Bali Hi (1)

Note: Son No.1 suffered from travel sickness, which was generally avoided with a diet of ginger nuts, but there are none to be had in Indonesia. This is strange because this country is one of the world’s major producers of ginger.
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2.8.88.
Ayu Cottages, Kuta
(Rp.15,000 per night)

Sam was sick in the taxi to the airport, or would have been if the plastic bag hadn’t been readily available and my rudimentary Indonesian up to getting the driver to stop.

We were hijacked at Bali Airport by a moonlighting civil servant: “Government workers aren’t paid much.” But for Rp.20,000 plus two fares for Rp.160,000 we’ve booked a Merpati flight to Labuhanbajo in Flores (Gateway to Komodo) for Sunday “pagi-pagi” (i.e. bloody early morning)

Now I’m already worried about a few things: Sam’s travel sickness and have we got enough money? The main problem, however, is that we’ve got to travel back overland and sea to Jakarta and one month isn’t long enough already!

3 hours later
A discussion, an agreement. We’ll forge ahead if, but only if, we can get info about ferries etc. tomorrow in Denpasar.
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Our eaterie welcomed us with Shankar’s Song For Everyone, and the music has gone down since then; it couldn’t get better though!

It’s muddy in Poppies Lane, our accommodation is a building site, expansion for god knows how many Aussies et al. Strangely, they not much in evidence now. Perhaps the day’s rain and the evening cool mitigates against the pub crawls I’ve wanted to avoid..

Still, with snorkeling trips available at Rp.7,000, swimming trunks bought anew – from Rp.9,000>Rp.5,000 (“but they’re batik, mister“) – perhaps the holiday spirit is beginning to take hold. This evening, to go with my large bottle of San Miguel for Rp.1,600 I had a pineapple pancake; I could have had a banana one because that’s the circuit we’re on.

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A Brit Abroad
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