The smell of Bali...

by Tom

Bali is a destination I had the privilege of visiting as a child frequently. Bali was a popular family holiday destination. Upon going home my parents would always ask me "What would you miss the most about Bali?", my answer would always be : "The smell".

Whether its the airport, the hotels, lavish or not, the wet markets, souvenir shops and almost anywhere is Bali, offerings and incense are practically stepped on everywhere. Its part of the Balinese way of life.

I've always debated alone whether this was a wasteful way of living? So much work for what is practically thrown away. I pondered and pondered until the personal arguing melted away as the intoxicating perfumes or frangipani flowers, offerings and incense persuade me to let go of the worries I was worrying about and soak in whatever it is I was experiencing.

Suddenly trees looked greener, the sky was bluer and the view of a sunset reminded me how grateful I am of every breathe I took. For me the smell of Bali until today subconsciously means "a holiday". And I feel somewhat let down if I go on a holiday to a new place and it doesn't delivery the same twilight eeriness of Bali.

I miss Bali. I don't even bother to try and replicate the smell because I know deep down that replicating it is besides the point. I thank my parents for enriching my childhood with the memories of Bali, which with memories of the beautiful aroma, is burnt into my memories of "the ideal holiday".

I know that Bali has imperfections but just like the best bits of the world, the imperfections are what makes it breathtakingly unforgettable. I can almost smell it out of memory. Ow, how I long to go on a holiday...

Comments for The smell of Bali...

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Dec 02, 2014
Thanks for reminding me Tom
by: Monika

Yes, Bali is also a fragrance!

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to What happened to you in Bali .

Recent Articles

  1. Vila Murah Puncak disediakan oleh Villa Tunas Alam Mutiara

    Nov 15, 20 05:19 AM

    Villa Tunas Alam Mutiara sekarang menawarkan Vila Dinas yang baru direnowasi sebagai alternatif murah. Tentu saja dengan jasa-jasa terbatas.

    Read More

  2. Guest Feedback untuk Villa Tunas 1

    Oct 22, 19 11:48 PM

    Rating: ★★★★★ Details:: Villa Bersih, saya dan teman2 universitas sangat ingin kembali lagi jika kami berlibur di Puncak lagi.. Recomenden.. Dapur lumayan

    Read More

  3. Room aman

    Aug 21, 19 12:37 AM

    Guest feedback: Housekeeping Rating: ★★★★★ Details:: Gak nyesel,pelayanan baik,pemandangannya juga bagus,,the best bgt pokoknya.. Lidia Yulianti Aug 15,2019

    Read More

E-Zine BaliHotelNews

Receive a GIFT ‘SHORT INTRODUCTION TO BALI, so that you know where you want to spend your precious holiday time and where to book a hotel

We are Interested in your Thoughts, please leave a comment:

For this site; how you like it, questions and ideas go to bottom of Homepage

Join the discussion on Bali in our travel forum