This last week, being a volunteer at the Bali center was full of adventure. The beginning of the week was spent in Ubud for Bali’s very special holiday–Nyepi. Nyepi is 2-3 day celebration that the Balinese recognize as the Hindu New Year. On the first day, there was a parade where local communities create giant monsters (known as Ogoh Ogahs) and carry them down the main street while also putting on special performances. Some of the performances were very entertaining…ranging from live music to traditional Indonesian dancing and acting. The next day of Nyepi is spent in complete silence. The entire island shuts down…even the airports. The devout Hindus apparently even fast and meditate all day. So, as volunteers, we spent the day indoors working and reading quietly, trying to be respectful of the holiday which was really quite relaxing and rejuvenating for us as well.