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February 2008

11 Feb 2008 Written by GingerBlossom In
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February 11, 2008 - Ubud, Bali

Today I found the perfect antidote to my previous taxi driver from Hell. The anitidotes's name is Gusti, and he is a perfect Balinese Mr. Rogers. He speaks quietly, drives very calmly and nicely, and is just a nice, calm, sweet man. Plus, he also is a wood carver, and has a ton of contacts and knowledge. He doesn't even try to sell me his work, he says that it's a little too high for business price, as his uncle sets the price.

09 Feb 2008 Written by GingerBlossom In
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February 9, 2008 - Ubud, Bali

It's been an interesting last few days. Yesterday morning in the early hours, I thought I was dreaming that I was sleeping on top of the washing machine, and that it was shaking and rumbling from the load being unbalanced, and then I woke up enough to realize that it was an earthquake. When I travel I always sleep with my shoes and purse on the floor beside the bed, out of habit, as the electricity often times goes out, and I know where to find things by Braile, so I was ready to head for the door if need be, then the shaking subsided.

07 Feb 2008 Written by GingerBlossom In
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February 7, 2008 - Kuta, Bali

Happy Losar to all my dear Tibetan friends, may you have a mosty happy and prosperous new year, filled with joy, peace, and good health. Because of this being New Year's Day for Thailand as well, it was a little tricky to change my airline ticket, but the dye has been cast, and the deed is done - I think - won't know until I get email confirmation.

05 Feb 2008 Written by GingerBlossom In
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February 5, 2008 - Kuta, Bali

Crossing the street in Asia always feels to me like a death-defying propostion. Driving can only be described as free-style, and pedestian rights are pretty much non-existant. Traffic consists of the endless wave of bicycles, motorcycles, and scooters, and I'm riding the wave. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

03 Feb 2008 Written by GingerBlossom In
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February 3, 2008 - Kuta, Bali

I can drive myself crazy by trying to control what's beyond my control, or I can adjust to it and go to plan B. The good news is that it looks like I'll be sending a container from Bali, the bad news is that instead of chilling out up in groovy Ubud, I'll be sweating it out in and around Kuta. To salvage some of the idea of idylic Bali, I'm at least going to try and do my own sunrise yoga on the beach before starting the work day.

02 Feb 2008 Written by GingerBlossom In
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February 2, 2008 - Kuta, Bali

It's hard to believe that I left the house at 2:30 p.m. on Jan 29, and I didn't check into the hotel in Bali until 2:30 p.m. 4 days later. On the other hand, 100 years ago, it would have been about 4 months later until the Bali check in, and yes, I know I crossed the International Date Line at some point, and lost a day that way, or something like that. I was lucky to even get out of O'Hare, we left late, with high winds and snow, so I missed my flight out of San Francisco, tho it was close.

10 Jan 2008 Written by GingerBlossom In
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February 10, 2008 - Ubud, Bali

I see now that today is the 10th, not the 11th, so haven't made the reflexology foot massage a high priority. I also see that the 6th and 8th of Feb. were Auspicious Days for castrating animals, wonder if the Dog Pack owners believe in the Balinese calendar.