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Hot and Wet: bad if you’re in a jungle, great if you’re in a woman He felt that sucking sound Looks just like Russia too! Cheap office space Sean, Meeting! Taxis waiting for business —- Wayan’s Note —- I’m sure you remember my cousin, Sean, from his note on my…

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Burning Bodies in Bali

There are no cemeteries in Bali, everyone is cremated The Balinese are a Hindu people, though they do not practice Indian Hinduism. Maybe a thousand years ago they did, but the mixture of animism and Hinduism evolving in the isolation that a Hindu island feels in a Muslim country, puts…

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Balinese Art: Breathtaking.

The undescribable beauty of balinese art is breathtaking. Balinese have no word for art or artist, the beauty that they produce is considered part of everyday life, nothing special. Of course, I though it was quite special, actually amazing in most cases. Even the money is art! Every morning there…

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Bali Twenty-Five Years Later

Twenty-five years ago I was born on Bali Me! See I was cute from birth. In Bali the men do all the work. Here Suweko is chopping chicken for dinner in 1973. This is the house I first lived in. Now Rassman has it leased to an Aulstrailan couple for…

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Rice, Rice, Everywhere!

Balinese grow rice better than anyone else on the planet! Rice is the staple crop of Bali. A thousand years ago the knowledge of how to farm rice in standing water came to Indonesia and Bali has gown it that way ever since. The rice paddies are everywhere, producing a…

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Way too many Wayans

Usually one in a million, on Bali I was one of the millions! My name, which gives me a bit of trouble in the States and in Russia, surprised me by being even more problematic in Bali. In America and Russia, no one has ever heard of Wayan, so they…

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