Travel, when it’s finished, is about images … visual and mental. This picture-perfect heliconia, aka Lobster Claw, was 15 feet from our deep, shady porch in Ubud, Bali.
The contrast of brilliant colors against a living wall of green was simple and starkly beautiful. And every single day, Terri and I enjoyed this lovely bloom with coffee in the morning, and drinks in the evening. I love this photo because it’s a pleasant reminder of the magic of Bali.
Unfortunately, the mental image that comes to mind is the bastard mosquito which, on one of these fine days, gave me my second case of dengue fever. Like every traveler I have vivid memories of all my serious travel maladies, and in every instance, I remember exactly where I was and how I felt.
It’s hard to be philosophical when any disease is raging through your body, and being sick on the road is never fun. But the reality is that it’s an unescapable part of the travel experience, and hardy travelers deal with it and move on.
And in retrospect, even with the fever, I wouldn’t have missed Ubud, our time on the porch, and this fantastic flower.