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We have also had the opportunity to travel to some amazing places in China, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Bali. We have archived all of our travels and living experiences abroad; and if you wish, you can read about our adventures by finding the archives on the right of this page and by checking our Photo Album.

We appreciate all of our family and friends who have stayed in touch and emailed us with encouraging words throughout the year. We hope you will continue to keep us in your thoughts as we continue our adventure of living abroad teaching at an international school. For those who have stumbled upon our site, check out the "About Eric and Jamie" section on the right for more information.

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Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness."
- Mark Twain

"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends."
- Maya Angelou






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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Day Trip in Bali 2

Jamie and I set out again with our guide Wayan to see some more of the countryside of Bali. Before I begin, let me remind you to click the links of to see a brief picture of what I'm talking about, but then be sure to check out the full album here, Bali 2009 Day Trip 2. Wayan took us first to the Bali Botanical Gardens in Bedugul. We especially liked the fern collection as well as the cactus collection. The Botanical Gardens overlook Lake Bratan which also has the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan (The Floating Temple) which is dedicated the the goddess of the lake.

After a quick lunch, we drove up to see the Twin Lakes of Buyan and Tamblingan. It was a bit cloudy, but still some good pictures overall.

We then tried some Durian fruit in a local fruit stand. Durian fruit is said to "smell like hell, but taste like heaven." It does have a funny odor and even hotels and resorts won't let tourist bring it back to the rooms with them. We have something similar if not the same in China, but Jamie and I had never tried it. We bought some from a local vendor and tasted it. I'll post some video later to show you our taste test. It wasn't pleasant. Let's just say the old saying shouldn't say anything about heaven.

Our next stop was our favorite with was the Betu Bolong Temple which is a pretty amazing temple on top of the rocks in Tanah Lot. Next to it lies Tanah Lot Temple, which supposedly has a water source which is freshwater despite it being on the shore. We were blessed by the priests there, but think that the water was just pumped in. Nice to tell tourist though.

Our last stop for the day was the world famous seafood on the beach at sunset on Jimbaran Beach. We ordered the red snapper and they grilled it perfectly. Great views, some live music and Balinese dancing.

Overall, it was a great day with some beautiful scenery of the Bali countryside, none of which I took a picture of but will not forget.

Tomorrow, we are going to be picked up at 7:00 am and taken to a couple of pretty cools temples before going scuba diving. I have never dove before, but this seems to be the place to do it and we get to dive near sunken American WWII battleship. We have 2 dives scheduled. Wish me luck!

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