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For the entire ride to Padang Bai the driver of the share van kept asking me, "are you sure you want me to drop you off there?" He told me to get off in Amed. To stay there. As we passed Candi Dasa he pointed it out as another option. When we arrived at my destination he again asked if I was sure. He told me to get a cup of coffee. To think about it. He offered to drive me back somewhere else. ...

The moon disappears at 10pm in Lovina. The golden crescent hovers, alone, just above the horizon and slowly makes its way down until completely vanishing. I couldn't figure out the sky there. The sun seemed to set in one direction and rise again in a place that wasn't quite in the same path. I would have loved to sit and watch the sun make it's way from end to end. If I had any sort of patience to do such a thing. ...

The major reason to go to Lovina is to go dolphin watching in the morning. The boats head out early. Many of them. And then they drift until someone points. And all of a sudden all of the engines roar and chase towards where the finger is pointing. Each boat driver trying to get the closest. Often to the point where they drive over where the dolphins were causing them to disappear. I saw a handful or two of dolphins from the front of the little boat that I shared with three strangers. I felt sorry for these other people because...

I love monkeys. They're my favorite animal. When I was selling my possessions to help fund this trip I had a bin filled with stuffed ones that I had to let go. (I did keep two that I will never get rid of.) But, I have no desire to be around monkeys. Sure, I like looking at them in zoos, when they're behind some sort of lock and key. But in too many places in Asia they are just there. There on the street. There on that car. There in front of that temple. There throwing dirt all over my lunch....