We got to he Puri Saron Hotel by 6pm and met the group for dinner on the pool terrace of the hotel.Many of the people had not seen each other since the end of the program 34 years earlier. There were 10 participants from Indonesia, 6 women and 4 men that showed up. They were from across Indonesia, and included Raida and Iida from Sumatra, Dessy and Denny from Java, Ujaya and Dayu from Bali, Sarjorno from Kalimantan, Geni from Irian Jaya, Hirsan from Lombok. There were also 9 Canadians from different parts of Canada: Marg, Michael and Jim from Vancouver, Lorna from Tofino/Australia, Lorna from Saskatchewan, James (representing his deceased brother Mark) from Ontario, Roget from Quebec, Diane from Halifax and David from Newfoundland.
Marg spent most of the evening catching up with a number of Indonesians and Canadians while Peter chatted with the Canadians he had met previously.
Peter was fighting a cold, and relaxed the next morning after taking some cold medicine. That afternoon we went on a tour of Tanah Lot – a temple island offshore with a cave having healing spring water poured on your head by a medicine man. The crowds of tourists and plentiful stalls meant that commercialism was not frowned upon. Enjoyed some local coconut water and roast corn as a snack topped off with some palm sugar rice cakes.
The evening was spent near Nusa Dua, the southern most area of Bali, and a setting of a more touristy Kecek Dance, overlooking the ocean. This Kecek dance had much more tourist interaction with the dancers, and was clearly entertainment for visitors with a bit of local tradition thrown in. The night was capped off at Jimbaran Beach, known for its extensive seafood restaurants right near the water. We lined up to select our fish which was weighed and then we paid for it to be cooked in one of four ways. We then enjoyed our dinner under the stars on the beach sipping a cold beverage and eating the freshly cooked seafood.
Saturday, Peter took it easy at the hotel to recover from the cold. Marg went shopping with Diane to Kuta. Peter enjoyed some body surfing for a few minutes, but long enough to get a slight burn! This brought back memories of Treasure Beach in Jamaica where he perfected this technique.
The main part of the reunion occurred that night. Marg and her cohort reminisced looking at slides contributed by many of the group from their three months in each country.
The relaxed paced continued on Sunday. Peter had a two hour body scrub and massage for about $30! Sampled the local food at a restaurant where you picked your food, and they charged you by the weight. Two of us ate for less than $6. Peter helped James Buffin with some paperwork for model release forms and also got to see some of the production of the video that the was making about the event. James also had some time lapse images that he had taken the previous night that were truly stunning.
The final dinner with the group was held at the beach just off the hotel complex. Unfortunately the loud reggae music coming from the next door restaurant did not help us have a last conversation.
The next morning was the start of the true adventure for the trip . We headed to South Sulawesi.