No shortage of tourists here, but what else can we expect with one of Bali’s most famous temples?
It was meant to be a sunset stop too, but given the amount cloud cover in the sky that day, and the earlier drizzles, the prognosis did not look good. And so we opted for an early return to Ubud instead. It was actually a relief to have a quiet dinner together after all that shoulder-brushing with people!
Welcoming 2017 with memories of 2016.
For 2 weeks in December, the parents and I spent time at the “usual spot”. Kerala, India. Between a stretch of backwaters and the Arabian Sea.
I am convinced that only when we disconnect can we truly connect.
Taken from /in our block of flats. I could certainly get used to waking up to sunrises everyday.
I found this year’s Sculptures By The Sea a really good training ground to see how much inner equilibrium I could maintain even among external hoards and crowds of people.
Maintaining silence definitely helps – if I had gone with a friend and had been chatting all the way, my energy would definitely have felt sapped more quickly.
Of course, being just beside the vast ocean and sky also helped. Can I maintain the same peace of mind in a rush hour train carriage, squeezed in from all sides? Time will tell.
People, People, People, People… Art.
The Byron Bay Lighthouse / Beach Walk.
And the end of the story goes: Due to time and physical constraints (crazy number of steps!!), we did not manage to get all the way up to the lighthouse. This was my only picture of it. From a distance.
But it’s ok.
I do not regret not going to the lighthouse.
Not at all.
Started the day at Circular Quay, the one and only Ground Control 🙂
Then it was off to Manly Beach. We didn’t do the famous Spit Bridge to Manly walk -that would have taken us the whole day! We just strolled along the coast for a while, enough to satisfy the walkers and sightseers in us.
Beautiful, warm and sunny day – a bit too warm, perhaps!
Sculptures and crowds aside, the eastern coast of Sydney is really a beautiful place.
It was a hot day, and my feet started to hurt after conquering just a portion of the coastal walk. So, I did not get to see all the sculptures after all.
A normal coastline, embellished by works of (mostly) man-made art. In actuality, Nature does not need Man to make it more beautiful – Without Man, Nature has and will continue to flourish. Despite interpretations that the artworks are interactions with the environment, it seems that it is the simplicity and space of Nature which has breathed life into the works, more so than the other way round. And it was that encompassing quality of Nature which I admired the most in this experience.
I remember searching the internet for interesting things to do in Sydney towards the end of last year, and this was one of the events which came up. Am so glad I got to visit it this year 🙂