Patience is a virtue...Watching football and debate with a not-so-hot signal...Tracking a package halfway round the world...

She said, "What are you looking at?"  "Your beauty and charm," we replied.  She smiled and we continued on our way.
"Sightings on the Beach in Bali"
Coal barge pulled by a tugboat.
If a traveler was content to read and send email and check out a few local tours, restaurants and attractions, the Wi-Fi signal in this distant area of Bali would be sufficient.  For most travelers with the intent of escaping the digital world to some degree while on holiday/vacation, this would be fine.

A pig we hadn't seen on prior walks.
For us, with our intense use of Wi-Fi including streaming shows at night or as in the case yesterday's Minnesota Vikings Football game and the second presidential debate, it was hit and miss.

Patience truly is a virtue when it come to waiting for the signal to recover when mid-game, mid-debate we lost the connection on multiple occasions.  In our old lives, Tom would have thrown his hands up in the air in utter frustration refusing to wait, instead turning the whole thing off.  Now, he waits patiently.

Steamy body of water found on a walk.
In this life, patience becomes a necessary element of who we are especially when dealing with "island time" which is a reality of daily life in many parts of the world.  It was only in the US and busy cities throughout the world that we've experienced a constant sense of urgency.

"I want it now!" is the mantra of many customers waiting for their coffee at the local barista or waiting at the supermarket to check out as their darting eyes peruse every line wondering which is shortest or fastest with the least number of items in the trolleys.  Rush, rush, rush.

We continued beyond this building to the path on the left.
Not so for this life as we know it.  In most of the quiet areas in which we've lived over these past years, there no sense of urgency.  Power off?  No big deal.  It will come back on soon.  Wi-Fi slow or not working?  Find something else to do until it improves.

Chaise lounges aren't ready by 8 am?  No need to mention.  Wait patiently until they're done.  Dinner ready too early or a bit late?  No matter.  We're fine either way.

Waiting for an hour for an immigration check in at the airport?  Nothing can be done.  Wait. Patience prevails.  Spending several hours waiting to board the ship in Vancouver while multiple cruise ships and passengers were backed up at the busy port?  Read a book or play a game on our phones.  No point whinging or complaining.


A narrow path we explored.
This same goes for the recent package of supplies we're awaiting from the US.  Yep, we sent it "priority express" by the US Postal Service (the only means available to this remote location), paying a premium price for this expedited shipment at US $185, IDR 2,400,930. 

Today is the sixth day since the package was picked up at our mailing service in Nevada, USA.  Here's the route so far (most recent is at the top):


Date & Time
Status of Item
Location
October 9, 2016 , 10:02 am
Customs Clearance
INDONESIA

Your item is being processed by customs in INDONESIA at 10:02 am on October 9, 2016.
October 9, 2016 , 9:32 am
Customs Clearance
INDONESIA
October 9, 2016 , 9:32 am
Processed Through Facility
INDONESIA
October 8, 2016 , 4:00 pm
Departed
JAKARTA, INDONESIA
October 8, 2016 , 10:35 am
Departed
TOKYO, JAPAN
October 8, 2016 , 7:27 am
Departed
TOKYO, JAPAN
October 7, 2016 , 12:54 am
Departed
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES
October 6, 2016 , 6:38 pm
Arrived
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES
October 5, 2016 , 6:43 pm
Processed Through Facility
ISC LOS ANGELES CA (USPS) 
October 5, 2016 , 6:43 pm
Arrived at Facility
ISC LOS ANGELES CA (USPS) 
October 5, 2016 , 5:25 pm
Departed USPS Facility
LOS ANGELES, CA 90009 
October 5, 2016 , 3:53 pm
Arrived at USPS Facility
LOS ANGELES, CA 90009 
October 5, 2016 , 4:53 am
Departed USPS Facility
LAS VEGAS, NV 89199 
October 4, 2016 , 10:02 pm
Arrived at USPS Origin Facility
LAS VEGAS, NV 89199 
October 4, 2016 , 9:24 pm
Arrived at USPS Origin Facility
LAS VEGAS, NV 89120 
October 4, 2016 , 2:37 pm
Picked Up
LAS VEGAS, NV 89107 


A few white chickens.
Tom gets a kick out following package tracking for our average two shipments a year.  Today is the 11th in Indonesia although the one day time difference between the US and Indonesia isn't illustrated in this tracking process.  

Now the package sits in customs as the officials determine how much tax we'll be required to pay at the post office when it finally arrives in Melaya Beach, a 10 minute drive from the villa .  We'll see how that rolls out.

A mosque along the highway.
In many ways, living this life of world travel makes us a captive audience.  We don't always have the opportunity to choose "when" and "how" situations transpire.  We can only choose to be patient, tolerant and accepting.

Somehow yesterday, we managed to watch the entire football game and the second presidential debate streamed from our laptops to the TV.  Both were broadcast at the same time so we watched the football game first (go, Vikings!)  and found a replay of the debate to stream after the game ended.  It all worked out well.

After many days of rain, once again, we're outside on a clear sunny day.  The humidity is lower than usual along with the temperature.  The flies, after days of rain are plentiful.  We're content, grateful and delightfully enjoying our remaining 18 days at the villa until once again, its time to go.

May you be content and grateful on this day and always.
_________________________________________

Photo from one year ago today, October 11, 2015:
A glimpse of loveliness, flowers growing under the deck in Fiji.  For more photos,
please click here.
 

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