On Gaien Higashi Dori
Monday, November 10
The Bali Bombing
Is Bali still a dangerous spot after last year's bombing? Probably not. Or at least as not any more dangerous than anywhere else has now become as a result of the thuggery of Bush, Blair and Sharon. We had decided to go there for a few days this Christmas and had provisionally booked flights with Garuda, but now we're having second thoughts. Not because of a fear of being blown up though. (Having said that, I wouldn't recommend unnecessary trips to Jakarta or the southern part of the Philippines for the time being.)
Bali is known for its "in-your-face" vendors, violently selling anything from DVDs to sarongs. Business in Bali has plummeted since the bombing. Result: the vendors' profits are down. Impact on tourists who do go: even greater in-your-faceness.
So we're going to Hong Kong instead, and the main thing I'm looking forward to is landing on that famous runway they have over there. Or is that now gone?