Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Bali for Kids

You can read under Where to Stay on the various areas to consider when choosing a place for you on the basis of Bali, so I will talk more extensively here.

* We learned that raising a family is absolutely central to most adults Balinese life of the people, and so it seemed quite natural that our children are around. Wherever we bumps in the local folks, we would soon be explaining our kids' age and learn something about the family of our interlocutor.

* Most restaurants had something that even picky eaters would tolerate. Many places near hotels had a mixture of Western food, such as steak or sandwcihes, as well as local food, the seafood of persuasion. When all else has failed EVERYWHERE nasi goreng, fried rice at the bottom. In many small places, it would be very difficult to be certain that a flat did not include some shellfish, or peanut oil or egg, so if you or your children have allergies that you need to stick to the most expensive places where dishes can be more easily adapted to your needs.

* No one, even the local people, drink tap water, if bottled water is available at a lower cost, even at the roadside stand the smallest. You need to help children brush their teeth using bottled water to be sure. We drank several brands, and no one had any problems with their tummies because of this.

* Our children are out of diapers, so that you do not care about yours. No, wait, that was not pleasant. Dry Pampers and Huggies are both available not only in department stores such as Macro and Hero, but also to stores like Circle K or K market. However, if you use layers of paper (or your children), you can always make your own with you.

* Good news for baby foods as well: Many different brands including Similac fortified with iron, are available. The wholesale price of a can usually US $ 9-10. It is available at the macro or superheroes to the department store. Gerber Baby Foods is the same price as at home, but the choice is more limited. No organic baby food to be found.

* Milk in restaurants is always made from powder. This may taste funny to some children. Most of milk for sale in shops was UHT milk, which may be unfamiliar to some of us. This milk is used on some high temperature, and then sealed in the box until you open the box of milk does not need to be refrigerated. We have not seen for sale anywhere any non-cow's milk (soy, goat, etc.), or of the variety common in many places (not fat, 2%, whole, etc. .)

* Bring hand wipes and disinfecting that goopy cream. Many places outside hotels have limited services to clean, and many foods are eaten with the hands, whether by design or simply because it happened. You and your children should not eat fruit that you do not peel them and they should carefully salads to eat when you are unsure of how much lettuce was washed. We have quite follow the rules and no one was sick.

* Most places, we have seen sit toilets, but outside the cities that you will find perhaps squatters (tell us more about toilets elsewhere). Many places had no toilet paper available, so bring some or a pack of tissues. Almost nowhere was a way to dry your hands, thus making a face towel for the children.

Special thanks to Paola, and Mark Lucas (pictured right) for their update on Bali.
Guide Books

We always use Lonely Planet guides. They are written by people who have actually spent more than a week in places they write about, and to include a healthy dose of history, culture and briefs as well as the hotel, restaurant and hiking recommendations.

The book on Bali (Lombok is a nearby island) is no exception. He has a wealth of information on the Balinese culture that we have enjoyed reading before our arrival, and then further assessed in terms of the house that we read on the scene and the things we saw.

Bali guide includes a wide range of recommendations than most other books, quite useful when you need to save a few dollars on dinner, or want more out-of-the-way place for a few nights.

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