Recently I downloaded a trial version of some software that allows me to access an old external hard drive that has a pile of my old pictures on it. Since then, I have been going down a bit of a walk down memory lane. Funny to think where we are now, because this hard drive is at least 4 times the size of the one I bought recently, and but has half the space. I am having a little bit of a flash back while I am listen to some music that I am streaming from a Google Play Music trial and type this. I remember before I went to Australia, there was a group of us that all went out to get iPods, the classic ones that max out at 80gigs. Now, I have unlimited access to music just over the internet. Craziness.
Anyways, to continue my stroll, here is a shot of a Bali sunset from 2007 at the Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple when I went there for a vacation from my vacation. After spending over two years in Australia, I decided that I would go to New Zealand, but first I had to make a stop over in Bali to see what all the fuss was about. Australians, especially those from the northern part, talked so highly of the place, that I knew I had to go check it out for myself. I can say that I am very glad that I went, and it lived up to the fuss completely. I went during the wet season, which meant that it rained off and on throughout the day. It didn’t really affect the site seeing though since the rain would come in and pour for 5-10 minutes, and then clear and the day would be grand once again for a few hours.
The temple is about 70 meters up on a cliff and from what I have read, dates back to before the 11th century. From Kuta, it is a pretty easy trip to the temple. For me and the guys I went with, we rented scooters and drove there. One the way back, we got pulled over by the cops and had to pay a $20 “fine”. The temple itself has a pretty large population of monkeys that can be a little bothersome, but for the most part it is a gorgeous place to walk around and sightsee.
Looking back on my trip there, I have to say that this Indonesian province holds a very special place in my heart. I found the people to be amazing – one guy offering to sell me the shirt on his back because I wanted to know where he got it from, and the sights there were just incredible. Going during wet season meant that everything was so very green and lush and every landscape I saw was spectacular. Going to places like this gives you a new perspective for what we have here in western society. I was privileged to meet some of the locals while I was there, and got to see some of the not-so-beaten path areas and although the place was beautiful, many people got by with very little. The thing was, they all seemed happy. Faith played a big role in their lives, with majority of the people there being Hindu, but they are also very much about community, culture and togetherness. It was a place that I will always remember, and also a place I look forward to going back to.
I took this with my Canon 400D, shooting at 1/400 of a second, F22 and ISO 1600. No idea why I was shooting so fast with such a high ISO, but hey, this was 8 years ago. Today was a little cooler out, but rather nice with the wind for a walk.