Bearing Down on Bali: First Impressions of an Island Paradise

After Elizabeth Gilbert published her best-selling novel Eat, Pray, Love, Bali’s tourism numbers shot up as vast numbers of eager readers made the pilgrimage to find their new spiritual self. But is Bali really the mystical realm made out in the books and films?

Photography: Balinese School Boys on a Hill

A group of boys stand on a hill in Bali, Indonesia wearing school uniforms. Bali is an island province east of Jakarta. This photo was taken just outside of Denpasar, the provincial capital.