Home, sweet, crawling, home

Trip Start Jul 24, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Villa 7

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Friday, August 1, 2008

Ok my darlings? Where to start....
Perhaps with the glorious house search... apparently due to the influx of bloody tourists, (not consisting mainly of bronzed adonis' waiting to receive me with open arms but more accurately old, fat, and semi nude Australians) finding cheap accommodation is like gold dust... actually strike that, platinum dust! However I did meet a fascinating guy with four thumbs!!! That is correct! On one hand he had two complete thumbs that worked independently of each other - amazing! On the other hand even more grossly he had a thumb that was half split down to the first knuckle into two... He was a holy man who was renting out a house... All I could do not to ask him for a photo, and whether any other parts of his anatomy were also split... mind you he was a bit old so maybe not. Avoided that clear faux pas only to encounter a whole list of freaks and misfits who were anxious to sort me out with lodgings all for a mere 80 million or 90 million - that works out as more than I was bloody paying at home!! So finally settled on a little villa that Chris 'Trust me, this is the best villa I have ever seen!' showed me. Along with Bande, my new... well house agent. He drops by every now and again to register me with the police station, (60,000Rp Bribe to get the paperwork sorted!) register me with the local Banjar, (Council), (40,000Rp administration fee and rubbish collection fee) he also has installed a new water tank to pump water up from the well... Yes well... I am surrounded for miles in all directions by rice paddies being hosed down with chemicals, where the locals excrete / bath and a metropolis whose idea of waste disposal has not quite reached the western 'out of sight, out of mind' level yet... Needless to say the water occasionally stinks of Sulphur... Hmmm... and has a slight yellow / orange tinge. Apparently if I were to drink it I could die - the locals don't even drink it, though the mosquito's apparently love it... Yay for the lack of Western plumbing standards! Is ok to wash in mind, can't quite bring myself to wash my teeth in the stuff but bathing has become an interesting mix of relaxing and slightly daring.

The A.C. is wonderful, sorry but fuck the atmosphere that baby is on all night every night for a nice stable 24 degrees... Pardon my Balinese there.

Geeky I know but the ants here are amazing - there are giant ones, normal sized ones and tini, tiny ones. Leave any scrap of food out for more than 10 minutes and a swarm arrives to take it off your hands - As I discovered after cooking myself a little Nasi Goreng the first night... investigated and experimented with them for the net two hours they are so cool! The cockroaches / house pets are less lovely but have covered them with glasses and am waiting for them to die... Tried stepping on one and it moved my foot! Yeuch! Actually after a couple of days have decided to keep them and name them... maybe get a couple of collars and leads?? It's kinda sweet the way they rotate in the glasses to watch me wherever I am...

I live opposite one of the 23 million temples on Bali - Quite a big one but a bit run down - gorgeous though - photos are coming! Let me paint a scene for you. The rice paddies around my house are all at different levels and green and lush, they are covered with fishing line with little bits of paper/ clothing / plastic bags on and a baffling array of clacking sticks and rattles which create a constant natural background rhythm which is really quite delightful, peaceful and calming...  to frighten the birds away, (the birds clearly ignore these attempts contemptuously but why stop doing it eh? Tradition is important!). The whole affect is so beautiful that it chills me out just walking around, god I love this place!!

Can't wait for the Mango tree in my garden to start ripening!!

Miss you all of course and will write soon about school! The education adventure is about to begin, Yay for working in paradise!
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