Four days and counting until the four hour harrowing drive...Tools for staying organized...


We printed all the paperwork and documents we could possibly need for multiple upcoming flights and visa applications which will be required on paper at the embassies.  Placing each in its own unique envelope seemed to be the easiest way to find what we'll need.  Also, included are the necessary documents for us both of us to apply online for the renewal of our Nevada driver's licenses, Tom in six months, mine in eight months.  The blue envelope contains extra passport-type photos we purchased here for use in applying for the three visas in Singapore.
"Sightings on the Beach in Bali"
Kids on the beach making sandcastles.  This is universal worldwide.
Originally, when we booked two separate two month stays in Bali in the same property we were hesitant, asking ourselves, "What if we didn't like it? What if for some reason we were miserable?"

At the time, with the commitment to finalize the booking imminent we decided to take our chances.  If we didn't like it we'd find a way to make it tolerable.  In most cases, if a location isn't a favorite, we end up spending a good chunk of our time making plans for the future while we stay busy enjoying the location as much as possible.


Fluffy flowers.
That concept is predicated by a good wifi signal allowing us to do research while the time whittles away.  Although we totally loved the house and the staff in Marrakech, Morocco in 2014, we stayed a little too long for the venue, a total of two and a half months. 

But, here in Bali, in this lovely villa, we feel comfortable and at ease.  Certainly, the wifi signal could be better.  Gede hopes there will be a resolution by our return.  If not, we'll live with it. We haven't been unable to post something each and every day during these past almost two months. 

This flower design is commonly used at the ends of posts in Balinese construction.
Sure, there's always nuances we'd prefer to be different; no flies while we're dining is probably the biggest one.  But then, its a reality of life in many parts of the world. 

While living in Australia, we quickly realized that the flies bite so we had to leave the screen-less doors closed in the heat of the day.  Here in Bali, only on a rare occasion do we feel a nip from a fly, perhaps from a different variety.  I've been able to use only a tiny amount of repellent to keep the mozzies at bay, especially early in the morning and late in the day during dinner.

A wide array of tropical flowers bloom in each location we visit.
No English speaking TV?  No big deal. Four hour harrowing drive from Denpasar to the villa (each way)?  Annoying.  Visa extension requiring three roundtrips at a total of four hours of driving time along with hours of waiting time on each of the three days in order to complete the process?  Bothersome. Poor wifi signal?  Frustrating. No opportunity in this remote area to dine in a restaurant from time to time?  Unusual.

On the flip side, we've loved so much about this location; the fabulous staff and their attentive care; the outrageous food; the exquisite accommodations; the infinity pool; the ocean views including daily wonders on the beach; the local people and interesting culture; and the unusual experiences we had almost daily in one way or another.

Birds and beasts are symbolic in Indonesia designs.
A few nights ago, there was a crab in our bedroom.  That made us laugh.  When does one find a crab in their bedroom?  With a handful of paper towels I picked it up, depositing it back to the beach.  Buffalo on the beach every evening?  Where does one see this?  We've never lost interest in watching them meander along the shore.  It goes on and on which we've shared in post after post.

So now as we wind down the remaining four days at the villa we smile with the knowledge and the acceptance of the few obstacles, while for the first time in our travels, we know what to expect upon our return...another two months in Paradise. 

Neighboring villas also have neatly trimmed landscaping.
Will are readers be bored when we're back here with "same old, same old?"  We hope not and, we have a plan.  During the upcoming two whirlwind months of activity after traveling to Southeast Asia we'll be thrilled for a little downtime while back in Bali to begin sharing stories we'll have saved for our readers. 

We're planning to save many of our Southeast Asia cultural stories especially from the Mekong River cruise (to eventually be posted when we return to Bali), writing the stories as they occur while the information is  still fresh in our minds. 


Bus stop in the neighborhood.
Of course, we'll prepare a shorter daily post in "real time" while on the Mekong River cruise as we experience Vietnam and Cambodia both by land and water since we'll be out on tours most days during the cruise itinerary.

As for Singapore, starting in five days (we're spending one night at a hotel in Denpasar, Bali before the flight), where we'll be for one week, we'll prepare our usual posts with photos as we visit three embassies for the required three visas we need, incorporating sightseeing along the way.  This should be quite an experience it itself.

The Hindu temple often has scary statues to drive away evil spirits.

Today, we'll both pack and weigh our bags, pay the online excess baggage fees and be done. Once again, this will give us peace of mind allowing us to thoroughly enjoy our remaining few days at the villa. 

May your day bring you peace of mind!
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Photo from one year ago today, June 23, 2015:

Shopping in Trinity Beach, Australia was as unique as it has been in most new locations. The AUD $227.57 for Woolie's Grocery Store, (aka Woolworth's) translated to US $175.86.  This total didn't include the veggies at US $32.77, AUD $42.41 and Italian sausage at US $13.45, AUD  $17.40.  For more details, please click here.


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