Days 56-58: Moped Drives & Sunset Dinners

Trip Start May 20, 2008
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Trip End Aug 19, 2008


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Kedin's Inn

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Friday, July 18, 2008

The Internet cafe runner is giving me free mineral water as a reward for my loyalty. This is surely a bad sign. As a result, and due to a lack of much else to talk about, I'm going to gloss through the rest of Bali. It's been a pretty slow couple of days with relaxing bike rides around the island and minimal stories to tell, so I shan't feel guilty about glossing through it. So, what's happened... lots of beach bumming, lots of sleep, lots of swimming, lots of biking out to deserted forgotten beaches and lazying around there too... Visited this one temple built atop a seaside cliff, it was the highlight of Bali for me sightseeing wise. Also battled a non-stop sniffle that I'm sure is from the half a billion exotic flowers lining the streets here, I've never had problems with that before but I don't know what else could be causing it. The Sudafed I packed didn't help but the local Indonesian fare has to a decent extent. I've had some great seafood as well, the best of which was had at a warung (cafe) literally right on the sand as I watched the sunset. A giant whole grilled fish, rice, greens, and honeydew juice on one side of the table, my bright yellow "SE Asia on a Shoestring" book on the other, and a golden waterfront setting sun in front of me... "Victory" was the word that went through my mind. I flashed back to when I'd been reading that book in LA brainstorming the adventure, and now I was here. It was a glorious, if random moment of catharsis. Also, the waves at this beach... they rolled in slowly, one every full minute or so. In between waves was this near-perfect silence. It was as if reality was holding it's breath, and releasing every so often when the water rolled in. Pure magic.

I've been taking it easy in preparation for the intense next two weeks. Tomorrow I fly to Sumatra, Indonesia's angry dark heart, long exploited by Java and given little in return, where I will take part in a jungle dark in hopes of spotting some wild Orangutan. If I leave Indonesia without seeing one, this entire trip is a failure. I will thus not leave until I see one. Plotting a flight there from here was a bit tricky, AirAsia's Bali>Jakarta>Medan (Sumatran city) schedule was not Charles-friendly. It would require me to fly out Sunday and get to the Orangutan preserve Monday, not leaving decent breathing room to make it to Bangkok by the following Sunday and meet Jeff (I still need you're flight info btw! I don't even remember whether you were using Air China or China Air, bah) As a result, I am making a gamble. The Bali>Kuala Lumpur>Medan schedule is very much in my favor, and if all pans out I'll get to the park by tomorrow night. There's just one nit though, AirAsia is strictly point to point and doesn't coordinate connecting flights, meaning I'm going to have to pick up my rucksack in KL airport, go through Malaysian immigration, recheck the back, go back through immigration, and get on the 2nd flight. I have a 2.5h layover in KL which should leave barely enough time to do this if the plane runs on time, but it probably won't. We'll see if the gamble pays off. If it pays off, I'll have gotten two additional days in Sumatra. If it doesn't, it'll be an expensive mistake. We'll see how it goes. There also probably won't be Internet out there, so this will be the last entry until the night of the 26th.

See you on the other side.

---Vital Signs---
Food Poisonings = ZERO
Sicknesses = Goddamnit
Orangutans = Hopefully many
Lil Monkeys Wrestled = Almost had to
Bintangs = 5
Lost Tribes Discovered = 0
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