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Friday, December 10, 1999
Kuta to Ngurah Rai Airport (Denpasar), Bali, Indonesia
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Ngurah Rai Airport (Denpasar), Bali, Indonesia:
Latitude: 8° 43' 23" South
Longitude: 115° 11' 18" East
Altitude: 82 feet
From Seattle: 9098 miles
Lodging: Transit - Garuda Indonesia, flight 716 (Denpasar - Sydney)

Today's Travel:
Country: Indonesia
Region: Bali
Route: Taxi: Kuta - Airport
Path:Kuta - Ngurah Rai Airport (Denpasar), Bali, Indonesia
Linear:1 miles
Weather: Rain

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 974
Linear Dist: 195268
Countries Visited: 66
Regions Visited: 249
More stats...
Hotels: 324
Friends / Family: 231
Camping: 120
Hostels: 220
Transit: 65
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 3409

Journal Entry:
My flight out is at 2:30 tomorrow morning. I decided to keep my room so that I had someplace to leave my stuff and shower and change before heading for the airport around midnight.

Faced the rain to get to the post office - ended up taking a taxi. The streets are more flooded than ever, and a very strong smell indicates the sewage system has flooded - delightful, to bad I'm leaving tonight. Ended up spending more than $60 to send stuff that couldn't have cost more than $20! I tried to walk back from the post office but had absolutely no idea where I was so it was another taxi. Had lunch then buried myself in an internet cafe. I was still hoping that the sun would come out enough to justify some beach time, but no luck. Not only is it still drizzling, but the ocean is stormy and not very inviting.

Went out walking and when it really started to rain I took shelter in the same pub I had diner in my first night. I sat there and ate, watching the rain fall horizontally outside and the move Dusk 'til Dawn 2 inside. When the rain slacked and the movie ended I hit the road again. The road has flooded even more and getting home involved some serious wading - I tried not to think about the smells from earlier or the rats I've seen...

Made a half hearted attempt at packing then decided I deserved dessert. Spent more on dessert (and two beers) than I did on lunch and diner combined - but I did deserve it, I'll think of a reason later. Finished packing, took about three minutes to find a taxi. Was at the airport two and a half hours early for my 2:30 AM flight. Once again I'd forgotten about the departure tax, luckily I'd never gotten around to changing my excess rupiah so it wasn't a problem. The flight wasn't to full so there was plenty of space. Unfortunately there was an infant who screamed the entire flight - I don't think anyone on the plane got any sleep.

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