“It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal.” Joaquin Phoenix
We woke up early this morning and went to the Jimbaran Bay Fish Market. We rode bikes. I haven’t ridden a bike in many, many years. I needed a few blocks to practice but after that, I think I did OK. I didn’t die so I must have done pretty good. The driving is a little bit crazy in Bali compared to the US, you must be focused at all times. I drive on the right side of the road in the US and they drive on the left in Bali, so remembering that and orienting yourself properly is half of the battle. The other half is the part about not dying. If you don’t die, it is a good day.
We found a half-dead kitten at the fish market and our host, Lydia, took her home and named her “Mina” (the sanskrit word for fish). Lydia has the biggest heart for animals. There are all kinds of stray cats and dogs here and she takes care of them all. Seriously, all of them. She brings dog food on the bike ride so that she can feed random animals in the street. She is such a loving soul. She takes care of us too! Lydia rode next to me on the bike so I wouldn’t be afraid when the cars and motorcycles zoomed past this morning. She said: “I’m on the outside, so they will hit me and you will be safe!” No one was hit and I wouldn’t want her to get hit by a car, but it was so sweet that she offered. People who have known me my whole life wouldn’t offer to be hit by a car to save me and she just met me three days ago. She’s a sweetheart. LOL.