Monthly Archives: February 2008

Don’t Say I Never Did Anything For You

Posted by on February 5, 2008

Thanks to everyone who sent me emails. I was surprised at how lengthy most of them were. Postcards have been sent to the following people:

  • Scott, Minneapolis, MN
  • Wendy, Springboro, OH
  • Cheyanne, Durham, NC
  • Annie, Murrieta, CA
  • Ben, Bloomington, IL
  • Matthew, Appleton, WI
  • Gunter, Belgium
  • Saumel, Switerland
  • Denise, NSW, Australia
  • Sherry, New York, NY
  • Wayne, Long Beach, CA
  • Susie, Crystal Lake, IL
  • Sean, Irving, CA
  • Mike, Indianapolis, IN
  • Jay, Minneapolis, MN
  • Aibek, Czech Republic
  • Kevin, San Rafael, CA
  • Claire, Eagan, MN
  • Robert & Courtney, Antigo, WI
  • Rolf, Germany

I have some knick-knacks which will be sent out a bit later.

I don’t think the Komodo Dragons are going to be in the cards for me. I could do it, but it is going to cost way too much for what would amount to 3-4 hours on the actual island. I’m just going to head to Melbourne via East Timor tomorrow.

Over the last several days I’ve seen cops shake people down for bribes three times. There only difference between the police here and the mafia seems to be the uniforms. I’ll have a lot more to say once I can sit still for a few days.

Bali Ho!

Posted by on February 3, 2008

Today was a pretty interesting experience. I hired a driver for the day and explored Bali. I got to see some traditional Bali houses, a Bali ceremonial dance, had wild monkeys sit on my head, ate lunch overlooking a volcano and a lake, and got dressed up in traditional Bali garb to visit the Mother Temple.

My guide was great. When he isn’t doing tours he works for Australian news outlets reporting on Indonesian stories.

I was prepared to write about how my trip to Komodo wasn’t going to happen. I’ve had no luck finding a reasonable priced tour out of Bali. However, as I sat down to write this, I got an email from a company in Flores (the populated island near Komodo) which gave me hope for just flying out to Flores and doing something directly from there. My travel instincts were correct. Tomorrow is devoted to figuring that out and booking my ticket. Either to Flores or to East Timor/Melbourne. I also need to send a package of crap back to the US.

My other goal for tomorrow is to find a place where I can watch the Super Bowl over breakfast.

I have an enormous glut of photos that will be dumped on everyone once I get out of Indonesia. I still have photos from Sabah and even a few from Brunei to put up. I probably took close to 200 today (but I hardly took any prior to today in Bali).

With that, I’m going to go watch one of my 29 DVDs I purchased for $20 and take a bath in my giant, stone bath tub in my room which is so big, I can literally float in it and not touch the sides.

Slaying the Dragon

Posted by on February 2, 2008

I’m having a hard time finding a reasonable tour to Komodo National Park. Everything out of Bali requires at least two people and if you go alone you have to pay an arm and a leg. I’m seriously considering just flying to Flores and doing some sort of tour from there. It should be much cheaper if I take care of the flight myself and use a local tour group near Komodo than trying to do it out of Bali.

The more I research going to Komodo, the more interesting stuff I discover to do in the rest of Indonesia.

Tomorrow I’m off to explore the rest of Bali. I have a guide who will be driving me around the island for the day and the price is very reasonable. I can see why the culture of Bali is so interesting to people. It is very different than what I saw in Java. I’ll have a lot to say about it once I’ve left Bali.

The area where I’m staying in Bali is very touristy. There is a Hard Rock Cafe here which I think sums the area up nicely.

I just had dinner with Dave from We were both in Bali at the same time. He just came from Australia and I’m on my way there after Bali. It was nice to be able to talk to someone who is both American and doing a similar long term trip (and blogging).

Also, I will probably only be in Indonesia for another 5 days or so. If you want a post card, please remember to send me an email (gary (at) Right now, if you email me, your odds of getting a postcard are looking very good.