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Arrived in Bali!!!

Sydney & plane - Wednesday 6/12/78 - clear skies

Today we were definitely leaving as the strike was over. We left the Ramsey's at 9.30 am and caught a bus to Hurstville where we did some shopping. We then caught a train to Arncliffe and a cab to the airport. We arrived there at 10.30 am and sat around until 12.30 when we were called to board the plane. After we went through customs Brad bought himself a $40 camera with an electronic flash. After waiting in departure lounges we boarded the plane, but the plane didn’t leave until 2.30. I opened my duty free watch and camera. We are going on a 747 Jumbo and Brad has the window seat. Luckily we don’t have anyone sitting next to us. We have been having free cokes and had a yummy lunch. There were no clouds in the sky as we flew over Sydney, the Blue Mountains and over dry country in western NSW. We passed over the Simpson Desert which was red and then it clouded up, so we could not see Alice Springs. We were given free head phones due to yesterday’s inconvenience so we could listen to music. We then watched a movie about the stunts in the film Hooper and had a racing game where the winners had dinner at the Bali Hyatt. The flight takes 6 hours 30 mins. Bali time is 4 hours behind us.

We landed in Bali about 4.30. It is very muggy. After going through immigration and customs we tried to look for the agent meeting us. As we walked out the door hundreds of Balinese boys asked if we were alright for a lift and had we a place to stay for the night. We eventually found the agent and we hopped in a taxi. This would have been the craziest drive I have ever experienced. The roads are really narrow and everything under the sun walks along these roads. There were women with huge baskets on their heads, hundreds of bicycles and bikes. Our huge American taxi nearly killed many people on bikes. After a nerve-wracking but very interesting ride we arrived at the Coconut Grove Hotel in Sanur.

It was down a dark side street. We were shown to our cabins which were absolutely beautiful. They are completely separate bungalows surrounded by rock walls. Each one has a gateway with a big wooden door. There is a little garden and then the front porch with cane chairs. The place is 2-storey with a thatched roof and the interior all wood. There is a tiny narrow steep staircase up to the upstairs which has a magnificent domed ceiling made with intricate woodwork. Out the back is a basin, toilet and shower, which are outdoors even though covered by a roof. You look into a little garden. We then went over to the restaurant because we were feeling a little hungry. We asked one of the Balinese for something to eat, just expecting something little. Then it started. We got a huge tureen of pumpkin soup which was nice but spicy. Then the main meal where they put about 6 dishes in front of us, the only one I knew was rice. They were nice but we weren’t very hungry. Then we got pancakes with lemon and then coffee. After talking with some of the Balinese who have a pretty good smattering of English we went to bed as we were very tired.

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Indonesia

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