Well, hello after a long disconnect it seems. From decent internet, from family, from friends, from the “Real” world. You see, we’ve been in Southeast Asia. If that’s not enough to get your mind’s eye twinkling, cringing, and nodding a thoughtful “oh, I see”, then you obviously haven’t been here. We flew into Singapore from Darwin, Australia and found a bigger, cleaner, more cosmopolitan city than we had seen in a while actually. Singapore was a visual spectacle, a real feast for the senses to be exact. There we found foods never tried, friends that appeared from our Couchsurfing requests to graciously allow us an eye into their culture, their city, and their people. We were able to Couchsurf while in Singapore as well as spend a couple nights in Chinatown. Like many other large cities, Singapore is a place that seems to be grasping for a culture all its own, yet finding things a bit mixed up. There was Chinatown, a bustling area of lights, shops, food markets, and everything else uniquely Chinese. The there was “Arab street” and the Malay districts that were completely different, filled with spice, kebabs, and flowing robes. Sigapore will go on in our minds for a long time, we’re sure.
Then we came to Bali. We expected palms, beaches, and waves and among the hustle of an island of poverty and tourisms ugliness, we found them. We also found beautiful architecture, sunsets to die for, and a life that we would have never knew could exist anywhere. It has been difficult, stressful, and at times extremely beautiful. Come to Bali again? Well, maybe. The jury’s still out.
Old man on the street in Singapore.