Today will likely be the last day that I update the blog until next week. We fly into Singapore tonight, and off to North Sulawesi tomorrow. In North Sulawesi, we will be staying in the coastal rain-forest and internet will be nonexistent. I think we only get 2 hours of electricity per day. When we return from our technological exile, there will hopefully be grand tales of strange creatures. I would definitely not describe this area as a tourist destination, so my coverage will be pretty unique. For the googlers, the area is the Tangkoko nature reserve. I hope that you forgive my exodus from goboogo, but I can assure you that it is in the interest of good storytelling. We will be back online next Wednesday, June 23 from Bunaken Island. I may be able to sneak in a post before, but it is unlikely.
Padang Bai Market, directly where we got off of the boat
Motorbikes are the preferred mode of transport
Some local snacks
Some stalls, Kristin bought a bag of chips that was so gross she could eat only one
A rice farmer, farming
That is our driver at center, Merde, he is trying to figure out a place for Ryan and Meagan to stay. They are extremely value conscious, and try to sniff out the best deals. Just being around them has saved Kristin and I money. This is after dropping us off in Ubud.
Furmonster of the day returns with this sleepy wire haired fella
The details in Bali are great. Salt and pepper never looked so good.
We had lunch and dinner at this little restaurant on a rice paddy
Ayam Betutu - smoked organic farm chicken, fragrant yellow rice, veggies
Sate Ayam Lontong - Skewers of chicken with veggies and some kind of white rice morsels
On the hunt in the rice fields
The details of a fountain
These little offerings are everywhere. The Balinese put them out in the morning.
A shaded path
Vespas look cool anywhere, especially orange ones
Free Range Market Bird
An offering on a scooter, we had bad ants in our van and an offering was the culprit.
A floating floral arrangement outside of a restaurant. It is the details that make Bali such an interesting and beautiful place.
A cat store
Plant outside our bungalow
Kites are huge here. Pretty much, any time that you look up, you will see kites in the sky.
A match of footie on the pitch in Ubud
The Herons migrating to Petulu
The birds roosting, largest birds get top rung with the smallest towards the bottom. Large birds will also only breed with large birds. Essentially, the birds have a caste system.
More Herons - spirits of the fallen
To reiterate briefly what I said yesterday, the herons showed up in Petulu 1 week after a very violent massacre. The Balinese believe these birds are the spirits of the fallen.
This definitely makes sense within the constructs of reincarnation.
Jockeying for space
A typical Ubud street scene
Ubud - the center for arts and culture in Bali
Some Underwater Pictures from Gili T