Before I went to Bali, I bought Jill K. Berry’s book Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Mapmaking for my iPad, hoping I would do some maps while in Bali. In the interest of making my mistakes before I went to Bali, I did this map at home. Since I got back I have put our route over the mountains and on one or two other trips we did.
I started by copying the map freehand, then put in the three volcanos.The one on the right is the most important, because it is Mount Agung, Home of the Gods. All direction in Bali is taken from the mountain. It is either ‘kaja’ towards the mountain, or ‘kelod’, away from the mountain. That is why, instead of a compass rose, I have four little kaja-kelod indicators, all pointing to and away from the mountain. The design on these is based on some old Bali silver earrings I have, with a typical Balinese design.
The cartouche has a pattern around it taken from a handpainted box I bought in Bali, years ago. (This was my 12th visit to Bali.) The checked border is related to poleng cloth, which signifies balance, and can be seen draped around statues everywhere in Bali. You can read more about it here and see photographs. Interestingly enough, this time I saw a lot of red and black poleng cloth. I wonder if it is still poleng if it is red and black.
I found it more difficult than I thought to do a map. Two things working against me here: the size of the paper and the size of ‘my Bali’. The sketchbook is too small to fit in a cartouche, a legend and a compass rose. Need bigger paper. ‘My Bali’ in reality is where that pink lotus is, denoting Ubud. (The lotuses weren’t flowering this time but here is the lotus pond) . So my map needed to take in a smaller area. Now I am working on one of a small section of the Monkey Forest Road.
So from the airport we went up over the mountains to the north coast. You always see monkeys up there. Then we stopped five days at Kalibukbuk, where you can go out at dawn to see the dolpins, but we didn’t this time. We sat on our verandah and watched ‘Dick’s Ducks’. (The hotel belongs to a man called Richard, so we decided they must be his ducks.) Coming back we drove along the coast going west, then up to the top of the ridge and east along there. Joined up with the main road just before Bedugul (famous for the temple on the lake).
There is another trip we did from Ubud, off to Sobangan and Tanah Lot, but I havent written about that yet. So, there you have it. That’s my first map.