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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud December 12th 2010

Bali-Java 2010 Exchange “Snatching Adventure from the Jaws of Disaster” We missed the tsunami by a couple of days, but we were in Yogyakarta for the earthquake and the eruption of Mt. Merapi. In the 1880s they had a very large eruption of Mt. Merapi, the Indonesians took it as a sign that it was time for the Dutch to leave. The Dutch agreed, and left rather quickly. Our hearty band of Friendship Force Ambassadors saw the Mt. Merapi eruption as another opportunity for adventure traveling. Between Oct. 26 and November 1, a mixed crew of American Ambassadors gathered in Ubud, Bali, to start our adventure. The travel agent informed our ED that she forgot to make hotel reservations on Oct. 20th. Fortunately, our Bali Guide, Made, flew into action and found us the perfect accommodations ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud November 29th 2010

I arrived back in Bali and Inda was there to meet me at the Ngurah Rai airport, Toby being on business in Papua. It was great to see Jayden and Tasha again, it felt like I had never left. In the mornings I here, “Oma, Oma!” outside my door, which means get up and open the door and let us in. O.K. Cool with me. Their English is getting better and better, thank heavens as my Balinese isn’t, they even translate for me. Tasha has been doing this for a while but now Jayden is too! It was Inda’s ottonan a few days after I arrived, ottonan being the Balinese birthday as opposed to the western calendar one. It was on a full moon day which was very auspicious so it was off to the Padanda ... read more
Inda by a statue of her grandfather, Ngurah Rai.
The padanda (priest) and Inda.
Toby and Jayden at Inda's Ottonan (Balinese birthday)ceremony.

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud November 29th 2010

“To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man’s injustice to woman. If by strength is meant pure brute strength, the, indeed, is woman less brute than man. If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurably man’s superior. Has she not greater intuition, is she not more self-sacrificing, has she not great powers of endurance, has she not greater courage? Without her man could not be. If non-violence is the law of our being, the future is with woman…..Who can make a more effective appeal to the heart then woman?” Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi – Mahatma. ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud November 26th 2010

Well, it's Friday afternoon here in Bali, and I've finally found a moment to sit at the computer and update this blog. We are having an amazing time and feel so fortunate to be on this trip with a wonderful group of women. It is hotter than Hades here .. Mona is handling it quite well, but I feel like I'm in a constant hot flash. I can't complain though as I hear it's been a wee bit chilly in Calgary since we left. Since Mona updated this last ... Let me tell you a little about our resort, the Kumara Sakti in Ubud. It's a very private, gated resort with only 12 suites so our group is occupying the entire resort. It is built down a hillside so lots of stairs. Mona's and my room ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud November 22nd 2010

Day 17 – Nov. 15 Made and his crew were there to pick us up and return us to the Ubud (SRI Bungalows) hotel. Paul left at 1:30 AM (Nov 16) in the morning for a 32 hour flight through Korea and on to Washington. ... read more

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Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud November 22nd 2010

Day 18 – Nov. 16 Linda and Patt were going to Hong Kong the following morning but had some flight changes. After a last round of shopping (for the women), some of us had a final dinner at the Dirty Duck restaurant. Most of the crew (Mary Anne, Carol & Patricia, Victor & Louise, Don & Betty, Barbara & Beverly) left on the 1:30 AM (Nov. 17) flight to Seoul, S. Korea. Kay left in the afternoon of Nov. 17. ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud November 22nd 2010

Day 19 – Nov. 17 What a great day. No more responsibilities. Andrea, Gloria, Made and I went exploring: 1. First we went to the archeological museum here in Bali. It is called Museum Archaeology Gedong Arca and features artifacts from the 8th century. (www.purbakalabali.com) 2. Then Klungkung, the ancient capital of Bali 3. Then to Pelangi village in the highlands (traditional weaving village). 4. Then we went to a little village in the valley (much protected and a great find -- the bee keeper and the village temple. 5. Then to Jimbaran for seafood. ... read more
Bali
Klungkung City
Weavers Child

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud November 22nd 2010

Day 22 Nov. 20 I got up early and went out to see the dolphin boats go out. Meet some people from Norway for breakfast and then I will work on the blog and go shopping. Commentary 2: Marriage - One of the wonderful things our hosts in different places did for me personally was suggesting I needed an Indonesian wife. This was a grand gesture but I won big time the first time out and I don’t think I have any right to think I would be a big winner twice in life. Anyway, as they say, I don’t need a purse or nurse and why subject another human to my particular brand of crazy. Driving – The roads were originally goat paths. They may have paved them but they did not widen them. You ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud November 22nd 2010

Day 24 & 25 Nov. 22 & 23 Just waiting for Linda and Patt to get back from Hong Kong this evening and then we take off on the evening of the 23rd (actually 01:30 on Nov. 24). It will be good to get home but I hate to leave Bali. I will be buying some presents and taking a last walk down Monkey Forest Road. Commentary 3 Indonesia grows some of best coffee in the world and they do not have a clue as to how make a good cup of coffee. This is a tea drinking culture. Their coffee will not only blacken your teeth but it will also curl them. Two cups and you look like a warthog coming out of the bush. ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Bali » Ubud November 21st 2010

A selamat pagi to everyone in year 3/4 Well, I just wanted to write and say a big thankyou to you all for your lovely messages wishing Jane and myself a happy wedding. We had a beautiful day on the Wednesday and a great party on the Saturday night. Although it did rain an awful lot and my backyard now looks like a mud-pit, it was a wonderful night and we had so much fun catching up with all of our friends and celebrating late into the night. After the wedding, we got on a plane and flew to Bali which is a small island in Indonesia. We arrived late at night and as we got off of the plane, we immediately noticed how hot and muggy it was. So we were waiting for our bags ... read more
Me in the pool with quite a nice view
Looking through a gate
Monkeys at the Sacred Monkey Forest




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