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bali and java 2011!

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join us as we return to indonesia in june of 2011,this time determined to see some new sights!

the 1st leg of the trip is from los angeles to taipei.

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actual ticket stubs from the actual trip,actually.

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here we are somewhere over the pacific...

but still in the plane.

you know what i mean.

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after the meds wore off i woke up enough to notice that we are nearing japan.

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looks like we are right over osaka,"food capitol" of japan!

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airplane food is getting worse.this is allegedly "breakfast."

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everyone eats,though,cuz it keeps you occupied for a while.

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i learned some chinese words,all of them were "xiexie."

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the anticipation builds.

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this little girl looks sweet here,but she kept everyone within a 12-row radius up most of the night.

i felt sorry for her parents,they were simply at a loss to keep her quiet.the look on their faces was similiar to

that of shell-shocked WWI troops i have seen in pictures.

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heres what japan looks like to chinese people.

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it looks nice out there but its really 70 degrees below zero,or something equally ridiculous.

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finally we reach taipei after 14 hours or so & we must trudge down the longest corridor EVER.

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6:30 am local time.

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on the train from terminal I to terminal II & the spirits are running high!

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if this is a Rohrschach test all i see is colonel sanders.

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remodeled resto at the taipei airport!

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perrier costs 200 taipei dollars.

you do the math.

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soup comes with a bewildering array of condiments.

i ate all mine & jes' too.

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jes doesnt like fish cake(the white thing with the pink center) so i get all hers.

cha-ching!

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the massage chair was free if you walked to the other end of the terminal & got tokens.

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most airports overseas have "prayer rooms." what we were supposed to pray about right before getting on a

plane was NOT what i wanted to think about.

all the major religions were represented.

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the weird light around the door was creeping me out.

i expected to see a sign saying "the deity is IN."

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something tells me this will be the longest thread of them all.

goodie :)

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:interesting: Comfortable chair and cup of tea at the ready! Bring it on! :)
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Do the Nazis pray to Hitler?

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Realistic Paul, I also feel like I took the day-long trip and am still sitting at the airport. :D

Matty, that is hinduism. The swastika is a very ancient solar symbol that the nazis adopted giving it a bad stigma. Hinduism has always used it. C'mon, don't jeopardize this thread; leave it for the end, after Paul is done posting the last pic. :evil:

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Paul, I've always admired your covert photography. You're a pro at this now. Can't wait to see "what happened next"!

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I see that you are still not out of the airport yet.... I'll come back later. :)

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after a short 3 hour lay-over in taipei we board for our final destination.

ummm,bali,yeah,thats it.

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only 5 & 1/2 more hours!

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taiwan from the air.

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lets see if the computer graphic corresponds to the view out the porthole...

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yep,looks good to me!

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still over the coast of taiwain.

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somewhere over borneo,i think.

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getting closer to bali! :drool:

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the plane was so new it still had that "new plane" smell.

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finally we are there!

our plane lands at about 2:30 pm & it takes about 1/2 hour to get thru customs &

collect our luggage.

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we are pretty worn out by the time we get to our room at the keraton hotel in jimbaran,

so i grab my 1st beer of the trip,a bali hai from the fridge in the room. the 1st one

always tastes the best!

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i get to the pool as quickly as possible to avoid any serious medical complications from

too little relaxment.

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did you see any palm plants?

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Hey.... that is a nice hotel. I like the pool. I can add to your thread later, Paul... Some nice garden pics from the Bali Bird Park :)

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that would be cool,ari.

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jes enjoys the complimentary "welcome drink."

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jimbaran beach is right out back of our hotel. its one of my fave beaches due to its laid-back

atmosphere.

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the sun is getting low.

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a newly married couple heads to the shore for some beachy "just-married" pix.

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behind me you can see the airstrip where we landed about 2 hrs.earlier.

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newlyweds are still at it.

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nearly sun-down and once its below the horizon it gets dark fast!

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the other awesome thing about jimbaran is the seafood restos right on the beach(on the sand!)

we usually have lobster but its kind of expensive so this time we got a grilled fish & it

was excellent.

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its the beginning of the busy tourist season so there were alot of

people out enjoying the evening.

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we were pretty tired after a full 24 hours of travel.

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still,i managed to get some plant shots as we stumbled back to the hotel.

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the next morning i got a few more before breakfast,like this spider lily.

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nice coloration on these elephant ears.

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the keraton hotel has an awesome garden!

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licuala grandis.

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ptychosperma species.

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incredible bonsai collection on the hotel grounds,well-documented with tags

telling how old the plant is.

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cool way of displaying orchids so i stole this idea for my own

evil purposes.

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musicians play traditional music as we eat breakfast.

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we both LOVE bali coffee!

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nice view looking over the pool towards the beach.

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after breakfast & a little pool time we venture out.

i needed to buy a new sim card for my indonesian cell phone.

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"feed me!"

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biggest cereal bowl ever!

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trying to get used to local time by walking in the midday tropical sun.

genius.

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temple guardian near the hotel.

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some queen palms at the keraton hotel,the only ones i've seen in bali.

i noticed them on a previous stay & they are still lookin' good.

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this would be cool in my back yard.

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they are a crafty people.

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"i'm hungry!"

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we ate lunch at a small warung right across the street from

the hotel. much cheaper & usually better than hotel food,although there are some

exceptions.

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its always a good idea to eat where the locals eat.

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the market has lotsa neat stuff,like these little baskets made from palm leaves.

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we stopped at a little shop to buy a sim card that was also a photo studio & about

a dozen other things.

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the bundles on the right look like palm leaves since they are kinda yellow in the middle.

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bamboo along the street tied together,perhaps to keep it out of the way of passing vehicles.

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jes has a continuing fascination with what balinese people can put on a bike or motorbike.

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balinese for "gas station."

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Palms and planes! What a combination! :) And we are still only on day two!? Definitely looking forward to the rest. And I'm curious about Java! :)

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Did you try the Vodka?

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behind me you can see the airstrip where we landed about 2 hrs.earlier.

Where planes taking off and landing and generally disturbing the peace?

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it was too far away to be an issue,pedro,if thats what yer asking. :hmm:

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Did you try the Vodka?

yes,& it gave me "gas."

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Did you try the Vodka?

yes,& it gave me "gas."

Pretty high octane stuff?

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we were pretty tired after a full 24 hours of travel.

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still,i managed to get some plant shots as we stumbled back to the hotel.

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the next morning i got a few more before breakfast,like this spider lily.

Nice! I can smell from here. The spider lily that is!

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haha that was a "barking spider" lily.

i am fool you!

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back to the beach for some quality "lounging."

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"under the spreading chestnut tree,i sold you & you sold me."

name the book.

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oh yes!

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boy flying a kite. it was "kite season."

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i have no idea what these people were doing but they were doing it for a good 2 hrs.

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nearing sunset.

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