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About Jakartass

A Brit Abroad

I Walk To Find Myself

They tried to persuade me not to cross the curious hills, finally, shrugging, called me foolish, stubborn. That’s how it is, I said. I’m going where my pig is headed. These words, found on a greetings card, are the preface … Continue reading

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August 1988

I’d taken a month’s leave in order to take Son No.1 along the backpacker trail of Indonesia, and this was to be our first major travel together. We’d already spent many weekends and weeks exploring France, but they were close … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Bali Hi (2)

4.8.88 Berlian Inn, Kuta Our early morning dip was good, with reasonable body surfing. It was a long way out, a gradual slope to the breaking surf; this meant that we were some way from our clothes, towel, my ‘spare’ … Continue reading

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Bali Hi (3)

Monday 7.8.88 Ubud When we arrived on Saturday we headed for Monkey Forest Road and checked out several places before settling on Nick’s Pension. This was because it nestled among rice terraces down the slope near a babbling brook which … Continue reading

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Bali Hi (4)

Tuesday 8.8.88 Ubud Still with our hired bikes, we walked across the suspension bridge over the Campuan River and up the steep hill to the Neka Art Museum. This was built in 1966 by Suteja Neka who attempted to gather … Continue reading

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Bali Hi (5)

Wed. 9.8.88 Bangli Bangli is a very quiet town! We’re awaiting lunch ~ Sam’s first nasi goreng. Artha Sastra Inn (Rp.9.000) is a truly delightful place, an old palace residence run by really friendly people. We’re in the inner courtyard … Continue reading

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Bali Hi (6)

Friday 12.8.88 Sri Homestay, Anturan Beach, west of Singaraja We seem to have found one of those quiet idyllic beach bolt-holes complete with sunset and friendly people which I sub-consciously seek on my tropical travels. There are no souvenir vendors … Continue reading

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Bali Hi (7)

Monday 15.8.88 Nirwana Cottages We moved 4 kms so we could have coconut palms obscuring the view of the sunset. Lovina has a long way to go before it reaches the crescendo of Kuta; hopefully it never will. The waves … Continue reading

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Bali Hi (8)

17.8.88 Terima Homestay – Labuan Lalang It was a long way along the north coast by bemo from Lovina. The ride was one of those laden with wild life, tame local people, ducks and 10 gallon containers of home brew … Continue reading

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