As much as we are enjoying our travels, would we swap our lives with any of the dozens of people we have met along the way? Many of the people we have met make far, far less than even those considered below the poverty level in the United States. Infrastructures in many of the countries are extremely inadequate for the masses they are expected to serve. Even people in first world countries like New Zealand and Australia experience floods, typhoons, earthquakes, and enormous fires and have to deal with the aftermath of those disasters.
This taxi driver is far from "nothing." He was articulate, knew two languages well, was technologically versed, and was thoughtful. However, his chances of improving his life in a society with a strong caste system and in a country with such poverty are very limited. We like to believe that despite poverty, people are happy.This "Wayan" was not. No, we would not swap our lives....and somehow, that hurts.
Images are of the cremation tower, an egg artist, and rice workers all from Bali, Indonesia
Posted from Sandakan, Malaysia