Oh, man! Bali is amazing. We will definitely be visiting Indonesia again, but next time for pleasure. This trip was certainly a pleasureful experience, but we could have spent A LOT more time here, exploring the islands, beaches, and villages.
So it is a bit of a trek to get to Indonesia in the first place. To be exact its 12,921 km, as the bird flies. Our flight was smooth, and we got some shut eye while we were above the clouds. We traveled for about 24 hours, with just one stop over. For airplane food, our meals were pretty good, and we had minimal traffic through the airports. All in all, it was a pretty good travel day for Gill and the crew!
I’m sure you’ve come across a ton of beautiful photos of lush green rainforests in Bali. Beaches with white sand and cyan waters, and sacred temples built with acute attention to detail. And then, of course, there are the waterfalls. Well, we’re here to tell you it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. Just kidding! It is WAY better than what people let on! We would 10/10 recommend a trip to Bali to a friend. It’s a wonder we aren’t packing to move here!
We were fortunate to visit Tegenungan Waterfall near Ubud, the Tegallalang Rice Tereaces, and the Tanah Lot Temple. We saw Monkeys in the Monkey forest! About 600 Balinese long-tailed monkey live in the area. (Disclaimer: don’t wear sunglasses, the monkeys have sticky fingeres — you’ve been warned!) On our visit to the Tegenungan Waterfall, Gillian found several nests built high in the trees, they were the perfect location for a fun photo op!
We visited Binging Beach, Tegal Wangi Beach, and Padang Beach. Bali is home to some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet, and the few we spent time at did not disappoint.
Something that has been interesting while working on Gimme The Beat is visiting sacred spaces around the world. They all feel so different from one another! Bali, like India, has a very palpable spirituality in the air.
Gillian and our crew were welcomed to the Mekar Bhuana Centre where we filmed a Gamelan performance. The sounds of gamelan are magical. Balinese Gamelans are made up of many percussive instruments including the saron, the kendang, brass pots of varying sizes, and cymbals, among other things! Multiples of instruments are used but tuned differently to provide unique sounds. The overall experience was one we will not soon forget!
So, to sum things up for this week: we love Bali! We love traveling and exploring the different iterations of rhythms world-wide. Collectively our team felt so welcomed in Bali. Indonesia is a very hospitable destination, and we can’t wait to be back. Meanwhile, some of our crew is down in Miami — check out our socials, @ktrainmusicstudios and @gimmethebeatdoc, to join in our travels!