Bali – a picture of contrasts
After completing their training in Pandeglang, Dr’s Groberg and Visick (and wives) headed off to Bali for a respite before they flew home. We had never been, and it’s only a 1.5 hour flight from Jakarta, so we joined them for a couple days and also to visit Puspadi Bali, a potential partner. We saw some beautiful scenery and had a nice couple days, but the highlight of the trip was our visit to Puspadi Bali – more on that later as it will have its own post.
A few comments about Bali – it is indeed as beautiful as its reputation. It has been written about in books, seen in movies, shown in countless pictures. It is the feature of Indonesian tourism advertising – all for good reason. The resorts are spectacular and beautiful. And of course, it is very expensive by Indonesian standards. However, it is a wicked contrast to the rest of Indonesia – it is the definition of the ‘haves vs. the have-not’s’. (Not dissimilar to many resorts around the world compared to the community outside the gates – Cancun, Mexico, Pukhet, Thailand, or lots of others.) Places where the locals are a part of it only because they work there. In what we do, we see so much of the “have-not” side, it’s difficult to spend a lot of time in the middle of the “have” side.
I will post some random pics over the next few posts of what we saw , but here are a few for now:
Side note – Bali is quite hot – hotter than I expected. There are also not a lot of Americans or Canadians here because it is a long, difficult trip of 30+ hours to get here. It is however, very popular with Australians/New Zealanders and Asians, which is only a 4-6 hour flight.