Vacationing in Beautiful Bali
Bali, an island located in the country of Indonesia, is a hot vacation spot. With spectacular views of lush mountains and rolling oceans, a fascinating spiritual culture and abundant local food, Bali is a wonderful place for exploration and with beautiful Bali villas where you can enjoy your staying.
Being situated just south of the equator gives Bali an ideal, sunny climate year round. Temperatures average 80 to 90 degrees no matter what the month, and though six months out of the year it is the monsoon season – which actually refers to the wind changes rather than the rain – the days are mostly clear and full of sunshine. Daylight lasts twelve hours. Locals can be seen frolicking and working on the beach at 6:30am, when most of us are only thinking of coffee.
The Balinese have a rich spiritual heritage. They believe that kind spirits dwell in the mountains, and that the sea is home to evil spirits that must be soothed and appeased. They have also adopted the Hindu caste system, wherein the people are separated into classes by both status and dialect. At the top of the caste are the holy men and priests, and at the bottom are the peasants, which make up more than 90% of Bali’s population. In addition, a generic language is taught in school so that everyone may communicate.
Bali also offers wonderful entertainment options. Whether you’re in the mood for elegant cuisine, rustic local food or a relaxing beer bar, Bali has it. It also has traditional native dances that locals love to perform for visitors, as well as spas in which to pamper them. A local woman, Cok Sri, even offers cooking classes to visitors that begin at 7:00am at the market and end with everyone sitting down to sample their efforts. Her classes have been remarked upon with great joy by anyone who has attended them.
The currency in Bali is the rupiah. Notes range in denomination from 1,000 to 100,000; amounts which seem excessive until one realizes that one US dollar is the equivalent the currency in Bali is the rupiah. Notes range in denomination from 1,000 to 100,000; amounts which seem excessive until one realizes that one US dollar is the equivalent of nearly 10,000 rupiah. Vacationers are shocked to purchase a tee-shirt for 50,000 rupiah – but five dollars really isn’t that bad.
Bear in mind, though, that predators exist everywhere. Be wary when changing your money in Bali. Look for money changers that are in brightly lit public places and that proclaim their authorization. Take a currency cheat sheet with you and count their rupiah before you hand over your own money. Never return the rupiah to their hands once they have your money; this is a common trick by which the money changers slip away a few of your rupiah without your knowledge.