Bali | Tanah Lot & Butterfly garden

The day began with going to the Minimart to get something to drink. The Minimart also had an ATM machine, this came in handy. After one and two transactions, we wanted to do a third (we could only pin a minimal amount at the time). My card went in, I pressed ‘confirm’, my card came out… And powercut. The whole neighbourhood experienced a powercut. My online banking said the transaction had gone through; meaning we had lost the money. Arif was working hard to get the back-up generator started, while three people were begging us for money (please, please…). Arif and I ended up going to the bank in all the chaos, they told us they could not help me and that I had to call my NZ bank. We had to wait 45 minutes for nothing. Calling NZ would be more expensive than the money we’ve lost, so we decided to ‘let it be’. A bit frustrated, we went to the Butterfly park. There all our worries dissapeared when the money was put back in my account and we were surrounded by the most beautiful butterflies. We had the pleasure of letting different animals climb all over us; this included a rhinoceros beetle and a stick insect of 30 cm big!!!! After that we were decorated with the most stunning butterflies.

After this marvelous experience, we went on to Tanah Lot. Tanah Lot is beautiful, but packed (and I mean properly packed) with tourists. I know we are part of that group; but it spoiled the view tremendously. In the mean time, the sun was burning our skin and we decided to go back to the apartment. There we packed our suitcases and I just about managed to get mine below 30 kg. Living out of a suitcase is hard and I am fully adapted to the ‘Marie Kondo’ method; the life-changing magic of tidying. Everything that ‘does not make me happy’ goes in the discard-pile. Thusfar I’ve been categorizing everything from ‘decorating’, ‘basics’, ‘special’ to the ‘replaceable’, ‘cheap’, ‘unimportant’. I am looking forward to being home again, to be able to tidy up because I want to; instead of have to every f- day.

Today we flew to Yogyakarta with Garuda. If you are ever in Indonesia and need to fly somewhere, I highly recommend them. In the 1,5 hour it took to fly from Denpasar to Yogya, we got two drinks and a lunch box. That is as much as we got for our 12 hour flight from Christchurch to Denpasar (thanks Virgin Australia). We had the most comfy seats and an in-flight movie system that worked. I did not watch movies, instead I spent my time reading the book Wild Pork and Watercress, where ‘The Hunt for the Wilderpeople’; the best New Zealand movie is based on. It is an amazing book that one. Four pages to go and I will be on to reading ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’.

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Rhinoceros beetle
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Stick insect; HUGE.
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My mom decorated with butterflies

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Tanah Lot
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Tanah Lot
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Tanah Lot
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