Letter from Bali – XXI – The End (part one)
A considerate website recently sent me an e-mail reminding me I fly out in fifteen days time. We’re leaving Bali, likely never to return, as if I was going to forget it. Yesterday I took our passports in to obtain our exit visas (Casablanca anyone?), for which the government charges $20 and for which I pay $250 more in ‘administrative fluidity’ – optional insurance. Whoever manufactures those little brown envelopes is a happy man, I tell you. If you’ve read any of the letters up till now, you won’t even bat an eyelid at this nonsense; pay and smile and nod your head and go about your business. School is finished in less than two weeks, our year here is nearly over.