The melancholic task of packing and paying the bill would be known by many. The return flight has not been checked as yet, and will be delayed. Still an opportunity to listen to the rooster next door and greet the wayan and ketuts standing immobile between the palms with the broadest of smiles. Don’t fool yourself, get ready for the derisive remarks, the banalities of home and pettiness of the shopping malls, the huge silent bodies shuffling and eating in desperate isolation.
There is still time to again go past all the bikes packed with kids both at front and back,all laughing or at least smiling endlessly. The chatting by friends squatting on the broken bits of pavement. Amongst all the chaos a couple of boys playing chess on a board of which the black and white squares have almost worn off. Would you like to play a game, one of them asked?
Just stay a while, but we can’t. we will be back.