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Is Bali on Your Bucket List?

Bali On Your Bucket List_ Travel Presentation

By Irineo Muñoz

Alexsandra Trevor—aka Smartalexcoach on various social media platforms—fell in love with Bali on her first visit in 1989 and lived there from 2011–2018 before relocating to San Miguel de Allende. While living in Bali, Trevor invited small groups in order to introduce them to the wonders of Bali. Now she is inviting you to join her as she serves as your personal travel coach and guide for one of the most beautiful experiences of the year.

Life in Bali follows the rhythms of Balinese ceremonies. If it is possible to visit during a ceremony, you’ll find it a perfect time to be immersed in the nation’s rich culture, which has been maintained for hundreds of years. Balinese Hindu is practiced there, using a 210-day calendar for all religious ceremonies. High priests determine which days are the most auspicious for each ceremony every year.

In 2020, Galungan/Kuningan, one of the most important ceremonies of the year, begins on Wednesday, February 19, and ends on Saturday, February 29. This is a celebration of Dharma (the good) over Adharma (the bad). It marks the time when the spirits of the ancestors visit the earth. The last day is Kuningan, when the spirits leave again. There are over 20,000 temples in Bali, including a private family temple in each compound. Colorful offerings of food are carried on women’s heads in processions to the temples. Upon arrival, they are blessed and offered up to the gods and then brought home to be enjoyed. Penjors, towering curved bamboo poles that are decorated and stand in front of each home and business, line every street.

Your holiday with Trevor will give you an opportunity to enjoy all the festivities of this special time, including a blessing in a Balinese temple with locals, a slow bicycle ride through small villages with little or no traffic, talented costumed dancers performing a nighttime show in front of a temple, a visit to a typical family compound to learn why they all are designed alike, and a visit to the sacred monkey forest, home to 600 long-tail monkeys roaming free. You’ll walk through rice fields and more. Optional time is included to shop, take a cooking class, learn to paint batik, or just relax. Spontaneous opportunities will arise to view and experience traditions that we will just happen upon during our wanderings, so we’ll be flexible with our itinerary as much as possible.

Interested in experiencing this unique destination? Meet Trevor at the Biblioteca for a presentation on November 12 at 2pm. Details of this Bali trip are available on her website, www.smartalextravels.com

 

Travel Presentation

“Bali On Your Bucket List?”

Tue, Nov 12, 2pm

Sala Quetzal

La Biblioteca, Reloj 50A

Free

 

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