Not only did we have a great time in this tropical paradise but also came home with a couple of treasures including a 1 metre statue by one of Bali's great master craftsmen - a fabulous wood carver from Mas village and owner of the Ngurah Gallery there. He has had two exhibitions in Australia and is due for a third soon.
The birds in the head dress of the small goddess symbolise good luck and that good luck was working for us on our return flight. We left Denpasar airport early (1am) yesterday morning in the midst of a tropical storm and experienced a lot of turbulence soon after take off. After some very bumpy flying there was a loud bang on our side of the aircraft - the plane had been struck by lightning!! Luckily there was no damage and all the instrumentation was still working.