Our 6 months sojourn is almost at an end and our visit to Australia about to begin. The first thing we have noticed is flying back to Australia on Australian airlines is about twice the cost per kilometre as we have been paying overseas. We notice in the paper today here that Australia is now officially the most expensive country in the world to live in. Looking forward to a few months of “poverty” in Australia before departing again for less expensive parts!
Just returned from a very tasty dinner at a restaurant nearby where we both had local curries and an iced coffee which including 15% taxes cost A$17.30. Last night we lashed out next door and Erica had Pork Spare ribs and I a Pork Curry with a glass of local wine each and it cost A$37.50 but it was ocean front and worth it.
The traffic outside is still horrendous and locals say the trucks are taking gravel and sand from Mt Agung to Denpasar and there numbers are increasing. Here they just dump sand on the footpath and pedestrians have to walk around it. We have noticed only foreigners walk here as all Balinese are on motor scooters!
Explored a failed unfinished resort next door that has stood still for about 5 years. It had struck financial problems and is reputed to be Chines/Singapore owned. It is for sale at the moment unfinished.
Hired some snorkelling gear for tomorrow in front of our bungalows. The ex-fisherman who supplied us spent a long time telling us how the increased cost of living has put so much pressure on these gentle Hindu inhabitants. He is 52 and his knees are worn out from carrying his boat ashore each day for years. A lovely gentle soul.
We have had another lazy day reading and sunbathing by the sea and are now sipping a glass of the local Hatten Rose. Life is good.