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February 9, 2008 - Ubud, Bali

Written by GingerBlossom Published in

It's been an interesting last few days. Yesterday morning in the early hours, I thought I was dreaming that I was sleeping on top of the washing machine, and that it was shaking and rumbling from the load being unbalanced, and then I woke up enough to realize that it was an earthquake. When I travel I always sleep with my shoes and purse on the floor beside the bed, out of habit, as the electricity often times goes out, and I know where to find things by Braile, so I was ready to head for the door if need be, then the shaking subsided. I thought I was really scared (hey, I grew up in the Mid west, not California) but I went right back to sleep, and then in the morning I had to ask if there really had been an earthquake, or if I just dreamed it.

Then today my driver hit a motorcycle with two girls on it, while going up to Ubud. I didn't want to use Bemo service, as there were about 3 villages that I wanted to stop at, but even after 15 minutes with this guy, I'm thinking its a bad match, I want to stop, he's passing everybody on the road. Sure enough, he ran into the back of a stopped scooter, The girls were ok, the scooter had a bent fender. hope he slows down, I think he was pretty upset about it, I know I was. oops, the internet cafe is closing, will write more tomorrow, its Sunday, so it will be a quiet day, plus the 11th, according to the Balinese calendar, is supposed to be an Auspicious Day for self-purification - sounds like good advice.