— Independence —
Exciting week here just passed with Bali island awash with plentiful, huge red and white Indonesian flags to celebrate this wonderful country’s 72nd birthday. The generous, active, friendly officials and volunteers from the illustrious village of the Tebubeneng Banjar in Berawa really turned on the celebratory parade for all locals, expats dwellers and tourists alike with live bands, activities, speeches, children’s games well into the night on the new pitch.
Swell has been pumping, too big and shifty-sketchy some days at Canggu, but double head high down at the Bukit. The WaveDog team is currently tapping this message outside next to Konkrete’s skate bowl for Volcom’s big Raba Cakrawala tour. Local band is jamming loudly now, skate crew is jamming the bowl and the crowd is warming up nicely for a night out.
Here, 5 interesting facts about Bali, Indonesia:
1/ Indonesia is comprised of roughly 17,800 islands. Half of the islands have not been named yet. Java, Sumatra, Komodo, Lombok and Flores, Sumba and Bali are the better known islands but there are many more amazing lesser known utopias out there in the archipelego.
2/ Indonesia has the most amount of active volcanoes of any country in the world: 400. (For those of us commuting to work around Asia from the Bali hub, it is always great when they erupt and there is so much volcanic ash that planes cannot fly out. Stranded in Bali with a legitimate excuse, perfect! Not so perfect, a German tourist actually fell into the crater of Bali’s Mount Agung last week, silly billy (real name, Torge Zense, had clearly lost his sense).
3/ The Komodo dragon is a massive beast of a dinosaur lizard than can eat humans. It grows up to three (3) metres long!, 90kg heavy, but can run 20km an hour, swims as gracefully as a fish, long distance if needed between islands and lays eggs. But sorry Game of Throner’s – it does not breathe fire! Mainly living on the Komodo Island, these are incredible prehistoric creatures.
4/ Indonesia is the 4th most visited country in the world. Popular people here!
5/ Borobodur is an amazing, huge sacred, Buddhist temple on Java built for 100 years during the 8th and 9th centuries using 2,000,000 huge stone blocks. It is one of the world’s greatest Buddhist sites. Closer to home on Bali we have another iconic magnet draw card for tourists from all over the world, Tanah Lot, an inspiring Hindu shrine set out on a small island at sea with waves crashing around it. The unity in so much diversity is great to see in Indonesia. Salute!
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“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” ― Plato