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Batam, Indonesia

Day trip from Singapore to Batam via the ferry.

We stepped out of high rises, high-lights and high prices to well…. the complete opposite.

Parked right around the corner from the Singapore terminal was Paul Allen’s (Microsoft co-founder) 414 foot, $200 million yacht named Octopus – the biggest privately owned yacht in the world.

We had 2 choices – the island of Batam or Bintan. We were told to go to Bintan because it had luxurious resorts, shopping and nice beaches.

We chose Batam.

A short taxi ride to Nagoya for the best massages ever. A little Indonesian lunch and a bottle of wine from the tiny duty free shop – 75% cheaper than in Singapore. It’s going to taste that much better too.

The exchange rate from roughly one to one to $1 equals $10,000 rupiahs.

The night sky was especially beautiful on the return trip.

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Zigzagging and being present

Bill and I are yogis – enjoying the practice 4 times a week keeps us committed, flexible and forever trying to be present.

Shavasana is when we are to be most present.  Per Wikipedia it is intended to rejuvenate the body, mind, and spirit. In Shavasana, practitioners’ breath deepens, and the stress of the day is released. The yogi forgets all other thoughts and surrenders any psychological effort. While in Shavasana, yogis slip into blissful neutrality and reflect on the practice.

Yeah right – we also make plans and lists….

However, travel – from experiencing all the beauty in between using a bathroom with urine overflowing the brim to seeing a dead man laying on the street – gives me the most opportunities to be “present”.

Everything is new. Engaged in our surroundings there is no room for lists and planning and there are no expectations.

I always thought golf, scuba diving and being with the kids made me present. However, upon reflection golf is just a plain masochistic way of being present – scuba diving has me constantly looking for sharks and being with the kids (best of all) still has me being the mom.

World exploration is good for the soul.  It has helped me become more accepting and tolerant. I am constantly learning. Reflection and deeper thinking has lead to more understanding.

When present I don’t have time to fear.  It affords me the opportunity to get out of my head.

“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination with reality, and instead of thinking of how things may be, see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson

Photo of the Day 305

Built directly into solid rock. 

Known as Church of the Rock – Rock Church and Temppeliakio. 

I think the designers were channeling Frank Lloyd Wright.

October 31, 2016

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Camino Santiago Portugues Day 6

We start our mornings at 7 and head to the closest cafe for coffee and breakfast that’s coffee with milk – 2 sugars and a pastry. 

We have yet to burn off the calories we eat in one day. I know this because my Fitbit tells me so.

Today we had to walk 5 miles before we found a cafe. Chappy needing his daily coffee fix almost sprinted there – we’ve decided for the rest of the Camino to dangle a cup of coffee in front of him to get him to pick up the pace.

Another beautiful day. The mornings are cool and the breeze keeps us comfortable as the sun takes over the day.
 This day the Camino took us through small towns, ugly rural housing, a short trail (still muddy in places) and industrial areas. Pavement – lots of pavement.

A generous man, Nelson, stopped his car and gave each of us a plastic bag with a bottle of cold water and 2 apples – the timing was perfect! 

I’ve decided that our bodies are equipped to walk 9 miles! Anything beyond that is torture.

34,294 steps and 14.59 miles. Chappy said my Fitbit is a POS and we actually went 15.3 miles today. 

Darrell found us a modern hotel in Aqueda – we are sleeping like tourists tonight – not pilgrims.

Bill asking for directions – 100% language barrier