We went to an amazing museum yesterday on Bali: The Setia Darma House of Mask and Puppetry. Kelly found it as she often does when it comes to stuff off the beaten path. It was a collection of masks used by people throughout Indonesia to tell stories of the history of the Islands. They also had collections of "shadow puppets" which were also used by locals to tell stories on morality and other things. The exhibits were housed in late 19th century Indonesian wood houses which had been transported. Who knows what that "reclaimed wood" could go for in Venice. It was simply marvelous and if anyone ever comes here I would put that as a "must see."
We finished "orientation week" and as my fellow Alums from USMA have heard many times, "I am orientated to this site." Sleep has been scarce with the cacophony of roosters, hyenas, wild dogs, motor bikes and intermittent yelling. But all in all, have learned a lot in a short time, but I will save my conclusions on Bali until the end of the month.
Tomorrow we head to Nusa Penida, an island off the east coast of Bali to do a 2 week program in turtle conservation and teaching. I don't know the wi-fi situation there but I think I will have the chance to continue these daily updates.
It has been an interesting trip so far, in that my biases for the most part have been wrong, not just about Bali and the Balinese, but the countries around the world where my fellow, mostly younger volunteers hail from.
More to come....