July 17, 2014

Bali Arts and Architecture


We went to a neat evening Kecak dance show which consists of lots of chanting by many men. They provide all the music for this by group grunting and chants. Sounds off-putting but it’s very compelling. Then a story is acted out with dance and show ends with one of the characters walking and then sitting on a large fire and jumping around on it. He was wearing a grass skirt at the time so not sure how all that worked.

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July 16, 2014

Volcanoes, Coffee, and Temples

A trip around Bali had us driving up to see a volcano through very pretty jungle areas and past the famous rice terraces (it was raining so we visited those from the car). We had lunch overlooking the volcano, which was pretty but the food sad (should never do a buffet when there are that many tourists). Still, just as in Costa Rica, it’s all about the view from these places.



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July 15, 2014

Jimbaran -- Bali

On one of our outings we went to the seafood market in Jimbaran which is south of Kuta on the west side. It’s in a lovely bay with whiter sand than we are seeing in other places and the water was almost turquoise but the waves were really large. Too intense to swim for sure. The sand though was nicer and softer. In Sanur it’s OK but right at the water’s edge it becomes very squishy with this unpleasant sinking feeling (above ankles) that is hard to walk in. I haven’t experienced sand quite like it before – it’s like soft mud but yet quite large, round grains of sand.


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July 14, 2014


We just spent two weeks in Bali and overall enjoyed it but probably wouldn’t work hard to come back. The people are lovely; kind, gentle and very talented musicians and artists. The culture is interesting and the temples and architecture fascinating. I had higher hopes for the beaches, which were pretty, but nothing amazing. The reef sits just off shore and that was neat to see as the waves crash out there encircling Bali. Reminded me of the desert island books where they can never get across the reef in rafts!


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June 27, 2014

Halong Bay


We broke up our 8 days in Hanoi with a trip to Halong Bay, which is to the east. There is a new road to the coast so the drive was only 3.5 hours. There we boarded our small boat to ferry across to the junk.


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We are a family of six with mom, four big boys and one little girl, all born in various locations around the world. Kate (mom) is from England and grew up around Europe before arriving in the US at age 17. Read more

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