19 December 2013
Things are filling up quickly with tourists - more and more families, couples, singles - mostly Australians but tourists from all around the Pacific and beyond. Our favourite little Italian restaurant which used to be a quiet little spot is now bustling and full each evening. Roads are crowded, sidewalks are crowded, and there are Christmas decorations everywhere!
We went to a mall today,
just to do something different, and I had a bite at Starbucks. (I know,
but it's Seattle comfort food.) The air was full of Christmas music. I
asked the guy behind the counter if he celebrates Christmas. He
laughed and said no, he's Balinese. I asked if anyone working in the
store celebrates Christmas. He laughed harder and said no. I leaned in
confidentially and told him that not all of the tourists have Christmas
either - he was surprised and I told him that we, my husband and I,
don't have Christmas. That was new for him, but, well, tourism expands
the horizons of both the tourists and the host country.
I enjoyed the center of the mall which was a huge Balinese knicknack
market - just chock full of carvings, masks, puppets, fabrics,
everything a tourist could want. Including luwak coffee.
I really liked the puppets lined up like some girl band, all ready to break into a song and dance number!
also had a funny discussion with the lady at our hotel who goes around
doing the shrine offerings - we said hello this morning, and she told me
that she liked my dress. (It was just a simple long swingy tank over a
short pencil skirt, all in black, with my red Birks.) So we had a
little discussion about clothes, where I bought this, comfort, etc. One
of those women bonding moments. (Or maybe a fashionista moment!)
last little thing - except it isn't - it's rainy season here, and we
are now seeing these MONSTER snails every night! HUGE! I had to
photograph one next to my foot so you could see how gigantic these
snails are - like the banana slugs of the Pacific Northwest, but with a
shell on the back. Mutant snails! Probably radioactive! I was afraid
to put my foot any closer, they look like they might take a toe off!