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Trip Start Oct 29, 2009
Trip End Dec 24, 2009

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

In all my foreign travels, I've never been sick enough to have to see a doctor, so my experience in Lovina would be a first. Our guide had contacted a local guide who had a motorcycle. I met him at dinner the night of our arrival, and he told me he'd pick me up around 8:30 the next morning at the hotel. After a thirty minute ride on the back of a motorcycle, I make it to the doctor's office, which looks like a home office. She lets me in right away (no wait like in America) and does all the standard ENT stuff: otoscope, laryngoscope, feeling my lymph nodes. She tells me I have a throat infection and gives me ear drops, a gargle, pain pills, anti-coughing pills, and antibiotics. All medication is delivered on site--no need to make a separate trip to the pharmacy. Total bill for doctor's appointment and five different medications: $60.
Plus $15 for the motorcycle ride.

I'm back at the hotel by 10:30 or so and spend the morning in bed reading. In the early afternoon, I'm feeling much better and head out to a local salon for a shave (it's been a week) and a haircut.

I'm feeling good enough to attend the Balinese feast that night, despite doctor's orders of no cold liquids or spicy foods.

Next morning one of my fellow travelers and I head out to the gorgeous Brahma Vihara Arama temple, which is featured on the back of the 50,000 rupiah note.
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