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... The couple were heading to Kuta, the tourist backbone of Bali. Myself and the Latin girl's ticket took us to Denpesar, Bali's capital, though only 20 minutes away from Kuta. We assumed as he was taking the other two to Kuta anyway, he wouldn't mind dropping us off there too. We assumed wrong. On the ferry crossing, the driver demanded a ridiculous amount of money to take us the short distance extra to Kuta. He also picked up an American guy, now living in Bali, who ...
... for 2.. And 3 was not negotiable at all..
In any case we have met also tree local girls which helped us getting the right train tickets and were we left the bags for some time due to the early checkout in the hotel.
The train we took was the one to Yogyakarta from there we want to visit the Prambanan temple complex and the Borobudur temple ...
... on the floor with mosquito nets hung over them. They were actually surprisingly comfortable and only slightly damp. Before we went to bed, and then again in the morning, the crew would point us to the shower and suggest that we should use it. I tried to politely decline and make excuses, because while I really did not want to shower in the black river water I figured that this was what they were used to and how rude is it to tell someone that what ...
... the street.
Fireworks are going off in all directions.
We head off to bed about 12.30 and surprisingly the fireworks stop soon after and we finally sleep.
We have a bit of a tradition that we spend New years eve in a different place/Country each year and so far we have spent a few in Bali, 1 in Singapore,
1 in Thailand/Bangkok, 1 in Vietnam/Saigon, 1 in Kuala Lumpur, 1 in Adelaide and now here in Java.
Wonder where next years will be ...
In the afternoon we go on a walk near the lodge through the villages. We walk down to a bat cave. It requires a bit of scrambling and we get quite dirty, but it turns out well worth the effort. The bat cave is an overhanging rock over a river bed. And on the ceiling there are thousands and thousands of bats. A lot of them fly around and make a lot of noise. Quite an impressive sight.
We also see a couple of ...