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Last fall I attended the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival on the Indonesian island of Bali. I had fallen in love with the artful atmosphere and fervent grace of Ubud at the same festival the year before, so I had arrived in the city full of expectations. Yet on my first day there, as I walked down the main street, I found my senses pummeled by a noxious non-stop stream of cars and motorbikes, exhaust fumes, chaos, and noise. Had that other Ubud been just a dream?

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A Royal Cremation in Ubud

Lisa Niver Rajna and her husband kicked off what would be a year-long trek through Southeast Asia by spending two months exploring Bali with no set itinerary. Their stay in Ubud happened to coincide with an extravagant cremation ceremony for a member of the Balinese royal family. Read about what it was like to witness this sacred Hindu ritual firsthand.

Trip Lit columnist Don George had the good fortune of participating in the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, a gloriously cornucopic and chaotic literary love fest that brought hundreds of writers and word enthusiasts from around the world to Bali in early October. Here’s a report straight from the horse’s mouth.

At Market in Bali

By Martha J. Miller Less than ten minutes after our arrival, the British couple asks to leave. They speak in hushed, agitated tones to our local guide, Sang De (sounds like “Sunday”), who is dressed in a traditional Balinese sarong and a lightweight white shirt, with a swath of batik cloth wrapped around his head.…