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... We took them to Newfoundland, but the grandparents have the privilege of saying they took them to Disney World and on four cruises to the Caribbean. Lucky kids.
However, I had to laugh this morning. While we were getting ready for the flight to Bali, I mentioned that we would have a meal on the plane. "A meal?" Elizabeth looked at me quizzically. "You mean a snack? Like pretzels and peanuts?" Then it dawned on me. My children have never been served a hot meal ...
... to the market area. This was two floors of tonnes of little shops each with an owner desperate to sell us something. Manon had great bartering skills and for the first time in a long time we didn't pay well above the odds for our purchases. That evening we had dinner at a restaurant called blah blah serving amazing Indonesian style tapas dishes before moving on to a Balinese dance show. Despite being unsure what to expect we were all blown away by the loud chiming ...
... on and on - so they can survive and have a little to send to their families in Lombok. The shed they live in is so small, made up of bits of plastic and left over tin. It must be stifling inside. All cooking done on the ground outside.
Now as I walk around Ubud and see that all these buildings are made by small teams like this, my respect for the workers of Bali continues to soar.
It also give me another insight into and respect for the value of workers unions.
... staff left them to undress the girl was obviously nervous and whispered to her boyfriend "oh god I hope they don't do anything suss". Though I remember my first trips to Asia, I still had to hide snorts of laughter ... Good thing they didn't get their massage on the next corner as they really would have got more than bargained for!!
For our last week here we decided to go back to Cruisy Sanur to our cheaper beers and much, much cheaper accommodation at Kesari ...
... is a test of endurance. Second is the smaller stores , the side streets and ally based options. Not as pushy as a street seller , their prices may or may not be marked, but bartering is still an option. Third are the commercial stores. Selling name brand products at, well, name brand prices. Bartering doesn't find much joy in this realm, it's not foreign to them, but the computer won't let them do it. A drink at one of ...
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