Swiss-Belhotel Borneo Banjarmasin
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We left Bali, a group of 6 for the long pilgrimage to the jungle home of the native Dayak people in south Borneo. For the 'rainbow gathering' (hippie commune in the jungle, for 1 month).
This involved numerous long bus and taxi rides and 2 boat rides. In all a 5 day affair of non stop traveling.. Quite absurd when the flight was probably much cheaper! but it was all taken as part of the group experience (and to avoid supporting the consumption of excessive ...
... any fat wave....screaming like a mad man! At first strong waves would drag me and the 8 foot board under and barrel me for a while leaving me panicky and wanting to give up. Getting barrled hard and dragged 10 metres over corral its easy to panic... Half the surfers had fat scars or broken bones.... But i figured ... Pragmatically your under for only really 20 seconds max ... Once i learned to relax it was fine.. And i changed my attitude to ...
Banjarmasin is a big city--it sprawls for miles--but does not have big buildings or much tourism. We landed at a tiny airport (half of the planes were prop planes) and made our way into the city to figure out how to leave the city (to get into the jungle and see Orangutans). We looked into getting a bus, but it was filled up for the next day already and flights on that day were expensive, so we had to wait another day to ...
... bananas to feed to the hoards of monkeys inside the sanctuary. Immediately upon entering we were greeted by a group of macaque monkeys with the most adorable little baby. Some of the adult monkeys were particularly brazen in their attempts to grab our bananas and 2 of them came and sat on our laps while they ate. After spending some time "monkeying" around we hit the Ubud streets fr some amazing handicraft shopping. An area well known for its ornate ...
... 200 very disappointed people that morning as Mount Bromo never appeared out from behind the dense fog!!! At least the fog had lifted a bit by the time we got down to the crater so we got some good pics of the sulphur coming out of the crater after the killer climb up to it!!. After breakfast we set out to make our way to Bali. This was another 15 hour journey with no updates or information on when we would arrive. We got to the main bus terminal in Bali after ...
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- Continental Breakfast
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