On the 23rd, we moved from Kubu di Uma to our new home. It is just a few blocks away, but we have truly moved into the Balinese world. For the next 4 months, we will be living in an actual Balinese family compound. We share a wall with part of the Balinese family (two college-aged girls), and there are two other stand-alone Bali homes, each complete with their own kitchen, etc ( some Bali family compounds share a kitchen). In one of these homes is the Balinese parents – a wonderful and engaging couple exactly our ages, and in the other is a French woman who has lived here by herself for almost two years. We share a driveway, yard, and a plethora of roosters, dogs, cats, lizards, etc that come and go at will.
Marc so badly wanted to get a dog at this juncture, but what would we do when we leave? Well, it seems that problem was solved today. I heard him talking to company (or so I thought) and then he excitedly came in and explained that we have two new puppies! It seems that this family owns three complexes like ours (think of an apartment complex with three courtyards) and the puppies belong to the family group in front of ours. The puppies can come and go through the gate. Marc is already determining what puppy treats he can give them to make friends with them! The perfect solution to his dog craving and our need for flexibility!
It seems that I am most happy when in a Bali complex. During our last trip, we had a complex to ourselves, and the open air layout, vaulted ceilings, air flow – it gives me peace. When a math equation is efficient, some call it elegant. That is the way I feel about our new habitat. Its efficiency and emptiness is elegant and refreshing. We only have AC in the bedroom, but with the ceiling fans in all rooms, we barely need it. The ceilings are high so any heat is above us, and with the tile floors and wood-detailing openings, there is lovely air flow with a minimum of bugs. We remarked tonight that in Savannah, the bugs would be everywhere, but here they barely enter the home as long as we keep the doors closed. I have always felt that so much of what becomes valued in a culture is often rooted in poverty, and these homes are perfect examples. Families have their own space, but with the luxury of multi-generational support just a few steps away. There is no want for trinkets or an overabundance of clothes, so spaces stay open and clean – cleanliness is a necessity because otherwise there are armies of ants, geckos, and spiders looking to invade.
So, we will stay here for 4 months as we plan our next step. I will take an on line ESL job and we will leave every 60 days pursuant to our visa requirements. We are going to look at a few other Indonesian islands and if we fall in love, we may move to somewhere more remote . . . but I have a feeling that we will remain here in the place we love!
Enjoy the Gallery of our house! I have a video I hope to share in the near future!