Final expenses for six weeks in Phuket, Thailand...Departure to Bali today...12 hour travel day...Final favorite Phuket photos...


We stumbled upon the scene in Phuket.
By the time you see this post today, we'll already be at the airport in Phuket awaiting the flight to Singapore with a three hour layover until the final leg of the flight to Denpasar, Bail. 


Colorful shrine in front of a property!  Wow!
Neither of these two flights are very long, the first only 1 hour, 50 minutes; the second under around 2 hours.  These shorter flights shouldn't be too hard on me.  Once we arrive in Singapore, we'll get a passcode for the free Wi-Fi, find comfortable seating in a restaurant in the terminal and busy ourselves online while we wait.


Many fruit and coconut stands are found along the road.
Although it will be a long day, expecting to arrive at the hotel in Kutu, Bali around 8:30 pm after departing the house in Phuket at 7:00 am, there is a one hour time difference resulting in a 12 hour travel day.

We'll always recall the 34 hour travel day from Venice to Kenya in 2013 making this 12 hour travel day seem like "a walk in the park."  We don't anticipate too many more lengthy travel days in the immediate future when we only have a few more flights until heading back to the US for a family visit via a cruise embarking in about 8 months.


In rained and was cloudy almost every day for a period of time. 
Once we arrive in Bali we only have a few more flights pending until we head to the US in April, 2017:
1.  Bali to Sydney:  October 30, 2016 (Yuck! A red eye)
2.  Sydney to Hobart:  December 3, 2016
3.  Hobart to Sydney:  February 28, 2017


Well care for wood boat tied to a tree in the bay.
Now for the final Phuket expenses, keeping in mind that these expenses are less than expected and budgeted when we weren't able to get out to dine and do much sightseeing based on my health condition. 


Colorful shells from the Phuket Seashell Museum.
Most
tourists stay in resorts with minimal cooking facilities (if any), dine out for most meals, pay for a more expensive rental cars or multiple taxi rides and go out on a number of tours and sightseeing adventures.

Blue-green water at a distance.  Sandy beach at the shore.  Beautiful!
Here are the total expenses:

Expense
US Dollar
Thai Baht
Vacation Rental  $            2,603.19  $    89,994.51
Airfare   $               830.00  $    28,693.81
Visa  $                 74.14  $      2,563.08
Taxi (inc. tips)  $                115.75  $      4,001.58
Rental Car  $                260.33  $      9,000.00
Wi-Fi  $                    0   $              0                  
Groceries  $                948.60  $     32,793.92
Dining Out  $                     0           $               0                  
Miscellaneous $                    24.12  $           833.85
Tips (for cleaners)  $                  115.50  $        4,000.00
Total  $             4,971.63  $    172,196.91
Average Monthly Cost  $             3,688.30  $    127,747.61
Avg Daily Cost - 41 nights  $                 121.25  $         4,199.60 

Spikey colorful shells.
In the next few days we'll be writing an online review for the vacation rental at the owner's preferred site.  Soon, the cleaners will arrive and we'll present the four delightful helpers with tips as indicated above.

Had I been feeling well, this 41 nights in Phuket would have been an entirely different experience.  Hopefully, as we go forward and the healing continues, we'll be able to return to our former more active experiences.


No disrespect intended.  When I spotted Tom posing next to this statue, it was a LMAO experience. He'll do anything to make me laugh during these challenging months of healing. I couldn't resist taking a photo.
Thanks to all of our loyal readers for hanging in with us during this very quiet, relatively uninteresting period in Thailand.  I know you may be anticipating that the upcoming two months in Bali won't be much different.  But, we promise to make every effort to share great new photos and experiences as circumstances will allow. 

Midway through the next two months, we'll be spending four nights in a hotel in Lovina, Bali in order to acquire the necessary visa extensions.  While there, we should have some new and exciting photos and stories.  Please stay tuned.

Back at you soon!
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Photo from one year ago today, September 1, 2015:

Clear blue skies contributed to our colorful beach photos on our final days in Trinity Beach.  For more photos, please click here.

Tom's short haircut in Phuket...Winding down for tomorrow's departure...Final Phuket expenses tomorrow...


Shorter than he'd normally prefer, Tom's latest buzz cut will hold him through the 33 night cruise beginning on October 31st.
Tom needed a haircut before we left Phuket.  There's a little salon at the end of the road where it meets the major highway.  We'd driven passed it many times and he thought that might be a good spot for his much needed haircut.

The plan was to have a buzz cut that would be perfect by the time we were ready to board the 33 night cruise upcoming on October 31st.  Little did we know he'd get the best buzz cut he's had since the onset of our travels.

When we drove up to the tiny salon we asked if someone was available.  A young woman, named Seven, was ready to get to work on his hair.  We asked for the price of the haircut in advance. Her associate Maw, spoke very little English but she understood when we asked about "how many bahts."

The exterior of the nearby tiny spa and salon.
Maw explained the cost of a men's haircut is THB $150, US $4.34.  In Singapore, where he had his last haircut, the cost was considerably higher at US $32.74, THB $1,134 (after a 20% discount for new customers) and the quality of the cut was only a fraction of the quality as compared to yesterday's meticulous cut. 

The attention to detail was flawless as Seven spent no less than 40 minutes cutting his hair using both scissors and an electric hair trimmer.  She was gracious when he included a 35% tip.  (Tipping isn't common in Thailand and any amount tendered is appreciated with a hands-pressed-together-bow-of-the-head).

After the haircut we took off for the pharmacy which can be found in Phuket  every five or six blocks when driving along the main roads.  We decided to stop at the same tiny store we'd visited a few times in the past for hydrogen peroxide, Tylenol and contact lens solution.

Tom removed his glasses, closed his eyes and the 40 minute cut began.
This could prevent us from having to make yet another stop (beside the supermarket) on the four or five hour harrowing drive from the hotel in Bali to the villa in Sumbersari. 

Pharmacies in most countries are just that...they carry medicinal items only; no mascara, no shampoo and no razor blades.  Most supermarkets don't carry most of these items either requiring travelers must be well stocked  with such toiletries and supplies when staying in the more remote areas.

During the cut, I asked him to open his eyes and smile for a photo.
Also, we should mention that pharmacies in many countries do not carry commonly prescribed medications one easily finds in the US, Australia, Europe and other parts of the world.  Its best to bring enough of any necessary medications in one's carry on bags (along with a copy of prescriptions) in the event of lost luggage.

Having found each of the three items we needed, we made our way back to our villa.  It was raining hard and we saw no reason to be driving any further than necessary with the poorly working windshield wipers in the less-than-stellar rental car. 

Seven analyzes Tom's hair for his buzz cut.
We giggled over how little fuel we've used in the rental car when we filled it upon arrival.  Of course, my desire to stay close to "home" while recovering contributed to this fact.

Today, we'll finish packing with only a few items we're still using yet to be added to the bags.  Tom will place everything by the front door so we'll be ready to head out first thing in the morning. 



The interior of the salon area was no larger than a medium sized RV or caravan.  A massage area was located in a back room we didn't see.
Hopefully, we'll both sleep well tonight.  We have a tendency to toss and turn on nights before departure, especially when we have to use an alarm to ensure we're up on time.  Invariably, I awaken before the alarm goes off.

Tomorrow, the post with our final expenses for the 41 days in Phuket which we're preparing today will automatically upload in time for your usual viewing.  Please keep in mind that these total expenses are lower than we'd expected when we spent little during my convalescence.  Dining out, boat tours and other tourist activities would have increased the total costs. 

Coconut shells stored on the side of this building near the salon.  Coconut shells may be used to make charcoal which is used as fuel.  See here for details.
When we commence the long drive to the villa another new post will upload.  As a result, no daily posts will be missed during the two day's of traveling.

We're looking forward to the dinner the two Katuks which will have waiting for us upon our arrival around 5 or 6 pm.  We're both anticipating their happy faces, their fine food and again seeing Gede, the house man and Ribud, the pool guy. Of course, seeing the buffaloes walking along the beach during dinner makes us smile as well.

Happy day!
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Photo from one year ago today, August 31, 2015:

The view of Double Island and Scout Island are a pleasant beginning to any day in Trinity Beach.  For more photos as we began our final week in Australia please click here.
 

Spending idle time...Two days and counting...Favorite Phuket photos begin today...


Boats anchored in shallow waters.  Owners can walk out to the boat.
Although we arise early most days, the thought of setting an alarm is always done so with a bit of dread.  Having retired in 2011, in my old life, there had been few mornings where I had to arise and be out the door in a rush.

Since beginning our travels in October, 2012, there's been more mornings than we can count where we've had to be up and "at 'em" early in the morning in order to begin a travel day.  What time do we consider early? 

Arising by 5 am is considered early by our standards especially when we have to be somewhere.  Most mornings, I'm awake that early but not necessarily preparing to head out.  There's a big difference, isn't there?


Chalong Beach.
Why I dread those mornings we have to leave early baffles me. I don't have any trouble getting out of bed when the alarm goes off.  Is it the prospect of another long travel day?  The heavy bags?  The long lines? Immigration? Customs? Paying for excess baggage fees?  The tight seats on the plane? Perhaps its all of these.

Once we get into the taxi for the ride to the airport, a bit of angst begins to waft away, escalating further after we've checked in for our flight disposing of our three heavy bags, left with only a few carry on bags. 

With international airports requiring arrival two hours prior to a flight's departure, we're often left with more than 60 minutes until boarding.  In most cases, we find a restaurant, purchase a beverage and get online if the airport has free Wi-Fi, which we find more and more common.  Only a few airports charge for Wi-Fi access.


Boats tied to shore at the beach. Life jackets hanging on a post.
The next issue is our laptop batteries discharging.  For Thursday's upcoming flight, we'll have no less than an hour of waiting time at the airport in Phuket and then another three hour layover in Singapore (our third trip to Singapore in these past four months). 

Some airports have recharging stations but we've seldom needed to use them.  In this case, it may be necessary when it seems our laptop batteries are losing life after almost two years of use.

My laptop may indicate I have seven or eight hours of a charge when in fact its much less.  Tom has a similar laptop but can function unplugged a few hours less than mine.


Boats in the bay.
These was a time that reading a physical book would have been handy but there's no way we're willing to carry books with us. 

Now that Tom doesn't have a smart phone until our shipment arrives, he won't be able to read books on his phone. The charge on my phone may last eight hours if I don't get online.  Good thing, I saved my phone with the rice after dropping it in the toilet, or neither of us would have a working cellphone.

In most cases, I read books on my phone during flights putting the phone in "flight mode" as required.  I usually save the phone for the flight as opposed to reading while waiting in airports.  When a flight has individual video screens, a movie is often ideal as opposed to reading.


Entrance to the long pier at the beach.
I suppose we're not unlike many others who use electronics to whittle away idle time.  Where are the days when we'd sit quietly in an airport reading a People magazine which now holds no interest whatsoever?  Where are the days when people watching could occupy two hours of idle time?

We've trained ourselves in this digital world to need constant stimulation.  Tom and I are no exception.  Sure, in Bali again we'll spend some idle hours staring out at the beach and its wildly interesting activities, which again we'll continue sharing in our "Sightings on the Beach in Bali" daily feature on the posts.

But, there again, its all about mental stimulation.  Neither one of us are inclined toward quiet contemplation without any form of activity for the brain.  Maybe to an extent this is good for our aging brains as both of us still possess great memory and recall as we've aged. 

Second long pier at the beach.
We can't believe much of which we read about these topics online when the speculations change week by week.  (We're talking about adults here, not children, which is an entirely different scenario).

What is one to believe?  I guess we can leave it to our own devices, figuratively and literally.  What's gives us the greatest sense of engagement with our surroundings, our world and with each other?  What makes us the most fulfilled?

If spending hours online, on our tablets, computers and phones provides us with a sense of accomplishment and pleasure who's to argue with this?  Then again, perhaps the biggest concern is a lack of physical activity while we're entertaining ourselves. 

"They" say sitting is bad which may be true.  But which group of seniors (or those younger) spends eight to ten hours a day on their feet?  Few.  Very few.
Fisherman searching for a possible catch.
Off we go in two days, arising at 5:30 am on Thursday to be ready to head out the door by 7 am for our arriving taxi. We'll arrive at our hotel in Bali around 8:30 pm that evening after a very long travel day.  In the morning, we'll have breakfast at the hotel and begin the four or five hour harrowing drive with a few stops along the way.

I'm a little concerned over how I'll do over these two extended periods based on my continuing recovery.  But, with digital equipment in hand, hopefully, I'll be able to distract myself well enough to maneuver through the lengthy process.

Be well and stay entertained however that works for YOU!
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Photo from one year ago today, August 30, 2015:
We couldn't resist taking photos of these Flintstone's character statues in a nearby yard in Trinity Beach, Australia.  For more photos, please click here.








Bit by bit...Piece by piece...Getting it all together...3 days and counting...


Flowers blooming in pond in front yard of the villa.
It's surprising how easily I'm getting through my share of the packing this time considering my extra caution in avoiding bending over.  Sure, there are certain aspects of pulling it all together that are tricky right now when I've always been the one to gather all the odds and ends we've placed throughout  the vacation home.

Tom handles all the cords, electronics, emptying, washing and drying the ice cube trays and packing his clothing, while I usually gather and pack the toiletries, shoes and the few kitchen items (place mats, a few dish towels, measuring cup and spoons, turner and peeler).

This style of house in Phuket could be anywhere in the world, including the US.
Slowly, over the past few days, I've gathered what we won't need to use with only two meals left to prepare.  On Wednesday evening, we'll pack the remainder and be ready to walk out the door at 7 am on Thursday morning (its Monday here now) when the driver arrives to take us to the airport.

With my clothes packed except for what I'll wear over the next few days, I'm beginning to have peace of mind knowing its under control.  Over this past year I've been able to get the packing down to less than an hour (prior to the injury) but now it's proven to be a cautious step by step process in a determined attempt to avoid further injury.

If I had to leave the entire process up to Tom, he's do it without question.  But, the time has come for me to be a little more active.  What better a time than to do it now when soon we'll be walking long distances in the airports in Phuket, Singapore (a long layover) and Denpasar.

Driving on the highway to the market.
I'm thrilled we're staying overnight in Denpasar, Bali (the capital city) at the same hotel close to the airport we used on the prior trip to Bali before embarking the following day for the grocery shopping and the four to five hour harrowing drive to Sumbersari.

Our driver Butu, will arrive at the hotel at 10 am Friday to take us to the supermarket (the grocery list is already on the phone app) and then commence on the dreaded trafficked drive to the villa.

Salons, spas and nail studios are popular in Phuket.
For my comfort Butu will be bringing a pillow from the villa.  Also, he'll drive Egon's (the villa owner) comfortable newer air con van. These two facts help immensely.

Now as I speak into my laptop using speech recognition, Tom is watching the Minnesota Viking pre-season game in the living room using the NFL GamePass app with the HDMI cord.  He doesn't yell or make a peep when watching the game so I have no idea how its going.  He's always been a quiet observer, considering his propensity to lively conversation.

Yesterday, we both researched online to find him a replacement smart phone.  He'd considered a Kindle device but after reading many reviews, it didn't appear that any of the available models would be meet his criteria. 



This view although cloudy on many days always takes our breath away.
He didn't like the idea of the larger sized reader although insisted on having a good Wi-Fi connection on such a device.  After reading dozens of reviews we discovered that Kindle devices can be data hogs with lots of uploads transpiring in the background at all times in an attempt to get the user to buy, buy, buy. 

With the reality that at times we're paying for data (metered or on a SIM card using device) that made no sense at all.  A new smart phone was the best decision.  Also, he didn't want to add to our overall weight by purchasing a larger device.

Tom doesn't relish the idea of learning how to use new and different devices, software and operating systems.  For me, its the opposite.  I love new technology.  Based on this fact alone, it made sense for him to purchase the identical phone, Blu Win HD Lite; ideal for reading books, email, surfing the web and use as a factory unlocked cellphone. 

The elaborate sign at the entrance to the Muay Thai Kickboxing facility down the road from us.  Many nights we can hear the activity.
The price was under US $100, THB $3466 for the smart phone including tax with free shipping (to our mailing service), not bad for an unlocked phone when unlocked phones were close to US $1000, THB $34,660 when we first started traveling.

This item along with the many other items we described in yesterday's post will arrive with our shipment in Bali sometime in the next month. (We've yet to place the shipment request).

As its turns out we won't need another trip to the grocery store.  We have enough food on hand for tonight's, Tuesday's and Wednesday's meals.  The only outings necessary before Thursday's departure is a haircut for Tom and a quick trip to the pharmacy for a few items, both on tomorrow's agenda. 

We hope that whatever you tackle today brings you considerable pleasure, whether its reading a good book, watching a favorite TV series, preparing a great meal or out on an exciting adventure.
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Photo from one year ago today, August 29, 2015:
Seagull in flight in during our visit to the Great Barrier Reef.  For more photos, please click here.
 

Equipment failure...Shopping for upcoming shipment to Bali...


A variety shop along the highway.
Tom's smart phone died last night.  Not the battery but the phone itself.  Kaput. Today, I'll contact Microsoft for a possible fix but the message on the screen appears to indicate it's all over.  Its almost two years old and although he only uses it for reading, its been an important device for him.

We tried installing my good battery which didn't help and we were unable to bring up the home screen to reset the phone.  This occurred last night, after coincidentally, we ordered a new battery for it yesterday, thinking that's all it needed before it went belly-up. 


This is the Palm Breeze apartment rentals.  For prices and information, please click here considering that THB (Thai Baht) $1000 is equal to US $28.85.  To calculate various currency denominations, click here.
Once the error message appeared on the screen, long after placing the battery order and it had already been shipped, we decided a new phone may be on the agenda or, perhaps a Kindle Fire device which we'll order online.

The new battery will work in my phone so it won't be a total loss that we ordered it.  It will be good to have a backup battery we can keep charged for travel days and also so I don't run out of juice in the middle of the night when I'm online for hours when having trouble sleeping.

Restaurants are abundant serving popular local foods.
Over these past few weeks we've been in the process of ordering much needed supplies which we'll have shipped to us in Bali in the upcoming month.  We purchase most items using Amazon Prime with the link on our website receiving free shipping on most items sent to the US.

Our mailing service in Nevada receives all of the purchases, removes all the boxes and packing materials and ships everything to us in one big box.  We usually request a three day shipping option, receiving the package within a week even in even the most remote areas of the world. 

Many signs indicate rooms for rent. There are many affordable places to live in Phuket.  Many young travelers come here for water sports and adventure.
The cost of shipping is high, often hundreds of dollars but what can we do when none of the items we purchase can be found or shipped locally based on the countries we visit?

What do we buy that can't wait until we arrive in the US in nine months?  We include such items as: Crystal Light Ice Tea; water shoes and underwear for Tom; a special travel sized neck pillow for me; sleep tee shirts and two swimsuits for me; a few vitamins (probiotics and B6 for Tom for kidney stone prevention) and so on.  Today, we'll add the reading device for Tom to include in this upcoming shipment to Bali.

Certain days, the traffic is light on the highway and others its bumper to bumper.
Ordering supplies such as these are a reality of our lives of travel.  Beside the shipping costs, we'll have to "negotiate" with customs in Bali over how much we'll be required to pay in custom fees.  Generally, we've been able to keep these costs relatively low.

Our readers and family members occasionally send us links on how to "pack lighter."  We appreciate their good intentions.  But, traveling with literally every physical item we own, is an entirely different scenario than a traveler packing for a trip. 

A variety of businesses line the highway with many laundry services as shown on the right.
We need the third checked bag to contain items such as the above including all of our shoes (with only four pairs each), although clothing goes into our individual suitcases with electronics packed into Tom's laptop backpack. 

Surely, we'll have to toss some old clothes to make room for the new items which by the time we leave Bali won't be a problem.  Wearing the same items over and over does result in wear and tear, although we're often surprised on the durability of some of our tee shirts and shorts.

We continue to see family, friends and readers enjoying time at the Minnesota State Fair, posting photos on Facebook.  Thanks to everyone for sharing their photos.  We're happy to see you're having a good time at the "Great Minnesota Get Together!"  Tom didn't like the traffic.  I didn't eat the food. 

Have a fabulous last weekend in August!
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Photo from one year ago today, August 28, 2015:

At the Great Barrier Reef, this semi-submersible had seats for 20.  As shown, it was packed as tight as sardines, not good for those who may be claustrophobic. For more photos, please click here.
 
 

The prospect of a scary change in plans?...Five days and counting...Photos at a premium...


Chalong Bay in Phuket.
While living in most locations when we get low on photos its not a problem.  We jump in the rental car for a drive searching for interesting scenes to capture.  If we don't have a rental car and are using a driver, we get out often enough each week to get all the photos we need for the posts.

Now, down to five days until departure, with my ongoing recovery process and the less-than-stellar rental car, I've had little desire to get out to take photos.  With the blurry film on the windows it requires I get out of the low seat in the car to avoid taking photos through the glass which in itself in my current condition feels like an athletic event.

If you've ever owned or gone for a ride in a Corvette, it kind of feels like the same thing...not necessary the right vehicle for getting it and out of when suffering from a spinal condition.  Under normal circumstances, this would be less of a challenge.

Its not as if I can't get in and out of the less-than-stellar rental car.  Its that I don't want to re-injure myself subsequently staring the healing process all over again.

Boats stored at the shore as opposed to a marina.
Only days away from a full three months of recovering, I've only spent half of this period over these past almost six weeks in Phuket actually "working on" getting better, I've finally begun to turn the corner.  

On many occasions over these past weeks, I'd mentioned improvement in our posts although it was in such small increments it was barely noticeable.  Frustration easily set in when I'd awaken each day only to find the pain was basically still the same.

A few times, as recently as in the past two weeks, we considered a visit to a hospital. After reading many negative online reviews about local medical care, we decided against it.  Instead, we made a plan that if I didn't improve close to our scheduled time to leave Phuket, we might head directly to Sydney and drop out of our airfare and booking for Bali. 

As we seriously considered such a plan we had to accept the reality that we'd lose rent for the two month booking in Bali (on such short notice) and also the non-refundable airfare.  This change would ultimately cost us thousands of dollars.  Tom, as worried as he's been about me, never flinched over this prospect while I cringed over the prospect.

Yard of a house in the neighborhood with motorbikes and clothes drying on a line.
As soon as this possibility came to light, I decided I had to do something different to escalate the healing process to ensure we could continue with our future plans. 

I began reading volumes of books on the topic of healing compression fractures, speeding recovery for back, neck and spinal injuries and came to a few new conclusions:

1.  Started a light exercise program...very light and gentle following recommendations in a great book I read.
2.  Changed the pillow I was sleeping on from flat to slightly fuller, creating an indentation for my head.
3.  Changed from using mostly ice to using mostly heat on and off throughout the day and evening. (Using a microwaveable gel pack).  At bedtime I positioned an ice pack close to my spine using a rolled towel to hold it in place while lying on my side.
4.  Have Tom massage pressure points on my back twice a day.
5.  Only lie down for 10 minutes at a time instead of longer periods during the day.  Spend more time standing and walking around the house.
6.  No bending at all, which seems to be the most harmful at this point.
7.  Sleep with a medium sized pillow between evenly placed bent legs, again lying on my side.
8.  Focus on having perfect posture when walking and sitting.
9.  Using the speech recognition software for better ergonomics when typing.

With only five days until departure I can definitely say I've improved by no less than 75% in these past weeks, no longer feeling as if we must change our plans to get me to a major accredited hospital.

Oh, maybe it was "safari luck" and the implementation of the above changes or a combination of both.  That's the thing about medical care, when one begins implementing multiple modalities, its difficult to determine which measures most contributed to the improvement.

The mix of the old and the new is commonly found in Phuket.
I'll continue with all of the above even after we arrive in Bali.  With no required cooking, cleaning , laundry or tidying necessary with the daily household staff, I'll spend more time focusing on continuing to improve on this remaining 25%.

By far, these past three months have been the most challenging since we began our travels on October 31, 2012.  Surely many of our readers can look back over the past four years to recall periods of time when life wasn't exactly as you might have liked it to be.

Tom comments about how I overall maintained a good attitude through this. Each day I've struggled to stay optimistic. I was scared to death, to be honest, scared our travels were over, scared our lives would have to change to accommodate my limited range of motion, my ability to walk long distances and my overall interest in getting out.

Yesterday, I packed my single clothing suitcase which in doing so gave me hope, leaving out clothing for the next few days.  I sat on the bed folding everything and then standing straight I placed them into my open bag which is situated on a tall luggage rack.  The rest will be easy. 

This simple act added to my optimism removing a sense of dread I had about packing.  Tom would happily have packed for me but I needed to know I could do it.

Many homes are raised above ground in the event of flooding.
As we continue over these next few days, we apologize for the lack of interesting photos.  Its the way it is for now.  And, once we arrive in Bali, we may be posting similar photos to those we'd taken during our last stay, although all photos we'll share in future posts will be new. 

Halfway through our second round in Bali we plan to stay in a hotel in Lovina for five days to complete the every-other-day-three-step required visa extension process.  During that mini vacation/holiday, we'll explore taking many photos we'll excitedly share in posts to come. 

Once we leave Bali at the end of October for the 33 night cruise to circumvent Australia, we'll have many months of exciting cruises and tours, along with the stay in Tasmania at two separate locations for six weeks each and a 40 night stay in the exquisite city of Sydney.

So, loyal readers...on we go to continue in our world travels with a renewed hope for the future, as always striving for good health as we share all of our steps along the way.

Have a healthful, productive day!
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Photo from one year ago today, August 27, 2015:
The colorful views around us was only a small section of the Great Barrier Reef which we visited by boat one year ago today.  For more photos, please click here.