Bear in mind that an awful lot of people (certainly in the Antipodes) visit Bali. China and India are also building a burgeoning tourist

presence there. This all conspires to make the place (sucks teeth) a little, ….mundane. Never the less it provides fabulous weather,

good natured attempts to relieve  one of ones cash (you taxi driver, you know who you are!) and a rather jolly attitude to life. The roads and infra structure are challenging and sometime the queues horrendous

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Did some walks in and around Kuta to see the rice paddy fields, where farmers augment their income by selling artwork to the passing tourists.

Drove to the north coast of Bali where the sands are a volcanic black, very similar to the southern coast of Iceland. Perhaps indicative of the relative “youth” of the landscape in geological terms.DSCF9949

The Balinese people, I found to be very gentle,courteous and consistently welcoming. A cynic perhaps would say, that is a function of their reliance on tourism. I would venture to say by and large not, for there is a sense of inner grace and pride in their culture. The Indonesian muslim culture is gentle and non threatening, totally at odds with that which predominates further west in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

I had a dental appointment in Borneo, so flew out to KK on the 04.09.14 as a precursor to another flight two days later to Kuala Lumpur.