Today's our 5 year anniversary of traveling the world...Anniversary photos and memories....

Today, October 31, 2017, on our five year anniversary of traveling the world, taken on the veranda at the villa in Atenas Costa Rica.
It felt great to be back in Atenas to the lovely villa, especially today as we celebrate our five year anniversary of traveling the world.  With a blissfully sunny day upon us and most assuredly pool time after we're done posting, it will be yet another day to celebrate life.
When we arrived at The Sands at Nomad Resort in October 2013 to celebrate our one year anniversary of traveling the world.  Here's the link.  We didn't take a photo of us on our two year anniversary.  We'll do better going forward.  But, here's the link for the day of our second anniversary.
A special homemade dinner is planned for this evening with plenty of chatter over memories we've made during these past five years.   Since we weren't planning on going out today, we've added the above photo taken this morning from the veranda overlooking the Alajuela Valley.  It took a few tries using the tripod and timer to get the photo right but we finally got it done.

As for our weekend to Managua Nicaragua, we were reminded that there's so much commotion associated with short trips.  Whether it's taxi rides to and from airports,  waiting in long lines to check in, (no curbside in most countries), waiting to check in with immigration, filling out entry and exit forms, or standing in the slow queue on the plane to get to our seats to store our carry on,  it all is time consuming.
We celebrated our three year anniversary in Fiji at Namale Resort & Spa with a tour and lunch at the world-renowned resort. See this link for details.
For these reasons and more, long ago, we decided to enhance our experiences by staying for longer periods in most countries when our schedule allows it.  Had we been the types of travelers to constantly be on the move,  we'd never have lasted five years.

So,  today on our five year anniversary of traveling the world we celebrate our early decisions along with the criteria we established (Please click here for our criteria, Part 1 and Part 2 here) well before we had the experience to know what we were doing.
This photo was actually taken on October 31, 2016, when it was October 30th in the US when we were about to board Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Sea for the back-to-back 33-night cruise.  See this link for details.
We celebrate the places we've been, the people we've met and the commitment and passion we've easily maintained for wildlife and nature.   We've appreciated the sights and sounds of the big cities we've visited along the way.   But, our hearts remain entrenched in the country, in the valley, in the mountains, on the rugged savannahs and of course, by the sea.

These choices have kept us closer to that which we love...the gifts bestowed upon us humans by our creator, not as much as those created by humans.  No doubt, we applaud the skill and expertise of our forebearers in creating the magnificent structures, art, and historical treasures.

In 28 days we'll do a full transit of the Panama Canal, an amazing feat of human labor and ingenuity.  How can we not appreciate this, even though it's our second transit in these past five years when on our first cruise in January 2013?  We're certain we'll be as in awe this second time as we were the first, now that the new larger canal has been completed.
As we made our way through the long walk to Petra to finally see the Treasury, which was a life-changing experience.
Throughout the world, we've reveled in historic buildings, churches, and museums.   But, for those of you have followed along with us all these years, nothing in our hearts and minds can compare to nature and wildlife.

The heart-pounding thrill of witnessing a rhino in the wild with oxpeckers on his head pecking at insects or as of late, a single bird in flight alighting in a nearby tree to sing a song like none other we've heard in the past, is magical to us.
Oxpeckers on the head of a rhino in the Masai Mara Kenya.  This shot made us squeal with delight.
And yes, I cried big tears of pure joy when we arrived at the Treasury in Petra Jordan but even bigger tears when we spotted our first lion drinking water in the Masai Mara (as shown in the photo below) or our first visitor when we arrived in Marloth Park.

We've had our ups and downs; illness, injury, visa issues, booking errors, power outages and dangerous drives on scary roads.  We've lived close to terroristic attacks, experienced earthquakes, hurricanes and storms like none other in our past lives.

Through it all, we continued to strive to maintain an upbeat attitude while growing our abilities to adapt and conform to a life on the move, living in countries with beliefs and morays so different from our own, making every effort to blend in and never appear to be the "ugly American."
How did we get so close, so lucky to get this shot?  We ended up calling it "safari luck" when we saw the Big Five in the first 10 hours on safari.  We both felt as if we were dreaming!
It hasn't always been easy.  It hasn't always been exciting and adventuresome.  But, each day in its own way has been special when we stopped what we're doing at the moment, look into each other's eyes and say, "Is this really our lives?  How did we get so lucky?"

We continue to be grateful and humbled by the world around us; by the opportunity presented to us as a result of years of hard work in order to make this possible; for experiencing this adventure together; and ultimately, sharing it with all of YOU.
Happy day to all!
Photo from one year ago today, October 31, 2016:
View of the Sydney Opera House as the ship sailed away.  For more details, please click here.

Dining in Nicaragua...Returning to Costa Rica this morning...Final expenses for the weekend in Managua...

Tom slathered this entire warm Italian loaf with garlic butter, savoring every last bite. 
When we decided to fly to Managua as opposed to the long drive through the rain soaked countryside, we planned to stay only two nights.  Having our passports stamped in another country, allowing us to re-enter Costa Rica for our additional 23 nights, with the low cost of airfare and unused credit toward "free hotel nights," it made sense to fly in and out.

The round trip airfare with Avianca for both of us was US $308.12 and we paid only a little over US $199  (CRC 113,285) for both nights using our accumulated credits with on our site.  The usual rate for this hotel is US $200 (CRC 113,854) a night.  Thus, we saved about US $200 (CRC 113,854).

We were served two of these meat filled pockets as a complimentary item for our dinner.  In a puff pastry, Tom ate both of them.

It was still a somewhat pricey weekend but a lot less than we'd have spent staying in Fort Lauderdale Florida for the remaining 23 nights or in paying for an actual visa extension which is costly and time-consuming.

Here are the total expenses for the two nights including all costs:
 Expense   US Dollar   Costa Rica Colones 
 Hotel - 2 nights    $                     199.84
 Flight - Round trip   $                     308.12
 Taxi  $                        50.00
 Dining in Restaurants   $                     105.00
 Miscellaneous   $                        22.00
 Tips   $                        25.00
 Total   $                     709.96
 Avg Daily Cost    $                     354.88

As much as we'd prefer cost not to be a factor in our travels, it's a reality we must diligently monitor.  Without transportation over the weekend and the high costs of tours, we were left to our own devices for photo ops and entertainment. For us, this is easy to do.

The meat filling inside the beef pocket.
As mentioned in many prior posts, the recent outlay of cash for several upcoming events sent us into a state of diligent and frugal spending.  We're watching every last penny. 

Once we arrive and get settled in South Africa, we'll be able to begin to replenish the coffers.  While there, we'll be able to save for the big adventures we're planning while living on the African continent. 

Tom's rib eye steak was done to perfection, tender and delicious.
No tours in Costa Rica or Nicaragua could quite match our objectives at this time.  No offense to either country both of which are rife with gorgeous scenery and wildlife.  Its no wonder we're wrapped up in the birds visiting the villa.  There's no extra cost to take photos of the fascinating creatures.

In 55 days,  we'll be spending a month in Buenos Aires Argentina living in a hotel and dining out for dinner each night (breakfast is included at the hotel we've already booked).  There again, budgetary concerns prevail. 

I should have taken the photo after I cut into this ultra rare tenderloin.  It was the most rare steak I'd ever eaten.
Fortunately, we'll be in a good neighborhood in Buenos Aires with access to public transportation which should allow us to get out on our own without paying for pricey tours.  We've spotted many venues appealing to our tastes.

Speaking of tastes...Saturday night's dinner at the hotel's highly rated restaurant Factory Steak and Lobster was good but not great.  The language barrier made ordering my special items cumbersome.  Luckily, I've learned enough Spanish to be able to get the basics handled.

My grilled vegetables included aubergine (eggplant) zucchini and tomato.
My best option was to order the tenderloin with a salad (sour cream on the side) and a small side dish of grilled vegetables.  I always order steak rare but in this case, it was too rare.  Gordon Ramsey would have yelled, "My God, it's still moving!"  Trying to explain how much more to cook it, was seeming to be impossible.

As a result, I probably ate 60% of it.  It was tender and tasty but not quite right. There was no point in taking a "doggy bag."  Not only was there no doggy but with the complimentary buffet breakfast the next morning, it made no sense.  I don't snack during the day.  Still full in the morning, I had a smallish breakfast of veggies, cheese and smoked salmon.

Saturday night, Tom ordered a rib-eye which was cooked properly and was tender and juicy with a good flavor.  He ate an entire loaf of bread as shown in the photo.  He hadn't had a bite of bread in many months. I kept my mouth shut as he enjoyed the bread along with his mashed potatoes and gravy.

On Saturday night, after dinner we wandered through the pool area.
We'd hoped to get out to another restaurant last night after walking around the neighborhood and checking menus there we no options for me.   With rave reviews on the food at The Market Restaurant in the hotel and the need to get up at 5:00 am today, we decided to stay in for what proved to be a pleasant meal suitable for my way of eating. 

After dinner we lounged in our room watching a TV show we haven't had available since 2015 when we lived on the island of Viti Levu in Fiji...Nat Geo Wild.  Watching those series leaves us reeling with excitement over "where we've been and what we've seen" and, "what is yet to come."  Astounding!
Dessert options after dinner.  We didn't partake.  But "food voyeur" that I am, it was fun just looking at them.
Today, as you read this post, most likely we'll already be back in Costa Rica.  Our plane lands at 10:00 am and with the taxi ride, we should be back at the villa between 11:00 and 11:30 providing there are no flight delays as we experienced when we arrived in Nicaragua.

Tomorrow we'll be back with more photos from our short weekend away, excited to share our enthusiasm on the actual date of our five-year anniversary of traveling the world.  We'll be posting past celebratory events as we observed each passing year. Please stop by and celebrate with us!

 Photo from one year ago today, October 30, 2016:
Seeing that the ship had arrived at the port in Sydney was always exciting for us.  One year ago today it was October 30th in the USA and our 4th travel anniversary.  However it was October 31st in Australia due to the International Dateline. This was our 15th and 16th cruises, back-to-back, considered to be two separate cruises.  For more photos please click here.

Managua Nicaragua...New to us and yet familiar in many ways....

Fruit for sale atop this woman's head.
The Avianca (LACSA) flight, with a late take-off, on a 68 passenger prop plane from San Jose Costa Rica to Managua Nicaragua was relatively pleasant and uneventful. They even served sandwiches. during the short flight. Tom ate mine as well as his own. 
There was one short flight of steps to enter the 68 passenger propr plane.
Having left the villa at 8:00 am for a one hour flight, we didn't arrive at the hotel in Managua until almost 3:00 pm.  The long taxi rides on either end, the waiting time at the airport, the bus ride from the terminal to the plane all added to the delays along with the wait to board the plane up the narrow steep steps, contributing to the added time.
The plane appeared to be fairly new with a different style of propellers than we'd previously seen.
Once arriving at the hotel, Real Inter-Continental Managua at Metrocentre Mall, with a slow check-in process, we entered our room at 3:45.  I unpacked our duffel bag while Tom dozed for a few Minutes.  At 4:30 we wandered about the hotel checking out the various restaurants, two of which are highly rated on TripAdvisor.
Upon entering the Managua Airport we noticed a nurse taking entering passenger's temperature with this device.  Many were asked to stop for the test, but we weren't.
It was already getting dark and too late to embark on a sightseeing trip.  We showered and dressed for dinner.  By 7:00 pm, we wandered down to the main restaurant for dinner, The Factory Steak and Lobster.
Roasted chickens for sale.
Tom had decided not to order a cocktail and of course, I'm totally alcohol-free most likely permanently due to this outrageous gastrointestinal thing.  It was after the 33-night cruise when I'd consumed two glasses of wine at "free happy hour" that the symptoms exacerbated, making me terrified of drinking any alcohol anytime in the near future. 

I miss the red wine and always will.  Giving that up is harder than giving up bread or pastries.  I liked that little warming buzz from the wine but I was never one to get up and dance on the tables, although at times I may have contemplated it when a great disco song was playing in the background.  Oh, well. 
More roasted chickens for sale along the road.
Life is filled with sacrifices and challenges.  Unfortunately, mine seem to center around food and drink, both of which I've always found rather pleasurable. Over these past years of avoiding food and drink it seems my other senses have become more highly tuned and appreciative of my surroundings.
La Perfecta milk processing plant.
This was particularly evident on the long taxi drive from the Augusto C. Sandino International Airport in Managua to the hotel.  My eyes darted back and forth across the busy streets filled with traffic noise, people, vendors, shops and barnyard animals. 
Many vendors approach vehicles offering their wares for sale.  This guy was selling portable seats.
It reminded me of the day we arrived in Mombasa Kenya on September 3, 2013 (here's the link to that day and our photos) when we both were in awe of the sights, smells and sounds as we drove through the village.  I was literally feeling the rush of endorphins pumping through my body with sheer excitement over the cultural scenes which lie before our eyes. 
Buses are packed with locals and expats.
Yesterday, we felt similar sensations when we found the streets of Managua aren't entirely different from those we witnessed in Kenya so long ago.  (Oh, the joy of being able to easily search our archives to find a past post reminding us of profound past experiences.  This has added so much joy to our lives, especially knowing we've been able to share it with all of you.  Wow!)
A huge bull on his way to...
Now, as we sit in the lobby of the hotel preparing today's post, the decent complimentary breakfast behind us, we're sharing some of the photos we took on our short journey.  In 24 hours we'll be back in Costa Rica when our flight arrives around 10:00 am, the only flight available that worked for us.

We aren't left with much time for touring but plan to take off soon to check out the area and take more photos which we'll continue to share over the next several days.

Trash on the sidewalk.
These two days will have gone by in the blink of an eye.  But, as always, we're reveling in each other's companionship and our new surroundings.  In a funny way, I'm looking forward to returning to the villa. Upon entering, most likely we'll look at each other and say, "Gee, honey, it's good to be "home."

We hope you have a good day at home wherever that may be.


Photo from one year ago today, October 29, 2016:
One year ago, we were sentimental about leaving Bali. We're grateful for the wonderful experience.  For the story of our final day in Bali, please click here.

Off we go...Managua Nicaragua, here we come!

Exterior photo of the hotel, the Real InterContinental Managua at Metrocentro Mall, where we'll stay for two nights, arriving today and departing on Monday.
We've arrived at the Costa Rica's San Jose Santamaria International Airport (SJO).  We have our boarding passes in hand with a relatively easy transition through immigration and security.  With no bags to check the check-in process is simple. 

In most countries checking in online 24 hours in advance and printing a boarding pass is pointless.  We gave up doing so long ago.  Since we usually have bags to check, we receive boarding passes at the same time as we check the bags after only presenting our passports.  No one ever asks us for printed proof of our tickets.

We've located our gate at the end of the long terminal.  At the moment, we're seated in a cafe a short distance from the gate.  Tom didn't order anything and I'm sipping on a Chamomile tea.

The airport in Costa Rica is quite nice with good signage in both Spanish and English.  The transition was smooth.  By the way, the taxi fare from the villa was US $32 (CRC 18,217) with a tip.  The taxi driver avoided the toll road and we arrived in about 35 minutes from Atenas.

In our old lives, the only time we knew much about Managua Nicaragua was the frequent mention of the city over and over again in the news in 1986 in regard to the Iran Contra affair.  We won't get into that here but here's a tidbit of information about the capital city:

"Managua, on the south shore of Lake Managua, is the capital city of Nicaragua. Its cathedral, a shell since a 1972 earthquake, is on the Plaza of the Revolution. Nearby is the tomb of Sandinista leader Carlos Fonseca. The 1935 National Palace of Culture houses the National Museum. Hilltop Parque Histórico Nacional Loma de Tiscapa is known for its crater lake and a huge statue of revolutionary Augusto Sandino.

Area210 mi²

Weather79°F (26°C), Wind SE at 5 mph (8 km/h), 84% Humidity

Local timeFriday 9:36 AM

Population2.206 million (2015)

We're looking forward to the hotel we selected Real InterContinental Managua at Metrocentro Mall, one of the best in the city which may be found at this link at on our site.  Of course, we'll take photos of the hotel, restaurants, meals and the places we visit while in Nicaragua. 
Most likely tonight, we'll celebrate our anniversary at the hotel's highly rated five-star restaurant, Factory Steak and Lobster.  Although a bit pricey, it's for a special occasion well deserving a special evening. 

Besides, dining in the hotel's famous restaurant might ensure an avoidance of foods I can't typically eat found in Central American restaurants, delicious, I'm sure, but made with grains, sugar, and starchy ingredients. 

I won't have any trouble ordering a juicy steak (rare, please) and a lobster tail with gobs of butter, a vegetable and a salad.  We're both looking forward to the meal, to say the least.  I tried making a dinner reservation from Costa Rica to no avail but once we arrive, we'll take care of it right away.

You can be assured we'll be returning with many new photos and descriptions of our mini vacation in Managua Nicaragua (with the intent of getting our passports stamped allowing us to stay in Costa Rica the remaining three-plus weeks and to celebrate our 5-year world travel anniversary).

Have a lovely weekend.  We'll be back soon!

Photo from one year ago today, October 28, 2016:

The hotel chef at the Hilton Garden Inn Ngurah Airport in Denpasar Bali made a special spicy sauce to go with my chicken skewers. It was delicious!  For more photos, please click here.

Preparing for the weekend...More complicated than usual...

A house built on the mountainous road.
"Sightings from the Veranda in Costa Rica"
Hoffman's Woodpeckers often stop by for nectar from the African Tulip Tree and to sing.  Other birds are flying in the background.
Over the past few days, I've spent more time contemplating what to bring for the two nights in Nicaragua than I spend while packing to leave a location.  In those cases, of which there are many, it's relatively easy to pack.  We simply include everything we own and voila!...we're packed.

In this case, I've had to pick and choose clothes for daytime and evenings.  In this case, I know I'm packing way more than I'll need attempting to make it fit into my half of the black duffel bag.  With only the duffel bag and the computer backpack, we won't require checked baggage.  The flight is about one hour and hopefully, check-in will be easy. 
Typical road in Costa Rica, without a shoulder.
At this point, we're glad we didn't plan to get our passports stamped by driving back and forth to Panama or Nicaragua.  Many roads are blocked due to landslides as it continues to rain in buckets almost every day.  That type of road trip would not have been easy or enjoyable.

Although its more costly to travel outside the country with the cost of the round-trip flight, hotel, and meals the ease and convenience are often highly instrumental in our decision making.  That's not to say going to the airport is convenient but in this case, with the bad weather, it may have been the best course of action.
More topiary in Zarcera.
As of this morning, I'm totally packed and ready to go.  With Isabel here cleaning today, I wanted to get it done and out of the way.  Tom has yet to pack and will do so after she cleans the bedroom.

Last night, during a major storm we had a power surge while watching a show in the screening room.  A sudden pop and flash startled us as the lights and the TV went off in that room only. 
Cloudy day view from the hills.
Luckily, we were using surge protectors for our laptops and they're fine.  We moved to the living room to finish the show we'd been watching on Netflix and notified Aad and Marian this morning as to the electrical issue.  Julio should be here within a few hours to make the repairs.  

The attention to detail and quality service we've received while living in La Perla de Atenas has been exceptional.  We need only mention an issue, big or small and in no time at all, it's resolved.

One could easily assume that the laid-back lifestyle in Costa Rica might result in days of waiting for power outages to resolve or repairs to be made.  But, that hasn't been our experience in Costa Rica.  In the three outages occurring since our arrival, the longest wait was 10 hours with the others resolved within six hours.
Rapids flowing after all the rain.
As we wind down the time in Costa Rica, we realize how quickly it will go once we return from Nicaragua.  We'll celebrate our fifth-year of traveling the world anniversary on October 31st and then, 22 days later we'll on our way to Florida for the lengthy cruise.  

Today, it's cloudy and cool after last night's monstrous storm.  We have great leftovers for dinner which we'd planned in order to avoid a busy cooking day while Isabel is here cleaning for almost eight hours.  These past three months, we've made a point of having leftovers on the days she's here allowing us to stay out of her way.

Have an excellent day!

Photo from one year ago today, October 27, 2016:
We'd left the villa in Sumbersari six days earlier than planned due to the poor Wi-Fi signal preventing us from posting. We then spent six nights at the Hilton Garden Inn Ngurah Airport and yet, never used this pool.   For more photos, please click here.

Part 2...Contemplating our lives in the water...On the water...How many nights have we been at sea?

Great Green Macaw.
"Sightings from the Veranda in Costa Rica"
Thanks Atenas neighbor Charlie for identifying these birds as the Gray-headed Chachalaca. They visit in flocks every few days but are difficult to photograph when they're constantly on the move and hidden in trees.
In yesterday's post, we discussed the number of cruises we've sailed over these past five years, a total of 19.  With the upcoming back-to-back (two cruises) by the end of 2017, we'll total 21 cruises. 

In all, not counting future cruises, we've been a passenger on a ship for a total of 244 nights which accounts for 13% of our time from October 31, 2012, to October 31, 2017 (1826 nights from start to our five-year anniversary of world travel). 
A pair of Harlequin Macaws.
On Tom's Cruise Critic website listing 18 cruises are listed since the site doesn't include river cruises, of which we've completed one, in July 2016, on the Mekong River. 

Many of those nights counted as "time at sea" weren't all "at sea" when us 58 passengers  (of a possible 60) were on buses and tours in Vietnam and Cambodia.  Many river cruises spend fewer nights on the water when docking at ports of call may transpire over several nights.  None the less, we count the Mekong River cruise in our totals.
Our dear friend Louise in Kauai Hawaii wrote to tell us this is a Fiery-billed Aracari. What am amazing bird!  Thanks, Louise!
When we sail on Ponant's Le Soleil in January for the Antarctica cruise, it also won't appear in Cruise Critic's count of the number of cruises we've been on.  The system used to list cruises in Cruise Critic only accommodates the major cruise lines.

For more details on the exceptional cruise, please click our link here and the following links listed in our archives when we posted photos and stories over a period of weeks with details of the 15-night "cruise" from start to finish.
An Owl on the lookout.
The remainder of our cruises were on huge ships with a few different cruise lines to include:  Carnival, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity.  After these experiences, we've settled on Royal Caribbean and Celebrity as our favorites, with RC having a bit of an edge with perks provided to its Crown and Anchor members of which we are classified as "Diamond."

On Celebrity, we're Elite Captain's Club members.  These designations are totally predicated on the number of nights at sea and specifications as to cabin selections, not the number of actual cruises.  More on this topic when we're on our next cruise and we discover any changes in perks since our last Celebrity cruise to Alaska in May 2017.
A pair of Green Parrots.
At this point, although we're enjoying every day in Costa Rica, we're chomping at the bit to board the upcoming 30-night South America cruise on Celebrity Infinity which begins  28 days from today. 
A Harlequin Macaw.
We've never sailed on this particular ship with a passenger load of 2170 with a crew of 999, a perfect size for easy socializing, attending various events and venues and in providing the best service.

If you'd like to view information about our "listed on Cruise Critic" 18 cruises in the past five years, please click here.  Here is an example of what you'll see when you click on the link:

Past Cruises
May 17th, 2017
Celebrity Solstice - Celebrity Cruises
Alaska - All
Celebrity Solstice
Ports of Call: Vancouver, British Columbia;  Ketchikan, Alaska;  Juneau, Alaska;  Skagway, Alaska;  Hubbard Glacier, Alaska;  Sitka, Alaska;  Victoria, British Columbia;  Seattle, Washington;           
April 22nd, 2017
Explorer of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International
Explorer of the Seas
Ports of Call: Sydney, Australia;  Isle of Pines, New Caledonia;  Noumea, New Caledonia;  Mystery Island, Vanuatu;  Suva, Vita Levu;  Kailua Kona, Hawaii;  Lahaina, Hawaii;  Honolulu, Hawaii;  Seattle, Washington;  
March 1st, 2017
Celebrity Solstice - Celebrity Cruises
South Pacific - All
Celebrity Solstice
Ports of Call: Sydney, Australia;  Noumea, New Caledonia;  Lifou, New Caledonia;  Mystery Island, Vanuatu;  Suva, Vita Levu;  Lautoka, Fiji;  

At this link, you'll also be able to see details of all of our past and future cruises (except upcoming Ponant).  Hopefully, this information will provide a little insight to those have yet to cruise and may be considering the possibility or, for those that have cruised and enjoy seeing what others have done.

We've found that reading about the experiences of others at Cruise Critic has been helpful for us in many ways including the get-togethers suggested by members for upcoming cruises where we've had an opportunity to meet other passengers we've seen posted at the site online.
Scarlett Macaw.
Tom is definitely the Cruise Critic enthusiast.  I'm but a lurker occasionally stopping by out of curiosity to read passenger's comments on past and future cruises. 

That's it for today, folks.  In a mere two days, we'll be on our way to Nicaragua returning on October 30th with lots of new photos to share with all of you.

Have a lovely day! 

Photo from one year ago today, October 26, 2016:

Pretty statue near the hotel pool at the Hilton Garden Inn in Denpasar near the airport where we stayed prior to leaving Bali.  For more details, please click here.