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Happy Easter from Bali

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I am not a very religious person but I do enjoy many of the holiday traditions from my childhood. My favorites always revolved around a great meal. Even though the holidays are completely different here I do miss Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas ham and Easter roasts. Because most of my meals are “local” — meaning, wherever I am at the time — it is often hard (but not impossible to) replicate western holiday traditions while traveling in the east. Sometimes you have to improvise.

Wedding Musicians at Bali Royal Wedding

Wedding Musicians at Bali Royal Wedding

I am currently on the Indonesian island of Bali in the sleepy little artist community of Ubud. You may know it as the “Love” town from the book “Eat, Pray, Love”. It is certainly a beautiful, serene and very spiritual place but not exactly thick with Sunday Roasts. But, because I believe everyday should be an adventure I decided to go into town to find what I could find.

Royal Procession at the Balinese Wedding

Royal Procession at the Balinese Wedding

One that has been impossible to miss in Ubud for the last few days has been the party atmosphere surrounding a double royal wedding. Musicians at the end of my road have been playing traditional Balinese music for the last few days and the royal palace is awash in flowers and signs displaying good wishes. It is quite beautiful and honestly, indecipherable to me but I have been enjoying the pomp and circumstance.

Babi Guling Sign

Babi Guling Sign

After I passed the gauntlet of celebrants and gawkers at the wedding I went in search of roast. I hadn’t wandered very far before I found “Ibu Oka”, the babi guling or Balinese roast sucking pig restaurant. As it turns out the place is quite a tradition in Ubud so I thought I would give it a try. I have to admit that the meal was delicious but not quite as good as mom’s.

Blissful Massage in Ubud

Blissful Massage in Ubud

After getting exhaustingly stuffed it seemed prudent to get even more relaxed with an hour long traditional Balinese massage. It was exactly the thing I needed before the arduous five minute motorcycle ride back to my little villa in the rice fields for a nap followed by perhaps a sunset cocktail.

Villa in Ubud, Bali

Villa in Ubud, Bali

Okay, maybe I did have to make a few compromises. I am missing my family and some of our traditions. Maybe next Easter we can all meet up somewhere in the world and make some new ones. If we do — mom, you are going to have to cook. In the meantime: Selamat hari Paskah from Indonesia!

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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