Spending December in Bali is probably the best way to enjoy the perks of being in a tropical island: swimming in a pool during Christmas ‘eve,
Kayaking in the shallow waters of Pandawa beach on Christmas’ day or wearing flip-flops while dancing on new year’s eve made me feel very pleased to be 15 thousand kilometers away from home and the cold I’d be facing. On the other hand, December in Bali is also rain season, so there are always good chances to get caught by a heavy rain while going somewhere. Anyway, getting wet with a tropical warm rain while on the way to the beach is still a much better feeling than being caught by icy wind, cold rain and snow like in Europe. And even though the rain scuppered some of my plans, it didn’t stop me from visiting Sarangan Island (and the Turtle Conservatory center), Bali Museum and some beautiful “secret beaches” that are not really secret anymore. Thanks to our neighbor – a charismatic Hindu priest – we also took part to the Galungan’s Ceremony, which for the Balinese Hindu tradition is a very important day, celebrating the victory of the good (Dharma) over the evil (Adharma).