Day #194 in lockdown in Mumbai, India hotel…Package from hell…

We’d been thrilled to see the intricate beauty of a red dragonfly that visited each day in Bali.

Today’s photos are from the post on this date in 2015 while staying in Sumbersari, Bali. For more on this date, please click here.

Over the past several days, we’ve gone back and forth with FedEx India about receiving our package from the US, which was shipped here in July and had been sitting in New Delhi since then. With dozens of email messages back and forth, often waiting a week for a response, phone numbers on their website that don’t answer, don’t work, or the lines are always busy, we are at our wit’s end.

Bonfire on the river next to the beach.

The value of all of the items we insured was around US $800, INR 58658. As a result, we rounded it off and insured it for US $1000, INR 73322, as a precaution. Based on the insured amount, they value the contents, and we are being charged US $947, INR 69406 in customs taxes and fees. Oh, good grief. It’s frustrating. We will never order another package from the US again! We’ve had our fill of these frustrating and stressful situations.

Even plain leaves may be symmetrical and beautiful.

Today, we received a notice stating the package was delayed further since we haven’t paid the customs fees. There is nowhere online at their site to pay the fees! They then suggested we pay in cash!  We don’t have that kind of money on hand in rupees. We’d have to go to seven ATMs to get enough money that would expose us to the virus, seven times over. Why can’t we pay with a credit card?

The endless varieties of “growing things” Mother Nature bestows upon our earth is astounding.

This morning, when I went downstairs to pay this past month’s bill with a slip of paper, I asked the front desk for their help, including the amount, the tracking number, and phone number. The management staff emphatically stated they must take a credit card. They are working on resolving this for us.

When we first arrived for our second stay in Bali, I noticed this red dragonfly, as shown in today’s main photo, fluttering around the two koi ponds by either side of the front entryway. Much to my delight, it returns almost every day to the exact location.

When we’ve called, there is a language barrier making communication difficult. Hopefully, soon, the hotel staff will call us back with a resolution. This is so frustrating we both could scream.

Many varieties of coconut trees are found throughout the world. These are a different variety than we’d seen in other countries, with a softer flesh.

Also, in the past 24-48 hours, I’ve received zillions of email messages from our readers who haven’t received our automatic daily email messages with the latest post. I’ve tried to respond to each one when finally, as of this morning, our web developers had resolved the issue. What a relief! Thanks! If you are not receiving the emails and have signed up, please let me know by email.

The tiniest and most straightforward blooms can be breathtaking.

We’ve finished our US taxes with our accountant in Nevada, our home state, paid our tax bill, and can put that behind us until after January 30 pops up again. Also, yesterday I worked on #4 of the required five 2000 word posts for website optimization and will be done by Monday. From there, I’ll have one left, which I’ll complete next week. Only then will I sigh with relief, especially if we have received the package from FedEx by then.

This frog is not unlike the frog visitor we saw almost every day in South Africa over the years.

Today, the front desk informed me that the restaurant would be opening soon while I paid the recent bill. This isn’t necessarily of interest to us. We have felt safe dining in our room these past many months. Not wearing a mask while eating doesn’t necessarily give us peace of mind when people we know have contracted the virus from dining in restaurants, as far as they could tell. We’ll continue to dine in our room for both breakfast and dinner each day.

Plumeria is often used to make leis in Hawaii. In Bali, they’re also used for religious offerings and decorations.

Could our level of frustration be higher than usual right now due to our circumstances? Most assuredly. But, as always, we’ll pull ourselves “up by our bootstraps” and get it together. Receiving that package containing our new passports will surely let us relax while we continue to wait out our options.

We’ve found these pretty flowers throughout the world, from the bougainvillea in Kenya to Bali.

Have a peaceful day! We’re working on it!

Photo from one year ago today, October 3, 2019:

 This photo of a lamb on the farm in Witheridge, Devon, England, sent us swooning with delight. For more photos, please click here.

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