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Your hosts have arrived

As the Balinese New Year (Nyepi) approaches we were able to move our things from our rental unit and make our new home moderately livable before the entire island shuts down. During 24 hours — after two days of purification ceremonies as well as one evening of scaring the demons away (Ogoh-Ogoh), the airport closes, […]

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A shopping spree

Having a village encamped on your property comes with many surprises. Vendors of all sorts can sniff out an itinerant crowd and sell them everything from fresh fruits to fashion.

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Would you like to visit the most generous country on Earth?

Are you a giving person? Want to experience a place where giving is an integral stitch in the fabric of life? If so, then visit Indonesia! Despite its gross domestic product per capita ranking 127th in the world β€” and the fact that 1 in 10 people there still lived below the poverty line as […]

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The male/female divide

The construction industry is notorious for it’s dominance as a “male” industry. In the USA it would be rare to have a female roofer, plumber or an electrician bid for a job. But in Bali one interesting area where females work side by side men in the construction industry is as concrete helpers. Here the […]

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Construction News

Week #29 β€” a lull in the action

The Balinese construction crew went back to their village for a major celebration called Galungan. The crew from Java continued to add brick walls and cover them with cement plaster. Slowly the building is looking more and more hospitable, but we have a ways to go. Still it’s exciting to see progress, even if it […]