Balinese FAQ – by Michael Estrin

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I journey to study, however the farther I am going from dwelling, the extra possible I’m to search out myself within the position of a trainer. In Bali, that cultural alternate is pretty easy as a result of most Balinese individuals converse some English in an effort to work in tourism, which is the island’s greatest trade.

We’ve met loads of Balinese individuals on our journey. None of them have been to the U.S., however all of them have questions on America. Usually, the primary query we get is, how lengthy did it take you to get right here? Once we clarify that it took us two flights that ought to’ve taken about twenty-five hours, however ended up taking two days, the response is amazement that any journey might take so lengthy and gratitude that we’d make such an extended journey to go to Bali.

However after the preliminary journey query, the true questions start. For this dispatch I assumed it is perhaps instructive to share the often requested questions of our hosts. Right here it goes.

  • What do People do on the weekend?

  • Is it true that there are homeless individuals in America? Why don’t these individuals return to their villages and stay with their households?

  • Does it snow the place you’re from? Does snow harm your pores and skin?

  • When is the wet season in America?

  • How removed from Los Angeles to New York?

  • Do you have got a canine, or a cat?

  • Do you have got a gun?

  • Everybody nonetheless loves Obama, proper?

  • Does Arnold Schwarzenegger nonetheless run California?

  • When will there be a brand new Arnold Schwarzenegger film?

  • Have you ever seen Eat, Pray, Love?

  • How massive are your roads?

  • Have you ever been to Texas? What’s it like?

  • Will Joe Biden come to the G-20 in Bali?

  • People are Christians, proper?

  • Are you on Fb?

  • Have you ever seen TikTok?

  • How massive are your mountains?

  • Do you have got a motorcycle, or automobile?

  • When did you get electrical energy?

  • Do you eat at KFC?

I used to be going to shut this put up with some photos, however the web is spotty for the time being, so I’ll depart you with only one image from one of many many temples we’ve visited. Virtually each temple, and plenty of properties, have a construction like this on the entrance. It’s often called the Gate of Heaven.

If you happen to go on social media, you’ll see some extra photogenic examples, however I selected this one for 2 causes. First, it’s a reasonably typical instance. Second, the sarongs wrapped across the statues let you know one thing about how the Balinese relate to Hinduism. Similar to the people visiting the temples, the gods should additionally follow modesty. However relatively than carving sarongs into the stone, the Balinese wrap their gods in clothes as half of a bigger follow of humanizing objects.

The gods have to be modest.

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