28 November 2013
Okay, a quick catch-up and then bedtime, we're going diving tomorrow.
We had a very wet day or two for our last days in Bali - we sat and had lunch and watched the football field we had just crossed turn into a lake. Really.
We went to the DeliCat Café - complete with a cat and a painting of a cat. In the style of Matisse. Maybe Matisse's kitten?
on Wednesday we got up nice and early and went to the road to wait for a
ride to Padangbai, the coastal town where the boats leave for points
east. We drove for about an hour through small towns and villages, and
all the rice fields in between. Apparently the rice has several growing
cycles throughout the year and can be harvested up to three times in
the year, so we saw rice plants at all kinds of stages of growth.
had time to hang around Padangbai, a small coastal town. The day was
the end of a festival period, so many people had been to a temple
celebration early in the morning - you can tell because they are dressed
nicely, often in white, and have a few grains of rice pressed onto
their forehead and/or the hollow at the base of their neck. (It looks
like a little painting, but sort of abstract, in white on varying skin
confusion, because there are different boat companies going to a variety
of locations, we finally boarded our boat to Lombok, heading to
Senggigi. (The g is hard, like in "spaghetti" - so the name of the town
is pronounced seng-GHEE-ghee.)
was an uneventful trip. Until we arrived at Senggigi Beach. Our boat
kind of just pulled up toward the beach, which has a steep incline and
is a very narrow beach - we had to walk along the gunwales and step onto
the prow of the boat, then walk over and step down onto a chair in the
wet sand - chair of course tipping and tilting due to the wet sand
moving underneath. I nearly went down. Richard did better. (And he
doesn't like to be in photos. But my only photos of the disembarkation
process include him. Hence the big blank. I took his backpack out
too. Love you, sweetie!)
settled into our hotel (okay, but with not very good food) and found
the dive operators. We're signed up for dives tomorrow, out in the
Gilis. (Gili, GHEE-lee, just means little island.)
have to add, we missed the first night of Chanukah so are lighting the
menorah twice tonight. While we hear the muezzin calling people to
worship in the distance. And since it's the first day of Chanukah plus
Thanksgiving, I ordered the chicken kiev on the menu. Turned out to be a
very dry, tough piece of fried chicken breast. With French fries on
the side. Of course, the server confused our meals and gave me
Richard's fish and chips, which tasted like fried tofu to me. And he
was surprised at the taste of his fish. She came over and realized our
dishes were switched, so we swapped and dealt with it - just a funny
Oh, and yes, we have an elephant statue on our porch.
And that's the quick update!