Monday, 28 September 2015


With time running out Justin got his wish, and we went into Seminyak to visit the Deus store. After shopping we wandered the back roads...alleys, to the beach. Which was great as we got to see the locals setting up for the Galungan festival.

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 suspended at the end. These are installed by the side of roads.

Seminyak is more upmarket, with mostly luxury accommodation and high-end restaurants and bars. The atmosphere is much more sophisticated and laid-back and the beach in particular is quieter during the day. Justin and I joked it felt like the 'Noosa' of Bali.

It was hard to connect this with the Seminyak I stayed last time I visited Bali. Then Seminyak was a distinctly separate village, and something of a backwater.

The beach was so much quieter and cleaner, Jarvis did not want to leave. 

But food and time beckoned. After huge servings of icecream, sleep was the thing we all needed. Nothing like an overload of sugar on a hot day to make you tired.

Woke up, and an early dinner was needed, we found a great cafe in the back roads of Legion. Sat there eating, thinking how sad it was that we only had one more day in Bali

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