Ah! just found this post from past travels is unpublished, is in the draft folder for months! When our daughter graduated from high school in the summer of 2012, we went to Candidasa, Bali. It was a peaceful area of Bali with mountainous landscapes on one side, coconut groves and the ocean on the other side. At the time of our visit to Candidasa, it was secluded, and we enjoyed the privacy and the natural beauty of the area. Our hotel was facing the ocean, and we never missed a sunrise during our stay.
It’s noteworthy to mention the warm smiles of Balinese people, their humbleness and simplicity, the trouble children go through for their education. The kids walk alone for miles to learn and it’s a promising sight. They wore school uniforms, walk in groups, smiles on their faces and doesn’t seem to mind the distance they walk back and forth every day. Candidasa is the kind of place that makes you think, reflect about your life and the world around us. The poverty in the world, the hardships of others, the fragile environment and what you can do to help and make it a better world.
We visited a small village called Tenganan, while we were holidaying in Candidasa, Bali, Tenagana village is in a naturally enclosed environment. The settlers in this community built their homes in the midst of the forest and had left the trees and the shrubs around it as a natural protective wall. Tenganan had identical looking long houses, a school and various other ‘buildings’ for their inhabitant’s use. The villagers had their supply of water from a well; built in the middle of the compound. It was the only source of water in the vicinity. The three hundred or so people who live there relies on the well-water for their needs. Balinese people in that village were small built, but they are strong as they do physically challenging work in their daily life, as chores, as a mean to earn their living, regardless of their gender, and age. The designs of their homes were uniquely Balinese, with wooden structures and stone and wood carvings. A lot of handmade tools, vessels and ‘machines’ are used for their survival. We were humbled and impressed by their creativity, hard work and hospitality.