Monday, June 09, 2008

Bye, Bye Bali : Indonsian to Toronto

I thought I'd said a sad farewell to Bali after Sunday brunch on the beach at Ku De Ta in Kuta.

But seated next to me on the Cathay Pacific flight from Denpasar, Bali to Hong Kong was a 19-year-old Balinese boy (man) with an English phrase book.

It was his first trip out of Indonesia; he was off to Toronto to stay with his uncle and aunt. There he would spend four months, learning English in school, and finding out about the whys and why nots of Canada and North America.

Granted, his English was limited, but far better than my Balinese.

He asked me about the weather, the food and the people of Canada.

I told him the weather would either be hot or cold; the food either good or bad; and the people for the most part fun and friendly.

It will be one of the biggest chapters of his life.

Be kind to him. I don't even know his name. But he'll ask you yours.

Balinese Sunset at Kuta, Indonesia
Photo by Sue Frause

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