Bali – and people

There is one more Bali post in the wings, but life has interfered with my blog time!  Thanks to encouragement from Linda Shoreacres, I am posting pictures today.  Thanks Linda.  You made my day!!

This trip to Bali was about a lot of things for me.  Spending time alone, reading, meeting people, taking photos, writing.  This group of photos is about all of those things, depicting people in general.


Yanni at the beach.  He turned 11 in August.

bamboo village man

A picture perfect gentleman in the bamboo village.

aboslute gas sales

I don’t know who drank all the Absolute before the bottles turned into gasoline containers.

beautiful 1

beautiful 2

beautiful 3

The children were so beautiful and friendly.


Half of the drama in the dance was in the eyes.

going to market

Favorite style of transport – on the way to the temple with offerings.

mud dance

Slapstick mud dance at Green School, with slapstick gamelan.

suhadi's bike

Yanni and Suhadi on their “work” bike.

take our picture

The girls practiced their dancing every day in the village pavilion.

the edge of bali

I read every fiction book I could find on Bali.  There were some good ones, and some not so good ones!

waiting their turn

Dancers waiting their turn.

yanni 2

Yanni loves water.

10 thoughts on “Bali – and people

  1. qugrainne ~

    They’re just wonderful! One of my deep griefs about my time in Liberia is that I took so few photos, and most of those I still have are so badly faded. Of course, that was pre-digital age, but I suspect part of the problem was the processing, as well. Most of them were developed in Liberia, and there’s just no telling how skilled or careful the developers were.

    In any event – what a treat! The children are beautiful, and I love their photos. My favorites are of the “work bike” and the petrol seller, though. They speak volumes about the way life is lived there.

    A happy-restful-productive weekend to you!

    Thank you Linda, for the inspiration to do less, and enjoy myself in the process. It was fun going through all the photos again and picking out a few. It is so sad about your Liberia pictures – I feel the same about my collection from the past. It is so easy now, with digital, to snap away and not worry about expense or darkrooms or any of that fuss.

    Suhadi’s bike is a trip, isn’t it!? I’m not quite sure why he had such a collection of gee-gaws hanging off of it, but I do know those long basket looking things are prawn catchers! Decorative detail…


  2. As Linda mentions above, I think it is wonderful that you’ve taken so many photos. It can be very easy to forget, at least in my own experience, and then look back and wish I had more than just the mental images of adventures I have had. Thank you so much for taking the time out of your vacation to share such lovely images and words. It has been a real pleasure reading about and seeing images of a place I knew next to nothing about. Your posts are a window into a world that is entirely foreign to me merely because of my own ignorance of it and through you I feel like I know so much more

    Love the image of you reading, by the way.

    Thanks, Carl! I did a lot of reading while I was there. Spending a month, traveling alone, rare moments of internet = lots of time to lounge and read between sight-seeing. I’m glad you enjoyed this little window on another world – I certainly enjoyed presenting it.


  3. Oh, my — the stories these photos tell. (I have to say that first one of Yanni should be printed somewhere in something. It’s amazing.) These are so evocative of a place and its people. Bravo. And thank you so much for taking us to this beautiful land and these wonderful people.

    My pleasure, Jeanie!


  4. such faces. such softness and sparkle.
    are there ever enough pictures? um, no.
    today those girls practiced their dancing in the pavilion, there on the other side of the world. I practiced speaking politely to our global office in the Pacific.
    Funny what people do in a day, and get good at.
    Hope you have some more pictures up your sleeve!
    Oh, dear! You had to practice speaking politely!? I hope it didn’t cost your blood pressure very much…
    It is peculiar thinking about those girls dancing and I am not going by at 5 pm and watching them… I am here at work in my every day ordinary life, no longer a part of their’s.
    I do have more pictures – I am a picture taking fool. Click click click without even thinking about it.


  5. What fabulous photos and what an amazing trip! Forgive me being nosy (!) but how did this trip come about and were you traveling alone? It must have been difficult to re-enter your life here in the States… thank you so much for sharing! Deb

    Sent you an email, Deb. It was, indeed, an amazing trip. Traveling by myself was a good experience. I think I noticed things I might not have noticed otherwise. I watched a wonderful parade of young people in Narita airport in Japan. I had a three hour layover there, and just sat and people watched. Such unique style and grace and confidence. Anime live!


  6. Qugrainne, these photos are luscious. The beautiful children, the “work” bike…You truly have given us a window, as Carl said, into another culture. I had my camera out on a walk just yesterday & began to think of it as a visual notebook, capturing what I did not have words for. Thank you for sharing this bit of your visual notebook, as well as the written parts. I would travel with you anywhere (and I apologize for taking so long to get over here and say so).

    It was a lot of fun, writing these posts in the evening after a day’s adventure. I like your concept of a visual notebook – I really enjoy creating the combination of the writing and the photos.
    Next year Italy?


  7. I came over from Jeanie’s blog and I’m very happy I did. Your photos are breathtaking. I just spent an enjoyable morning scrolling through them.

    Thanks for visiting and commenting, Joanne! I’m glad you enjoyed the trip!!


  8. You OK, Ms. Q? Overburdened and overblogged? Just checking in!

    Hi Jeanie – thanks for checking up on me… I’m still kicking! Sent you an email today.


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