Indonesia Update #8: Bali Gallery

A cameo image from the Monkey Forest learning center

A cameo image from the Monkey Forest learning center

Once again, we have received a raft of photographs from Indonesia, but they arrived without explanatory text.  At this point we may have to await our group’s return in order to hear the stories that accompany these photos.  But we can still enjoy the images!

One important note about the students’ imminent return:  Reflection takes time.  Our travelers will need patience and some adjustment time before being ready to share a lot of their experiences.  Please allow for this reflection time, and know that the powerful impacts of this experience are there — they just need some incubation before coming out into the open!

Besikrih is known as the Mother Temple; a Hindu shrine

Besikrih is known as the Mother Temple; a Hindu shrine

Besikhrih, the Mother Temple, is the largest Hindu temple in Bali

Besikrih, the Mother Temple, is the largest Hindu temple in Bali

Entering the temple, everyone is required to wear a sarong and waist sash

Entering the temple, everyone is required to wear a sarong and waist sash

Interacting with local kids is a side benefit of the temple visit

Teaching English to local kids is a mutual pleasure

The view from the sacred site

The view from the sacred site

Playing gamelan bells

Making music with students

The magical sound of gamelan bells rings out

The magical sound of gamelan bells rings out

A pavilion at the Balinese Cultural Museum

A pavilion at the Balinese Cultural Museum

Providing a little testosterone-fueled entertainment to the locals

Providing a little testosterone-fueled entertainment to the locals

Group photo at the end of an English teaching exercise

Group photo at the end of an English teaching exercise

They're all VERY hot, regardless of the color!

They’re all VERY hot, regardless of the color!

Class discussion at the group's final lodging spot on the shores of the Indian Ocean

Class discussion at the group’s final lodging spot on the shores of the Indian Ocean

As our group packs up for their return home, one thing is unmistakably clear:  This has been a tremendous opportunity, one afforded to only a very few and very fortunate individuals.  The gratitude we all feel toward the many generous donors and patient parents is immense.  Thank you so much for making this amazing experience possible!

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