Saturday, January 23, 2010

Little town in the mountains

We took a hike in the mountains of Bedugul Bali and had to walk through this little cluster of houses to get to the trail. A traditional Balinese neighborhood close to the village overlooking the lake. We heard that the house on the point was for sale—real cheap and Jerry got it in his mind that we should buy it—What?

Of course, once we did the research we found that you had to buy a larger parcel of land than originally stated. The land was all terraced and planted with vegetables, accessible by a stone stairway that leads to the lake. As we were looking out over the lake a woman came by with a huge basket on her head and dumped it down the stairs. We then found out that that is where the entire neighborhood dumped their garbage and if we wanted that to stop we would have to deal with officials and find an alternative dumping ground. We have subsequently moved on...

10 comments:

Margaret Ann said...

Holy CATS! What a view...A fabulous illo! :) I definitely think all those temple visits and offerings you made paid off...someone was watching over you!:) So lucky you were able to witness first hand "business as usual" in the "hood". LOL:)

sue said...

Amazing--love this image of it, but that doesn't sound good. Not so much. I'm with Margaret Ann on this one, I think! Great story!

A.Marie said...

Nice. I love to stand back and see those houses in the hills.

marancat said...

Lovely sketch, lovely story - and a lucky escape!

Phyllis said...

Good Grief, the perfect cautionary tale! Beautifully illustrated, too :)

Johanna said...

But a house in Bali.... It might even be worth the garbage... Nice picture and story!

Ramona Davidson said...

Lovely- the art and the location.

raena said...

Sigh...looks like paradise!

donnamcm said...

What, you don't want to live in a garbage dump?

Terry Banderas said...

Beautiful art.