Young people in Bali are expected to marry young, have as close to four children as possible (one for each element), and stay in the village where they were born, working at/for the business of their parents.
We met one young woman of about 22 who was working in a dress shop geared towards tourists, but hadn’t left her village in three years; that trip had been to a beach town 20 minutes away.
Travel is unexpected in a culture that demands a strict adherence to ritual. Access to a vehicle isn’t always a given, either; every road is full trucks with multiple loads and of families (with both babies and small children) on single motorbikes. [Read more…]