A Day in Sicily – Video

A video condensing a week in Sicily into a day. Starting at the fishing village of Acitrezza, in the Ionian Sea, we go to the fish market in Catania, Palermo, drift through the fog in the medieval village of Erice, to the ruins Taoramina, the ancient island of Ortigia, then sigh at the sunset in Cefalù, on the Tyrrhenian Sea. We met a few characters along the way. (Video is in 4K):

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Dancing With the Apes: Kecak Dance, Bali

I hate monkeys. Maybe it is just envy. Although there is ample evidence that our evolutionary stem has developed a superior brain, deep down at the coccyx of my psyche there may still exist the tail stub of an ape. Maybe I still have a repressed urge to play with myself in public, fling my feces and steal every shiny object that isn’t nailed down.

At the Uluwatu temple in Bali, Indonesia I got stuck in a tourist trap, a narrow passageway facing a phalanx of not-so-great apes. Luckily I had been warned to remove my glasses and shiny objects and clutch my camera. But a woman in front of me was not so cautious. She let out a scream as a marauding macaque snatched her earring and taunted her to return it in exchange for a banana. Come to think of it, this hairy extortionist might consider an alternate career in banking.

But monkeys are untouchable in this Hindu temple perched on a cliff above the Indian Ocean. Every night, in a performance of the Kecak, or Monkey Dance, the monkey-like Varana helps a prince fight off an evil king while 100 men chatter like macaques.

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