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Sure, we’ve seen our fair share of accidents/accident victims.  After seeing the chaos that are the roads here in Asia, it is not surprising that most of the accidents are related to traffic.  To foreigners, this translates into mostly white peeps limping around with big scabs or on crutches because of motorcycle accidents.

I myself always wanted to drive a scooter, against my better judgement.  But since being here, I’ve changed my mind. I even met this French guy on the bus, Greg, who had huge scabs on his arms and legs.  Upon inquiring about his lamentable condition, he proceeded to recount the story of how he “almost died” (his words, not mine) while riding a scooter.  When trying to divert because of a dog that all of a sudden dashed across the road, Greg’s motorcycle flipped and landed on him.  He immediately thought:  “Oh God, I will die alone and nobody will ever know what happened to me.” He laid paralyzed in the middle of a major road, while the Laotians stared at him, without any indication that they were going to help him.  He was later told that the people thought he was dead and wanted nothing to do with the bad spirits/ghosts.

Anyhow, this has been the extent of our witnessing to accidents.  However, the weirdest thing has happened in this happy place we call Bali; we have seen more accidents here than in any other place.  Let me go through the list:

1)  During the first couple of days, one of the ladies staying at the hotel got bitten by a monkey (just down the street) and rushed to the hospital–ok, this one is only a little bit funny, but only because it didn’t happen to me

2)  The yoga retreat’s daughter was sleeping under a glass window that shattered during a storm and cut the little girl’s back on several places

3)  One of the yoga retreat participants had her flight be delayed when somebody DIED on the plane she was about to board.  The deceased was only 31-years-old

4)  Another of the girls had her legs burned by a motorcycle exhaustor

5)  Diesel’s plane, which was Tokyo-bound, had to divert to Osaka because a UPS plane crashed in Tokyo, and the airport closed

6)  Need I say more?

Is all of this morbid or not?


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