Cant think of a title for this one, sorry

Trip Start Dec 28, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Indonesia  , Bali,
Sunday, July 25, 2010

so last you heard from me oh my dear reader me and my sister were just finishing up some diving and snorkeling over on Borneo.  once again we take multiple flights and end up on the island of Bali.  Some people knock Bali for being too touristy and full of Australians but i really do find this island beautiful most of the time (except for kuta). 

We had decided to skip the night club scene of kuta and head directly to the town of Ubud that is up in the mountains a bit and a little less hectic.  we arrived at the hotel at about 10pm after a 2 hour taxi ride and we were directed to a lavish room.  it wasn't really a room but more of a small compound with a "Balinese style" villa right in the middle.  there was a small moat and foot bridge leading on to the grounds and the whole area was covered in wild orchids of every color and shape.  the bathroom was completely outside (behind a nice little wall) with a bath tub the size of a small car.  the strange thing about this room was that there were no doors.  n one at all. there was no room key because there was no lock because there was no door. very strange.

it was about 30 minutes after arriving that i realized that the taxi driver had forgotten to unload a small bag of mine when he was emptying out the trunk.  it wasn't a big deal really, just about $2000 worth of dive equipment.  well when i realized this i ran up to the front desk and they actually managed to track him down after about a half hour of trying.  the bag was indeed still in the trunk and he would be more then happy to bring it back to me in the morning.  Thank god.

The next day Sari and i just walked around town and looked in all of the shops that lined the streets.  right in the middle of town was the monkey forest temple which sure enough had a butt ton of monkeys running all over the place.  I'm talking hundreds of macaques running hither and yon.  at one point i had one on my head and one hanging off of my back pack.  these are not trained monkeys and they are quite aggressively looking for food and things to play with.  Sari learned this the hard way when one of them unzipped her bag and tried stealing various things.  lesson of the day, monkey's are little bastards!

The weather was a bit cooler up there in the mountains and it lightly rained here and there but nothing too serious.  after two glorious nights in the compound we got onto another taxi and headed to the town of lovina which is at the far northern part of Bali.  Now there was nothing "wrong" with lovina but there was really nothing much to see and no real town to speak of.  their claim to fame is a morning boat ride where you can see some dolphins which is pretty cool but I'm not sure it was worth the 3 hour ride through the cloud forest and isolation of the location.  the cool thing though was that the hotel we stayed at actually had dolphins you could swim with and sari gave it a go.  the dolphin whose name was "Johnnie walker" really liked sari and was very ummmmmmm "excited".  very funny to watch.

OK next stop stretch here we come!!
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Aunt Katie on

You have such a way with words Neal. Thanks for staying in touch.

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