Discovering Kcymaerxthaere

Today was a good day.

We woke early to the sounds of construction outside but read in bed until Lynn finally got up for breakfast at 10 am.  I stayed in bed while she ate sesame balls, sticky rice stuffed with coconut, and more fresh fruit.  Eventually we both got up and read on the front porch for a while before lunch.

We dined again with our Dutch friend on stir fried chicken, and a plate of squid in a lemongrass and kefir lime sauce before returning to our books.  I had just finished The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest and was switching over to To Kill a Mockingbird, which Lynn is appalled that have never read, while she tried out some Jules Verne with Journey to the Center of the Earth.  Somewhere in the middle we booked flights from Santiago to Aruba and decided it was time for a swim.

What we did most of the day.
What we did most of the day.
Same thing, but with a shot of very intricately carved doorway.
Same thing, but with a shot of very intricately carved doorway.

The snorkeling was a bit murkier today but we saw more fish than we had seen so far and some very brightly colored coral before he headed back. We did not try the GoPro again, yesterday’s experiment had proven that it was not so great underwater in anything but optimal conditions.

We relaxed on the porch some more, just soaking in the view before our Dutch friend invited us for some mango she had been gifted by our hosts.  It seems she had been given five mangoes all for herself and her small child and she didn’t want to take responsibility for eating it all on her own.  Lynn, never one to turn down fresh fruit, accepted on our behalf and we chatted for a while on the veranda while discussing what was being built next to us.  It seems that an artist had commissioned some large monument to be built here and had sent over the wrong plans.  The sounds we had heard this morning had been the workmen demolishing and frantically rebuilding the monument before he arrives tomorrow.

Our American friend who had arrived the day before was able to shed some more light on the artist and even gave us a book of his.  To quote his About the Author “Eames Demetrios is a Kcymaerxthaere geographer at large.  Though he spends quite a bit of time (by all accounts) in the alternative universe, he manages to get quite a bit done in the linear world too.” Piecing together the nonsense we found in his book (one of six, though the only one published in our universe) and two activity books we have determined that he has made up a story about an alternate universe that overlays our “linear” universe.  He is placing “historical” markers all over the world to correspond to his universe of Kcymaerxthaere.  The book we have is a guidebook to his markers in the US, or rather Kymaerica & Parts of Sambaba Kymaerica.  As it turns out there is one marking the San Marcos River a 45 minute drive from our house and where I got SCUBA certified.  I would highly recommend everyone check out his website.  He apparently is also currently recording a talk at TEDx Singapore.  None of the guests here can figure out if he’s insane or just really into his artwork, either way we’re all agreed its really weird and none of us get it.

The monument midway through reconstruction.
The monument midway through reconstruction.
An delightful excerpt from Discovering Kymaerica.
An delightful excerpt from Discovering Kymaerica.
The "historical" marker located in San Marcos, Texas.
The “historical” marker located in San Marcos, Texas.

After our snack Lynn retired to our bungalow for a nap while I set up a hammock and continued reading overlooking the ocean.  Gradually the sun set and I headed back in to rinse the salt off before dinner.  For dinner we had more delicious grilled fish, stir fried vegetables, and coconut steams mushrooms and tofu, again with heaping piles of rice to supplement and fresh fruit for dessert. After dinner we hung around a little more reading before calling it a night.

Hammocks, reading by the ocean, eccentric artists who believe they live in alternate universes, and delicious fruit.  Yes indeed, today was a good day.

Doug enjoying his relaxing time.
Doug enjoying his relaxing time.
It seems every guesthouse has a dog or two in Southeast Asia. This is Sammy.
It seems every guesthouse has a dog or two in Southeast Asia. This is Sammy.

Daily Walking Mileage : 0.67 – our worst day yet by far.

Hours spent in a hammock by the ocean : 3 – I think that makes up for the walking

Fun Facts:

  • At every meal we’ve noticed a little plate of food and a small glass of water is prepared and left on the table as an offering.  It’s like a Balinese version of pouring one out for your homies.
  • Something has made the volcano angry again and all flights were cancelled today.  We have a backup plan to ferry to Java and then take a 6 hour bus to Surabaya where we can then take a very round about trip series of flights to Cairns over 2 days.
A NASA satellite image of our volcano predicament. We are on the left island and the airport is at the southern tip, right where the wind seems to blow the ash which Lynn earlier pointed out turns to molten glass and does not nice thing in jet engines.
A NASA satellite image of our volcano predicament. We are on the left island and the airport is at the southern tip, right where the wind seems to blow the ash, which Lynn earlier pointed out, turns to molten glass and does not nice things inside jet engines.

2 thoughts on “Discovering Kcymaerxthaere

    1. We are going to do Argentina (easy flights from NZ), Peru (needed to do the Inca trail before Feb because it closes that month), the bus through some more of Peru, Bolivia, and finally Chile!

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