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See that gasoline container in the back? It was filled with our local beverage of the evening, a Balinese palm wine called Tuwak. Tastes kind of like spiked coconut water. Goes down so smoothly that you quickly forget how many glasses you’ve consumed. Ketut (guy in center) told me that some people have a bad reaction to it the next day. I was one of them. The guy right behind me is Geday – the procurer of that evening’s tuwak. He was a maintenance guy at one of the sponsors’ beach houses. In the mornings, he swims in the ocean to catch octopus by spear. He told me he could hold his breath for more than two minutes!
 

Can’t have tuwak without some tasty snacks. Some chicken satay, fried tofu rolls, and an incredibly spicy fish and vegetable roll.
 

The guy on the far right is Casey, one of the volunteers. Born and raised in Carson City, Nevada. Dropped out of high school, moved to Spain, became fluent in Spanish and met his wife there. He now works remotely translating english-spanish letters for various businesses in Spain. He and his wife recently went to Thailand where they stayed in a remote village with the chief of the village and his family. The next day, as Casey and his wife were leaving, the chief told them to take his son with them. They weren’t sure what was going on and said they couldn’t take his son and quickly left the village. Since then, Casey has been getting emails from the chief asking them to take his son with them in return for the chief’s hospitality when they stayed at the village. Yikes!
 
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This is the view from a sponsor’s house that’s on the beach and within minutes of the Yayasan. The sponsor was gone the entire month and we could’ve stayed here but, without the description of this place before we left for Bali, we decided it’d be better to stay in one of the concrete 14×14 rooms at the Yayasan. Whoops! Fortunately, Kirsten and I stayed at this home for a few days because one of Ketut’s friends wanted to stay at the Yayasan with him. As such, it was only necessary to have a little party!
 
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Fresh off the grill! The tuna that Ketut and his friends caught that morning.
 
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Dinner was mainly grilled tuna, beer, and some pasta (made by yours truly). The other stuff were sauces for the fish that some of the other volunteers made. Lots of yummy garlic!
 
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Moving on – ready for some monkey poop coffee? Seriously. Supposed to be one of the premium kinds of coffee in the world.
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The roasted coffee beans after Mr. Monkey says, “Who does #2 work for!”
 
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Mmmmm! Good to the last drop! (pun intended) I’ll stop with the poop jokes.
 
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WTH? was my initial reaction when I saw these snack products at convenience stores throughout Bali. But, as they say, don’t knock it before you try it. The nori Lays potato chips were surprisingly good and tasted like … nori! We saw a lot of people eating this stuff.
 
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Bintang – the king of beers! At least in Bali.