10.02am - Taking It Balinese-y
Trip Start Jan 07, 2010
77Trip End Dec 13, 2010
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Another day, another country. My Indonesian visa took up a whole page in my passport, which concerns me slightly because thanks to Australian immigration and their hard on for stamping clean pages this time around, I only have thirteen clean pages in my passport. Some countries are funny about it having to be a clean page for a stamp, others, like Indonesia, require a whole page to stick in a visa, so I hope I don't run out of space before I run out of countries to visit.
Other than that, and various backpack related difficulties (not being able to wear either one due to sunburn, dragging my big one across my foot and accidentally slicing half my toenail off), my journey to Bali was fairly simple. Everything is insanely cheap here – due to the aforementioned issues with carrying my bags, I decided to get a cab to Ubud rather than the bus. The journey takes about an hour, and it was two hundred thousand rupiah. That sounds mental, until you
I got a hot tip from Craig and Michael, the Bristolian guys on Waya, that if you’re at a loss in Asia, there’s always film after film on HBO. I can now confirm this is true. When I arrived last night, I was exhausted, so I did a bit of writing, a bit of reading, and watched a couple of films before bed. When I realised I was watching Madagascar 2 in Balinese, a film I’ve never especially wanted to see in English (my Antarctic friends Jacqui and Anna’s endless recommendations
My sunburn has begun to peel tremendously, which I guess is a good sign (I really do look like a leper now, Lowri). I find it disgusting, and yet am compelled to mess with it. Still, another couple of days out of the sun is probably a good idea, just to let it heal properly, and then I’ll be on it. Lots to see in Ubud and the whole of Bali – I think I may have to do one of the proper tours to see it all, because there’s just too much to do under my own steam. My ongoing battle between wanting to see animals and my conscience saying they should be out in the wild also took a new turn when I saw a leaflet for the Bali Safari & Marine Park with a Siberian tiger on the front. Covet. The leaflet boasts of their great conservationism credentials though, so I might have to take a trip over there in the next few days all the same.