A Sunday Afternoon in the ByWard Market (Ottawa)

A Sunday Afternoon in the ByWard Market (Ottawa)

So much to do & see in Bali

Life is full of wonder here, and I wish I could share all our experiences with you, but unfortunately, the internet connection is lacking; not really more so than in other Southeast asian countries, but lacking nonetheless and since we are rarely in WiFi supported cafes, updates will unfortunately be few and far between compared to my regular post schedule. And unfortunately, same is true for pics although I seem to be able to download them more easily than accessing this site.

In Bali, I am torn between wanting to lounge in my pjs all day reading in our outdoor kitchen surrounded by nature, and going out to explore the island. A couple of days ago we went to the beach, southeast of Ubud, to fly Cedric’s kites (the one he made as a school project and the dragon we bought in the market). We flew the kites, bathed in a seaside pool, did a bit of homework, got massages and read our books. It was a beautiful, relaxing day (albeit a bit too hot).

Then yesterday evening, we went to see a traditional Balinese Kecak Fire dance. We all sat in stunned silence while dozens of men hummed and swayed in circles around the fire of life (a wood structure lit up by a dozen oil lamps), an ancient tale unfolding before us.

Today, I chose to stay behind while the boys went on a bicycling expedition and my daughter and mother-in-law went to a silver workshop to make jewellery. They all had an exciting day while I sat in bed, drank tea and worked a bit on my writing.

Tomorrow we are off again to visit the east side of the island: a bat cave temple, a salt factory, a traditional market, a famous palace and the Aga village which is home to the original Balinese people. Hopefully, we will have enough energy at the end of the day to make our way to Gelato Secrets (the best in town!).

Emilie's silver carving

Emilie’s silver creation


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