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Balinese Spirits return each year

Galungan marks the beginning of the most important recurring religious ceremonies. The spirits of deceased relatives who have died and been cremated return to visit their former homes, and the current inhabitants have a responsibility to be hospitable through prayers and offerings. The most obvious sign of the celebrations are the penjor – bamboo poles with offerings […]

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Dignity, Nobility, Integrity, Respect

I was reading an article about Brunello Cucinelli, the “king of cashmere,” written in 2015 when I came across an interesting statement: Brunello: Each of us specializes in something. Italy has strong industries. It’s ranked second only after Germany in Europe. There’s furniture, food and apparel. The United States will go down in history because of […]

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Small pleasures, modest moments

The following may not seem like travel tips but, hey… give it a chance. One of the most accessible and intriguing writers / philosophers today is Alain de Botton. His main interest is the philosophy of everyday life, or the relevance of a philosophical perspective on everyday experiences. He also co-founded The School of Life. […]

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Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park (GWK)

Less than 1.5 hours from Ohana Retreat Bali, the park is massive, and is ideal for those that enjoy walking. You can pay for a ride on a golf cart, bicycle or electric scooter as well. The statue is almost 100 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty in New York, the size of a […]

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Sauntering along, encountering the elderly

I do my best to take a walk each and every morning. Fortunately a lovely trail begins directly across the road from here. It starts among the rice fields, crosses a large stream (over a bridge), and then curves along more rice fields until it meets a paved road. The entire walk is under 30 […]