Beautiful Bali: Day 7

This is the District of Seririt and it used to be the capital of Bali – this only changed 36 years ago and was a hub for the economy! The capital moved to make it more central and convenient for everyone.

  
We stopped at the local market!

  
The floor around the food area was pretty… Full of rubbish. Like, you know at home, apples come in those little pink net pockets, individual ones. Well the floor here was strewn with them. Everywhere. And I couldn’t help but wonder if it’s really necessary to have so much packaging for one item?

Plastic is a problem here in Bali, and this kind of wasteful packaging is surely not helpful.

I question at times if Bali is ready for plastic. For instance, when I see an abundance of plastic bottles floating in streams, rivers and the sea, and I witness firsthand, women emptying baskets of rubbish into the stream, and I recently read a statistic that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. I mean, that’s crazy!

But how do you solve this kind of problem? Is it education or is there fundamentally a lack of readiness to recycle on the part of the country? Let’s say, hypothetically, plastic bottles are separated and collected. What happens to them next? I’m just putting this out there because I really don’t know what happens next here.

One of two important waterfalls in the area, believed to have been inhabited by a giant called Munduk which is also the name of the village / area.

   
 
   
 
At the temple!

In Bali in 1863 there were 2 kingdoms, with two kings! One was in the West but decided to venture out so essentially, there was a huge war. One came to the temple for meditation and then went back to the west, the place of his kingdom and made war again, but this time he won. So he moved his community because they didn’t want to stay in the west and the temple is dedicated to them, because, for the longest time it was only for the King and his family who were allowed to pray here.

Three temples: Hindu, Buddhist and a Muslim mosque on the outside. This is because only Muslims are allowed to enter the mosque, but other sects can enter the other temples.

Banyan tree

  
Because this place is quite far from the sea, the lakes are very important for irrigation and for the spreading of ashes after a cremation.

This is the table for offerings

  
This is the Hindu temple

  
The two statues are said to represent the two princesses that were said to live here.

  
   
    
 
Strawberry fields!

As I’ve previously mentioned, I don’t often write about the accommodation I stay in, but this has been spectacular. It’s insanely cute! I feel like I’m staying in a hobbit house and it has this super luxurious feel to the place.

   
    
   

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