|What a pleasant environment for cattle, lush green pastures and plenty of shade located on a oceanfront property.|
"Sightings on the Beach in Bali"
With no English speaking TV stations in Bali, the only way we've been able to stay on top of world news has been through the Internet. With the slow Wi-Fi in the area its been challenging but we've managed to read the major news each day.
Reading about yesterday's multiple attacks in the US was sickening and disheartening; one in New York; another in New Jersey and a third transpiring in a mall 70 miles from where we'd previously lived. It makes one wonder if its safe to shop at malls when so many terroristic attacks transpire within their walls.
|These cattle appear to be a little fatter in Bali than we've seen in many less developed countries.|
This morning, while researching online for information about terroristic attacks in Bali to date in 2016, we were shocked to see their was new bomb blast a few nights ago, in two areas in Bali, one at a resort in Kuta, the town where we’ve stayed overnight in a hotel on two previous occasions with one more booking upcoming on October 29th before flying to Sydney. The second attack was in Jimbaran Beach, south of Kuta.
See this news story here:
Of course, this gives us pause. But then again, how do we feel about visiting a mall in Minnesota next summer where we’ve planned to go to purchase new clothing to replace the old and fast wearing clothing we have with us now.
|The small town's business sections are jammed with temples, mosques, restaurants and shops.|
I won’t go into details about these attacks. We have no doubt, if you watch any local or world news, you’ve seen the stories repeated over and over again. We find being informed is so important but being frightened only serves a purpose in avoiding the most high risk areas when possible.
|We've crossed many river bridges such as shown here.|
We wonder if any of us should temper the quality of our lives by becoming quasi-hermits, avoiding all high risk locations. Its entirely unrealistic, even for us, where we ultimately have considerable control over where we go and what we do.
|Although beaches are often cluttered with debris, the scenes are still pretty. We never tire of looking at the blue waters.|
Who’s to determine what is a high risk area? All the research in the world can’t cover the possible discovery of new locations where horrific incidents continually occur, unanticipated and often considered unlikely.
|Private oceanfront property, an excellent lot.|
One could live on a remote island in one of the most remote areas of the world and still not be entirely safe. A crazed and unstable individual with any type of weapon could attack the unsuspecting, the unprepared and the poorly defensive, ill equipped to defend themselves and those they love.
|There are a few parks scattered along the ocean drive.|
No, an 80 year old with knee problems shouldn’t climb a ladder to change a light bulb. Nor should an 65 year old retiree start riding a motorbike in Bali on the harrowing roads when they’ve never done so in the past.
|Numerous mosques and temples are easy to access on the highway from Denspasar.|
Stay safe, living life to the fullest.
Photo from one year ago today, September 19, 2015:
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