February 3rd: Caught in the rain again


I hope your day is truly wonderful.

Today started off a little overcast but the sun was trying to shine through, so we thought it was a great day to get a little exercise and enjoy a walk through our adopted town.  We have been relying a lot more on the scooter and drivers lately because of the imminent threat of rain every day.  It was really nice to get out and about again on foot and some of friendly neighbours asked when did we get back… oh, it has been longer than I thought since we have walked into town.

We made it up to the place where we buy our internet, which is up past Arjuna, the statue at the top of Raya Ubud.  We even both bought a pair of shoes along the way.  Steve got some strap on sandals and I bought a pair of joggers.  For the first six months we were in Bali, I had one pair of shoes with me, which are Birkenstocks.  So, really very comfortable but not so good in the rain.  They are now so moldy that you can’t even distinguish the pattern of them.  Along the way, I have brought some other shoes over and purchased a few pairs here in Bali but no joggers or anything that offers any support for long walks.  So, it was time to splash out.  $33 later, I have a very pretty pair of purple and pink joggers.  I’m not sure how long they will last but hopefully at least until I go back to Australia to get the pair I have there.

Our next stop was to the Pondok Pekak Perpustakaan (the Ubud library), to pick up some books to read on the these very wet days.  We got back into Ubud and the rain started coming down, fairly lightly but enough for us to stop for a coffee until it past over.  

We went to a coffee shop we have seen before but never tried.  The name of the place is Balistar which is a very clever use of words – barrister becomes Balistar.  I ordered a Coconut Coffee.  I’m not sure what I expected but I’m thinking it is just really strong black coffee with coconut essence, served in a paper cup, no less.  Had I had a cold coffee, it would have been in plastic, whether you sit in or take away.   The coffee shop is touting Lewak coffee as well which I’m not a real supporter of.  It is a blatant exploitation of wild animals, which are kept in cages.  At least they are using organic Kintamani coffee (which is a local Balinese coffee) for the drip coffee.  

So, the rain eased off and we got to the library.  I chose three books and Steve sat outside doing the budget for our next living arrangement… and then it started bucketing down!  So here we are at the library, about 25 to 30 minutes walk to home, without an umbrella or a raincoat.  As we were leaving home, I asked should we take the umbrellas.  We both decided that carrying the umbrellas was a pain in the butt and it doesn’t look like rain, does it?!

We decided to sit the rain out and try the warung at the back of the library.  We haven’t eaten here before.  The food is tasty but not spicy, so a little bland.  It’s pretty cheap 15,000 ($1.50) for mineand 20,000 ($2) for Steve’s.  we also ordered a ginger fizz which was meant to be ginger, lime and soda but really just tasted like soda.  These were 30,000 ($3) each, go figure?!  I think we would have been better off with a bottle of water each.

The library is a hive of activity.  There are wood carving classes and mask making classes and there are plenty of people here today.  Probably because there isn’t much else to do in the rain.  It is a great way to spend a rainy day, learning a new skill and getting in touch with some of Balinese culture.  We learnt that the mask making class has been going on for a month, 5 days a week.  They were pretty impressive!

We are back home now after deciding to brave the rain and start our way home.  The rain had eased up a little but was still enough to keep the glasses fogged up and wet and for our clothes to get soaked through.  Someone should invent wipers for glasses, don’t you think?  I sneezed all the way home and got a few smiles and nods from the bule (what the Balinese call anyone who is not Asian) who were out and about braving the rainy conditions.

We met a fellow on the way back that was selling disposable rain ponchos for (starting price of) 80,000 ($8) each, you know the ones we buy at the dollar shop in Australia for $2?  We were already wet by this stage so we were happy to decline his invitation to buy, even when he halved his price to 40,000.  Our friend, who has a small clothing shop in our street, also had the rain ponchos but we were well and truly wet by then.  I will ask him  next time I go down (and it is not raining) how much he sells them for.  Everyone’s an entrepreneur in Bali.

After a nice hot shower and a hot cocoa, I am sitting up in bed looking forward to starting one of the books I picked up at the library.  I have put on some beautiful classical music and some Breathe Easier is burning in the oil burner.  Aaahhh.

Grateful for another day.


My thought for the day:

Every day is a new opportunity to create the life you imagine.

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