Trip Start Jul 08, 2011
11Trip End Aug 24, 2011
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I've fallen a little behind on my blog so you're about to get 2 entries within a day or two.
My misfortune seemed to continue for a couple more days after the close encounter with the currents while SCUBA diving. One night a rat decided to go to town on one of my Keen sandals (other than a pair of flip flops, these are my only shoes). It's customary to leave your shoes outside of your room and one morning I noticed the lace and the back strap were chewed apart. It didn't look like the work of a dog so I'm assuming it was a rat. Luckily I can still wear it, well for the remainder of my trip I can.
That same day I realized I had an ear infection, a very common occurrence from diving. I stopped at a pharmacy to pick up some ear drops but after 24 hours, the pain was so severe that I stopped using the drops and went to a hospital. I was in Makassar, a large city, so I felt quite comfortable going to their hospital. No one at the reception desk spoke English so they had to find a doctor that spoke some English to help me register then he took me right in to see the appropriate doctor. The doctor tried to examine me but my ear was so inflamed that she couldn't even look inside the ear. She prescribed an anti-inflammatory, an antibiotic, and one other pill I don't recall what it was though. I'm happy to say that ear is now better, and luckily just in time for my last diving excursion in Indonesia.
One afternoon to beat the heat in Makassar I stopped for some ice cream. A woman started talking to me and we sat down together to continue our conversation. She was wearing a head scarf so I had to ask her why she wasn't observing Ramadan (she was drinking an orange Fanta). She said that eventhough she was raised in a Muslim family, she doesn't consider herself Muslim. She wears the scarf out of respect, but she prefers to be "free like a butterfly". As we continued to talk she continued to surprise me. She carries around a keychain with a penis on it and she actually used the words "dick" and "pussy" in conversation. She used to be a teacher, she's a nurse now, so the next day she brought me to her old school to show me around. We got there just before the morning session was over and I have to say that I was a big hit. With each classroom I went into the students came running to me wanting to talk to me, although they barely spoke any English. So Gusti, the x-rated butterfly acted as our translator. I obviously apologized to every teacher for interrupting their classroom, but not one teacher seemed to mind. After I left one classroom to go to the next, the students from the previous classroom(s) would follow me and crowd in the doorway to watch. It was quite a special day.
Hope you're well...