There is one thing in Bali that fascinates me every morning I step out into my small flower surrounded terrace and take a look at the ocean - that is tranquility of the place. And its combination with full moon is beyond mystery! Last night was a perfect moon shine in its heavenly fullness, hiding behind shattered clouds, accompanied by few hardly visible stars, with moon shine shimmering light on the ocean surface and vivid underwater coral world beneath it… all that in complete silence. I was there just by myself on my rocky beach facing the power and energy of that blissful moment. Felt majestic! I Was a part of that eternal tranquility. The first night in Bali to see stars for me:) That is something in monsoon time, as if the skies themselves paid tribute to the full moon and scattered the clouds for its solo performance… and then suddenly the rain storm came again, as if sneaked and stole the stage from the moon…
I could not stop myself - opened the entire terrace, unlocked the doors and slept like that with a feeling that am a part of the rain! That was wow:) From tonight am not closing my door at night - thought to myself before I fell asleep - none will steel me, am too heavy:)))
Sometimes it seams to me that Bali in monsoon is like a lady who can not make her mind what she wants - rain, sunshine, storm, heat, wind, clouds, stars… you get all that the the range of 24 hours:) The morning promised a rainy day but that was so misleading… and the prove to that is my purple-brownish suntanned face after my meant-to-be-chilly walk into a local village in the mountains:)
No bike ride as yet. The owner refused me to rent a bike due to the slippery roads after the night storm and told me to walk better:) Not a good day for learning how to ride a bike in the mountains - he said. So, I walked… something like 18 km.!!!
And that was the first highlight of the day! The road was just gorgeous - the slopes of steep mountains all around me, rice paddy fields (finally found them!), banana, jack fruit, papaya, guava, kiwi and cheeku trees with fruits just on the road side, local farm houses, my first to see pigs and goat in Bali, lots of chicken and peacocks… Smiling local people, a real local village with its simple traditional houses and temples and ordinary quiet mountain life. The place is not listed in the must-see touristic route but that was finally the original Bali as it still is for local people behind the luxury touristic villas and resorts (by the way, as I found out, most owned by foreigners too)… Life seamed scars up there with farm fields high on the slopes of those steep mountains. That must be the reason why local people look skinny and strong, eager to face any physical challenge and lift any burden, yet with eyes full of wisdom and inner peace…
Was sitting there for it seamed endless moment just by myself on a side of the road, facing one of the many valleys and observing the panorama … and all I could think of were few lines from my favourite MA-URI prayer:
when we can see a world in a grain of sand
and Heaven in a wild flower,
hold infinity in the palm of our hand
and eternity in an hour - then we have not lived this day in vain…
It was there! That knowing and feeling! All of that was there and in me! An eternal world in those mountains, a moment of infinity in me being there and definitely a Heaven in this world! Felt surrealistic and yet so real. Just peace around and inside me, no desires, no claims and prayers or wants, just being where you are and knowing that all that is eternal and shall never end… A moment to cherish forever… !
P.S. (added 4 hours later)… The second most unpredicted highlight of the day… It is 7 minutes to midnight. Full moon, orchestra of frogs in my garden, second might in a row unforgettable sky with white clouds and stars in the moonlight… just got back home. Amed can party too:))) went for a local music band 3 km from my hotel. Ended in the most crazy company of a Russian girl and an American man. All strangers, all down for the same reason in the only bar with live music, basically the only clients too. Great music by the way! Balinese sing world singles so well. The hello grew into the best-craziest-most spontaneous dance party ever!!! … which ended in the most surrealistic night-swim in the ocean! Hahaha:) Floating in there under the full moon and on top of the corals, being bit by microscopic jelly fish, connected with entire universe, doing what you are not permitted to do at nights here, riding home along empty coast road (Balinese believe in spirits and that the bad ones rule the world at night, so you will never see a Balinese outside at night) and on top of all that being completely sober… that I call LIFE and LIFE! Just love it! The craziest most unforeseen ending of another day in the paradise:) Goodnight! …
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