I am on a dog sit in Bali, and today is Nyepi, the day of silence.
“Observed from 6 a.m. until 6 a.m. the next morning, Nyepi is a day reserved for self-reflection, and as such, anything that might interfere with that purpose is restricted. The main restrictions are no lighting fires (and lights must be kept low); no working; no entertainment or pleasure; no travelling; and, for some, no talking or eating at all. The effect of these prohibitions is that Bali’s usually bustling streets and roads are empty, there is little or no noise from TVs and radios, limited access to the Internet and few signs of activity are seen even inside homes. The only people to be seen outdoors are the Pecalang, traditional security men who patrol the streets to ensure the prohibitions are being followed.”
I can’t leave the property to walk the dogs, but fortunately, there is a garden, so that will have to do for today.
This is my 2nd time on Bali for Nyepi, and the last time the internet was also turned off, however, this time the wifi is still on, only phones/data services are off.
It is actually a nice day, no noise from motorbikes or
scooters, even the local dogs have stopped barking - so far!!
The only thing I didn’t know was that banks close all atm services at midday the day before, until midday the day after Nyepi, 48 hours, and I was a bit short of cash last night, but have food in for today…