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... me after getting back home. She said she is going to check up on that. She plans to try meditation, but not just yet. I don't press the meditation point anyway, its something you need to feel you are ready for. She swam for a bit, and then we decided to try the hamam. The hamam was obviously segregated based on sex, since its a muslim country. I finally got the hamam experience that I had missed in Turkey. It was a nice half hour sitting in a stone room, with steam ...
... back to Jakarta to be examined and it turned out the beast is the largest lizard of the Monitor family. It flicks a forked tongue at its prey but doesn't really spit fire.
Of course there is a second version of the history. Famed naturalist Alfred Wallace wrote of the dragons in 1869...but it was an American pilot who flew at low altitude over Komodo and became the first Westerner to see the dragons. And it was not until ...
... some really nice photographs on exhibition available for purchase but all in all it wasn't as impressive. From here we headed to Pasar Baru, a shopping street around the corner but we didn't do much except walk through with nothing jumping out at us. Hoping to get out of the city we headed for Barivita or the old town which was located near the harbour. It took a train ride out but it is pretty accessible - en route to the train we walked past children playing on garbage hills ...
... local place he recommended for dinner. He advised that I should not walk anywhere, and, he recommended I take a cab to a mall. I cannot express how uninterested I was in doing that. So...I settled on dinner at the hotel restaurant, which did have a few Indonesian dishes on the menu.
I was the only diner that evening. I had some great service! The waiter was very sweet and inquisitive about the US. When I saw him again at lunch on my last day he was so excited. ...