 25-35% depending on destination
3. New York, New York: down 31%
4. Atlanta, Georgia: down 28%
5. Los Angeles, California: down 27%
6. London, England: down 29-33% depending on airport
7. Sydney, Australia: down 33%
8. San Jose, Costa Rica: down 31%
9. Bangkok, Thailand: down 26%
10. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: down 31%

See the original article in Real Simple

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