I guess I didn’t really prepare anyone very well for this title. This semester was so busy with school and work that I barely had time to tell my friends what I was up to. I am excited to be back in BALI now working on projects and doing some more research. The first few days have been rather crazy since I still was finishing some schoolwork. I wasn’t really able to see anyone until tonight… although, I had come to work every day (for at least 9 hours) at one of my favourite hangouts, Mingle. Also, the day after I arrived I went to a ceremony in Denpasar with my best friend here, Ketut, and saw everyone in his REALLY big family. I had brought a bunch of keychains and things from Canada to give out, but then realized that there was about 50 of them. And that’s just somewhat immediate family…
Bali seems even better now. Perhaps this is because I knew a bit more of what to expect, or possibly because I am lacking the Typhoid fever, but there seems to be less garbage on the streets, more greenery, even better local food. I’m happy. Especially happy to be done the majority of my other work so I can get onto my Bali projects starting tomorrow.
Tomorrow I will be going to Rendang, to learn some grantang. 🙂
…and my friend Sudi’s parents have invited me to a ceremony in a couple days from now. I hope to connect with Bu Candri again tomorrow or the next day so I can start my lessons and interviews. I miss her so much and can’t wait to see her again! I have a feeling I am going to be very busy here in the next couple weeks as I’m only here until the 31st of December and have a lot to accomplish in that short time! But thankfully, I am happy, enjoying myself, and have wonderful friends by my side.
I’ve included a few pictures of happy things for your viewing pleasure.
Love to all… with a big warm hug,