Bali is a small island in the indonesian archipelago with Java to its left and Lombok to the right. It is the only island in
Indonesia with a Hindu majority, but the followers of Islam are catching up fast via imports.
The island is known for the
diverse and high quality of arts, heavily influenced by its Hindu culture.
It took the Dutch more than half a century and much bloodshed
before they could excercise full control over the island in 1906.
The stratovolcano Gunung Agung dominates the weather.
It is still active, the latest eruption in 1963 killed many.
Rice cultivation in Bali is traditionally organized by a farmers
organization called Subak
The 2002 Bali Bombing in Kuta is a sad reminder that even peacefull places like Bali are not
immune to islamist extremists.
A second bombing took place in 2005.
We visited Bali three times, first in 1998 and then
in 2004 and 2005.