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Thursday, March 31st, 2005

Yes, we are still alive in Bali after driving for a week with pedestrians and motorcycles and trucks and cars passing each other going 60 miles an hour down one-lane roads with no sidewalks. Bob was more patient than I thought he’d be…only leaned on the horn about a hundred times. The earthquake didn’t reach us…and no tsunami this time so we’re ok…so no worries. We did hear that people in southern Thailand were warned about midnight to head for high ground.

We leave for Bangkok on Sunday… I’m sick of being hot and humid. Now we are back on Kuta Beach where all the kids are.

Easter Monsoon on Lavina

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

(remote north coast of Bali)
The ocean here is protected by reefs and has no surf…it is weird to stand on the black sand beach and look out over the water as calm and glassy as a mountain lake…with only an outrigger canoe (prahu) or two being prepared for the night’s fishing to disturb the horizon.

The internet is down about half the time here…and we were unable to find a way to telephone our sons…surprising for this oft-visited island. We spent the day under a sheet of water…finding a sheltered little cafe (“fresh bread baked daily”) for our evening meal of brushetta and fresh tuna steak. “Where are you from,” asked the young owner who worked the restaurant with his wife. ” My brother is getting his Ph.d. in Michigan in engineering.”

No Sleep on the Full Moon

Thursday, March 31st, 2005
DSC00024.JPG A great day watching the dolphins as the only tenants of a great little resort hanging on a cliff over the easternmost point of Bali in Amed ended in a very uneasy dinner surrounded ... [Continue reading this entry]

Not The Ubud We Pictured

Thursday, March 31st, 2005
DSC00068.JPG Ubud was nothing like I had pictured. Even though it's community members still adhere to traditional customs and the arts, crafts, music and dances support religious rituals and ceremonies, the village is not ... [Continue reading this entry]

Sights And Ceremonies

Thursday, March 31st, 2005
The Balinese are Hindu...but a Hinduism that is overlaid by ancient animist beliefs...a world away from the Hinduism as practised in India. To the Balinese, spirits are everywhere and offerings are put out in shrines in every field and on ... [Continue reading this entry]

Kuta Cowboys

Thursday, March 31st, 2005
DSC00025.JPGOn the beaches and streets of Kuta Bob noticed a large number of lone foreign women (as in white Western). Upon checking Lonely Planet we find that many visiting women are looking for ... [Continue reading this entry]

Bali Indonesia

Monday, March 14th, 2005
YO7AUDZtFfSX7xB1nfH9pw-2006170165110990.gif Bali.JPG Godday!!! (with an Aussie accent we picked up here!) We are currently in Bali Indonesia. It was a spur of the moment decision to head down here. Tomorrow ... [Continue reading this entry]