|the green blur, motorcycle in motion.|
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|As you can see, the streets near Amed were much quieter than Denpasar's streets.|
Bali is predominantly Hindu, which sets it apart from the rest of Indonesia, which is mostly Muslim. Religion plays a major role in the lives of the Balinese. As we rode along, we noticed these bamboo poles along the streets. I believe they are called penjor, and they decorate the entrance to each family compound. They are put up for the religious holiday called Galungan, which occurs every 210 days, according to the Balinese calendar. The Balinese form of Hinduism is really a mixture of Hindu, Buddhism, Javanese and ancient indigenous beliefs.
|A closer look at the ornament hanging from the penjor.|
In addition to exploring the area on motorbike, we also signed up to do some scuba diving while visiting Indonesia. I haven't gone scuba diving in a decade, so I did a refresher dive in the pool with the dive master and a darling young woman from Holland. M and I also spent some time reading our dive manuals and getting ready for wreck diving, drift diving and navigation diving. Fun. I don't have an underwater camera, so you will not get a chance to see what I saw underwater. I am sorry about that, since it was amazing. I did do some quick little drawings, while sitting by the pool one day. Maybe I will share those with you...