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For many, August is a “party month” and is probably also “high season,” whatever that is nowadays.  The tourism year used to be very clearly divided into high and low seasons with, of course, higher prices for the high season due to high demand. Now, like the rainy and dry seasons, there seems to be very little to distinguish between the seasons…

For many, August is a “party month” and is probably also “high season,” whatever that is nowadays.  The tourism year used to be very clearly divided into high and low seasons with, of course, higher prices for the high season due to high demand. Now, like the rainy and dry seasons, there seems to be very little to distinguish between the seasons, everything is busy! With perhaps just a change of traveller, from long haul to short haul. 

So if you are here now you should be ready to have great weather, great parties, and because the new roads have just been completed, milder traffic! I certainly hope so anyway. 

Bali is busy these days and has resorted to massive development to try to keep pace with capacity, new roads, a new airport and many, many new hotels. Which reminded me of a great debate which occurred in the UK many years ago. There were two powerful ladies of politics advocating different methods and styles of development. One was all for building and developing, and creating industries and infrastructure and schools and facilities and so on. 

The other was a champion of free family planning who proposed keeping populations controlled, thereby restricting the need for massive building, the need for creating jobs and the need for encroaching on arable land. 

For those who know the UK, the model for expansion was Manchester, the model for control was Aberdeen. Who was right? Well look around and see the results of the Bali version of Manchester. Lots of development. Very few green spaces. And because the population is already much bigger (to be fair due to migration as well as natural expansion) the next phase will be geometrically bigger, meaning that south Bali will be pretty much under concrete. 

For those of you here to party, that isn’t too much of a problem, for those who are here to find authentic Bali, it’s much more of a problem. But we are here to help, and in this issue we concentrate on trying to remind our valued visitors (that’s you) of the unique and wonderful things that real Bali offers. Not the man-made concrete things but the carved and crafted things, the artistic and cultural things, the creative and natural things. I hope you find and enjoy them. They are what Bali is all about. Have a wonderful time!  

 

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