Talitha Van Dyk, 58, is from Holland and the owner of two hair salons

What is the greatest lesson life has taught you?
Live when you can; don’t wait.

What’s most important?
Health and honesty.

What advice would you give the younger generations?
Enjoy your life and wait to have children.

Are you worried about dying?

No. I live for now and enjoy life every day. When it’s over, it’s over.

What was the happiest time of your life?
It’s now! We are working a lot, have nice children and my husband and I are very happy.

And the worst?
When I was in fifth grade I had a very bad teacher, and I was very unhappy.

What’s humanity all about?

About being happy around other people and helping them if you can.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

Because of money. Everything is about money, and the richest, most powerful people always want more and more.

Is a peaceful world possible?

I don’t think so. I would like it, but the industry of war is very lucrative for a lot of people.

How old do you feel?

Is one lifetime enough?

I would like to do many things, so at least I hope I will be very old when I die.

How has Bali changed?

I first came here in 1995, and it was very busy and crowded with people. To go to the center of Kuta, you had to book a taxi. But after the bombings it got very quiet. Now it’s getting busier again.

Has tourism been good for Bali?

Yes. It has been good for the locals, and their businesses.

What’s the major difference between the East and the West?
Eastern people are not stressed; they are always laughing. Back in Holland, people are not so happy; they don’t have time. They are always working, and you have to make appointments for everything.

Have you ever doubted your religion?

I am Christian, so I believe in God, but there are many things to question. I don’t really know if I believe in life after death, for example. So I’ll wait and see.

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