I've enjoyed reading this thread, especially Markit on his soap box. Every foreigner who lives in a place like Bali essentially has a strong character. Thumps could be quite suited here. Whilst this tough character may remain or even strengthen, many of the preconceptions soon seem like distant dreams. I'm not saying it is not nice here, the place still has a lot going for it, but when things go bad, well that strength of character comes in handy.