Carolyn Amor of Australia, email@example.com, is this week's featured entry in the Bali Dream Holiday Contest. You have until the end of April to send your description of what you think a perfect dream holiday in Bali would be like and you might just win 2 tickets on Singapore Airlines, 7 nights at the Fours Seasons Private Estates Bali at Jimbaran Bay, tours and transfers from Bali Discovery Tours, rafting and cycling excursions from Sobek, luxurious spa treatments from Mandara Spa, a helicopter tour from Air Bali, and Cooking Lessons from Bumbu Bali/Rumah Bali.
Entry's are welcome in any format, both from veteran travelers to Bali or those who only harbor a wish to visit.
A breeze caresses my cheek, softly like the kiss of a butterfly.
Slowly the sounds of morning awaken my senses.
A rooster crows, a dog barks, children laugh,
someone sweeping a pathway of fallen leaves.
Soft voices carried on the warm breeze stir memories in me,
as I drift in and out of sleep.
Palm fronds sway gently above me.
Starbursts of sunlight play on golden sand.
Tiny waves like a billion sparkling jewels, lap at my feet.
Ankle deep I stand in the muddy waters of a rice paddy.
They hug the mountainside.
Watery terraces spiked with tender green shoots.
A line of white ducks marching single file, they follow the flag.
A rainforest dark and deep envelopes me.
A magnificent flower appears in my hand,
its silken petals unfold and slip through my fingers,
spilling on the ground.
An explosion of vibrant hues, it transforms into a stunning sarong.
Voices haggling for their wares in a bustling marketplace.
Untold riches to be found.
Exotic flowers, fruit, vegetables and spices of every kind.
Fabrics of the finest silk, batik and ikat.
Smiling faces in the crowd.
And rising above the confusion below,
A volcano shrouded in cloud and mystery.
Now a silent sentinel it stands.
A reminder of its once violent past.
The sounds of a Gamalan orchestra lead me to a Banjar.
Villagers in their finest gather.
Intricate colourful offerings lovingly prepared
Are given up the Gods.
A magnificent banyan tree shades their holy temple.
A potent mix of incense, frangipani and cloves scent the air.
In my dreams I've walked the length and breadth
Of this mystical island.
From mountains to beaches, forests, cities and tiny villages.
Sunrises and sunsets of unimaginable beauty.
I've seen contentment in the deep brown eyes
Of a rare and beautiful people.
I've dined like a king
And made a new friend everyday.
This land across the sea
This living ancient culture
This island of the gods.
Her dreams belong to me.
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