Hi guys and gals. The Lone Grey Squirrel is back from his short week in the magical Indonesian island of Bali. I am happy to report that Bali is exceedingly squirrel friendly.
I am not just talking about the wonderful beaches, the therapeutical ocean waves and breezes, the famous Balinese hospitality, the meditative sounds of the gamelan, the stimulating culture or even the mind numbing and body pleasing Balinese massage. Bali is a place for healing frazzled squirrels.
Why there is even a God of Frazzled Squirrels! (see photo below). I found this statue of the God of Frazzled Squirrels near the hotel where I stayed in Nusa Dua. Clearly, people seeking the favor of the God and his help for a frazzled squirrel friend, come to the statue and make offerings and sacrifices which are placed in the convenient offering holder at the base of the statue. Strangely, the offerings consist mainly of sweet or ice cream wrappers.
The cool thing is that after the offerings are made, a squirrel can enjoy all the pleasures of the island and before the week is out, the frazzled squirrel has been replaced by a chilled out and relaxed squirrel (as seen stretched out on a poolside deck chair)
So, like the squirrel in the photo, I had a wonderfully relaxing time doing things slow. Normally, I am the type that has to cram in and see most of the top twenty tourist attractions of any holiday destination. You would not normally find me just chilling by the pool or reading a book while enjoying the sea breeze at the beach but that was exactly what I did this trip. I spent only one day doing the mad tourist and spent the rest of the time bumming. It was a good way to spend the holiday.
One of the last things that I did was to treat myself to a Balinese massage. It was blissful. Your body becomes so relaxed, that you feel that you could melt away ….and your mind reaches a new state of consciousness and wonder.
Specifically, I wondered whether the fact that I have been stuffing my face with food, drinking beer and had a massage would make my meat tender and evenly marbled with speckles of fat like what happens to the cattle in Kobe, Japan. Would I be a Bali version of Kobe Squirrel?