Thought for the Day: “Why?”

Overheard on Jalan Raya, the mainstreet, in Ubud, Bali:

“Why go back to Adelaide* and live an ordinary life?”

View from our breakfast spot on Jalan Bisma, Ubud, Bali

It’s something to consider.  

  • Or whatever hometown you can name.
Decorated for a royal family wedding ceremony on Jalan Raya, the mainstreet, in Ubud, Bali

Photos by Barry



About reneeriley

Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

4 responses to “Thought for the Day: “Why?””

  1. Rosita says :

    I must agree.. why to live ordinary lifes when we can fullfil our dreams, if we have chance? it’s fine for those which don’t really have opportunity, but for those which do, it’s just..plain, simple self-indulgence. BTW, great pics 🙂 car one particularly got my attention – a great fan of Bali culture -, I wanna visit Bali – various reasons, mainly to give thanks in person to some friends in InstaGram which have helped me the most in my harder times, and always cheer me up, as well as take that puppy one of them promised me -, and other Indonesian islands, such as Lombok, Flores, Java and even pop into Timor Leste, or Timor Lorosae, as they call it!! And wha’ about urs, where to would urs dream trip be?
    With much love,

    • reneeriley says :

      Hi Rosita: For various reasons: the beauty, the people, the culture, the chance to experience and learn new ways of seeing and being, I’ve loved everywhere I’ve ever gotten to travel. However, we haven’t been to South America yet, so that is a dream trip for the future for me. Aloha,

      • Rosita says :

        then come here 😆🥰 u’ll love meeting my country, my family, my dogs as well as taking a road trip around Latin America ✌🏼 I’d jus advise u to save some money for it, and beware with valuable stuff, as pickpocketing, as well as stealing, murdering and assaulting are common — but they DON’T always happen ‘cause valuable itens, it was just a generic advise, I know. Stay at touristic zones, only go off to those ppl at hotel/hostel/airBnB recommend u to go —, and u shall be fine❣️ Also, don’t forget mosquito repellent and drink ONLY bottled water while on road!! Follow those recommendations, and u shall be fine 😍
        With much love,

      • reneeriley says :

        It sounds wonderful. Mahalo & aloha, Renee

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