Walking a half mile to dinner in Bali, we would have been warmly greeted by 25-50 people, plus a handful of friendly dogs. We would have heard the sounds night-time insects gamelan practice, and of people going about their lives in their homes, and on their front steps. At home, walking a half mile to a friend's home, just cars. Everyone is inside, somewhere.
However, there are trade offs. Our own bed, our own cooking, clean tap water, friends and co-workers, back to the gym, communicating easily in English, and the feeling of being useful at work or other endeavors. And we must admit, high-speed internet is so very nice!
Posting photos on Blogspot takes time, especially with slow overseas connections. So here is a link to some of our edited better and best photos--perhaps only 10% of what we took. Many of them were never in our blog posts, so we encourage you to scroll down and look at the few photos in every blog post. These mostly new photos are now on Facebook. You don't need to be a Facebook friend, or even on Facebook. Simply click on this link, and enjoy! Thanks for reading these posts and for your feedback.