A Little Travel Memory … Pervasively Damp & a Balinese Dancer

Often, the nightly cultural shows specifically arranged for tourists make me cringe and think “oh my dear lord it must be so cheesy.” Surprisingly though, this cultural dance in the center courtyard of a beautiful Balinese temple was captivating. I overlooked that it’s wasn’t actually ceremonial and enjoyed the dancer’s long-practiced moves and obvious training as the performers led the audience through a story of good versus evil, dragons and temptation (and I mean really, is there any other kind of story?!)

Cultural Dance show in Ubud, Bali.

A Balinese cultural dancer performing a story about traditional Balinese mythology

Even better though, and more memorable, was the fact that this was one of the last days without rain before I left Bali…from this evening onward the sheets of rain interchanged with near 100 percent sunshiny humidity. The blanket of damp covered my every waking moment in Ubud and the cultural dance is my last clearly dry memory of Ubud. When I left town three days later I didn’t realize the dampness had permeated every single item in my backpack.

I unpacked in Los Angeles 24 hours after leaving Ubud (lots of layovers) and everything was damp. T-shirts? Check. Socks? Check. Pants, underclothes, towel, and notebook? Check, check, check and check. The rain and pervasive humidity last September in Bali was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced!

So yeah, this dancing lady? She’s a happy memory of the last dry day of my short adventure to Bali :)

Ever been so damp you didn’t even realize it?!

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7 Responses to A Little Travel Memory … Pervasively Damp & a Balinese Dancer

  1. club villamar February 5, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    Hello Shannon..
    I am regular follower of your blog and likes the travel experience you shared in your post.Awesome capture and capture shows the culture diversity and aspect of enrichment at Culture at Bali.

    With Regards
    Bill

  2. Jason February 4, 2011 at 6:16 am #

    I know what you mean about some so called traditional dance shows being cringe worthy, but sometimes you come across something that is well worth the effort (as you did). If your in Bali at the wrong time (or right, depending on how you look at it) the Humidity can be unforgiving and there’s nothing quite like the stench of wet and damp clothes being pulled out of your backpack after being packed away for a couple of days.

    • Anonymous February 4, 2011 at 4:01 pm #

      When I head back to Bali for a longer visit I just might pick a better time
      of year..the country is always beautiful no doubt, but rainy season is
      INTENSE! :)

  3. Lisa @chickybus February 3, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    Yes, I have. When I’ve visited jungles and rain forests. Don’t like that feeling, either! :) Cool shot of the dancer!

    • Anonymous February 4, 2011 at 3:18 am #

      Thanks Lisa – in the jungle I bet you add dirty to that whole
      equation..yuck! :)

  4. Corinne @ Gourmantic February 3, 2011 at 11:57 am #

    Lovely photo of the dancer. I like her expression, and that flawless make up!

    • Anonymous February 4, 2011 at 3:17 am #

      Thanks Corrine! I always wonder how they keep their makeup like that, even
      when it’s so hot and damp! It must have some real staying power :)

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