Saturday, January 5, 2013

To Bali, With Love

Dear Bali,

It's been weeks since we've parted. Your smells and textures and sights come to me in dreams as though it were just yesterday. Nasi goreng. Black sand between my toes. Aqua-marine cylinders at Keramas. The monkey temple. Motorbikes. Rice fields. A Bintang haze. Sunsets at Uluwatu. The smoke rising from the morning blessings. The warmth and friendliness of the people. 

Indonesia is such a stunning part of the world. The major cities are a cluster of motorbikes and semi-controlled chaos, but the further you find yourself removed from said chaos, the simpler the surroundings, the more of the culture you discover. Roadways condense to bike lanes, and the rice paddies come into view, thatch houses next to exquisite architectural buildings, and more smiling faces. A simple place with so much to offer.

I hope we cross paths again soon. -CM

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