Originally from New Zealand, Alison Viatos has been residing in Australia and living the good life of an enthusiastic traveller for many years. As a florist and horticulturist by trade, she possesses a keen eye on the floras and staged presentations of many tourist destinations on the one hand. On the other, she is able to observe local vegetations and customs even as she ventures away from the beaten paths into remote trails and villages, especially when she can be assisted by a guide, driver and/or language interpreter.
Being the seasoned vacationer, Alison seems to be fond of visiting once a year one major destination whose name begins with the alphabet B: Brisbane in 2014, Bali in 2015, and Bendigo in 2016. Whilst visiting Brisbane, she had a chance to celebrate Australia Day at the Government House with the Governor, the ex-Patron of the Queensland Orchid Society. One wonders what Alison’s future tours and targets will be in 2017 and beyond, as she continues to be unstoppable on her many shared journeys. Is her next stop going to be Bangkok, Brunei, Bhutan or somewhere else in Southeast Asia or even Australasia?
Having edited and formatted Alison’s essay as well as inserted various photos into their respective places to create a cohesive multimedia post, SoundEagle would hereby like to present to you Alison’s account of her trip to Bali. Hopefully, she will provide additional notes or commentaries on some or all of the photos, each of which can be enlarged and commented upon by anyone reading this post.
Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world, covering an area almost the size of Australia but only 20% is land, the rest is water. My holiday destination was Bali, one of over 17,500 islands that make up Indonesia! Admittedly only about 6,000 island are inhabited. My airline flights were rescheduled three times due to volcanic ash clouds in the atmosphere. These inconveniences are to be expected, when you understand that Indonesia is home to approximately 400 volcanos, about 130 of which are active. Would you agree?
Travelling before Christmas of 2015 in Sydney is a perfect time to avoid heavily congested roads and stressed shoppers. However, traveling closer to the equator has certain disadvantages, for example: 100% humidity!!!
My flight was enjoyable and a good opportunity to watch two movies very cheaply to pass the time. There are now facilities to recharge the all-important mobile phone while you sit quietly. My time in Bali was short – only one week. So I was very grateful to have been recommended not only a fantastic, affordable accommodation but also a lovely personal driver by the name of Jack, by my friends who had only recently returned from Bali.
Bali is a special mix of Balinese Hinduism (or Agama Hindu Dharma) a mix of Buddhism, Hinduism and animism, which is the belief that souls and spirits can be found in all things. Indonesia calls their national airline Garuda, which translates as:
- A supernatural eagle-like being that serves as Vishnu’s mount.
- The eagle in the coat of arms of Indonesia.
Did you know that the largest flower in the world is Rafflesia arnoldii and is only found in certain parts of Sumatra? Indonesia is also home to the world’s largest lizard – the komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis). And no, I didn’t see one this trip – maybe next time and I’d better have my Nike shoes on as they can travel up to 20km per hour!!
I loved the tree fern stands with pots for orchids, and watched the nurseryman planting one up ready to go out as an order.
Anyone who knows me will know that I love bromeliads. I couldn’t resist crossing the traffic and photographing this dragon installation made with potted bromeliads. It was an impressive size and made a big impact, especially to me!!
Unfortunately, my week wasn’t to be extended due to the courtesy of Mt Bromo, and I had an overnight flight home until I visit again.
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