Couchsurfing in BaliAs I recounted a few posts back, Dolly and I spent 2 nights with a poor family in the mountains in Bali. We were their guest as a couchsurfers. Couchsurfing gives you an opportunity to share the lives people live in their own home.
I chose the Pat Jero family due to their location, social status and also due to them having a 4 year old daughter for Dolly to befriend. Dolly packed toys and clothing to give knowing the little girl had very little. I highly encourage couchsurfing to have a enriching travel experience.
I explained to Dolly that the family is very poor and are unable to purchase food or go to school sometimes due to this poverty. This is allowed her to reflect and ask thoughtful questions about her new friend and thinking of solutions in how she would like to help her new friend.
|One child speaks French and English the other speaks Balinese and Indonesian - No language in common - Yet they had no problems playing and communicating with some of the gifts Dolly had brought from home.|
|The House High In The Mountains - Plastic sheets to cover the glassless windows.|
|The squat toilets and shower area.|
|Offerings to the Gods. Shelter, food and drink.|
|Gateway to the small village. Dolly being carried by the mother of the house to avoid dogs and rabies.|
|My delicious meal of rice, choko, egg and a mix of garlic, lemongrass, ginger and chili. Fruits on offer from the garden; passionfruit and tamarillo.|
The father of the house saved me time and hassle by picking me up and dropping me off at different Bali locations on different side of the island on 3 occassions. I was thankful for this and left them 50$ as a thank you to cover fuel, time and his kindness. This is a large amount of money for them. To give you an idea the 18 year old son works every morning for 4 hours earning .50 cents per morning.
|Sightseeing with our host. Dolly had given some of her dresses, leggings and hair clips to her new friend who wore them with happiness.|
|We had a great time.|