Not Ubud - Ketut & Nyoman
Trip Start Oct 02, 2008
16Trip End Nov 30, 2008
Nyoman learned painting from her father and by going to school. But she is currently taking a class in tourism. She wants to be a tour guide and likes the opportunity to practice her English.
Nyoman and her husband, Ketut, have become good friends. I visit their gallery/house almost every day. They have two little boys, about 4 and 2 years old. How do they like to play? By playing drums and gongs, parading with flags or humming traditional "gamelan" music.
Ketut and Nyoman really introduced me to Balinese life
I became a little curious. If everybody is family, then what happens after generations of marriage together? Ketut explained to me that the girls marry off into their husband's village while the boys stay. Simple enough. I found that true throughout the island. Most villages are one big extended family where the boys stay and the girls move on.
I felt really fortunate. Ketut and Nyoman really included me into their lifestyle. They invited me to walk the rice fields. And to swimming at Sanur Beach. And nightly volleyball. And I met all the family that stopped by their house. It didn't take long before I was being recognized when I went through Not Ubud.
One of the best things I learned from Ketut and Nyoman is "santai saja." It is the essence of Balinese life. And what I needed most in coming to Bali - rest. Every day rest. The focus here is on procedure, not results. A refreshing balance from my western mentality.