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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...

After Sanur, Lisa and I headed to Ubud. When we arrived I said I couldn't commit to more than three days there. She ended up staying for four. I stayed for six. I could have stayed longer. It was the kind of place you could get stuck in for all the wrong reasons. Amazing food, much of which was vegetarian, very little of which was Indonesian. And the desserts. Oh, the desserts! Amazing shopping. I may have come out of there with a whole new wardrobe...

Bali is expensive. Not compared to the US, I suppose. But in comparison to everywhere I've been over the past four months. Maybe I've been spoiled by traveling 12 hours for $4 in India. Or spending $3.50 for rooms in Thailand. Or eating dinner for $1. So it's kind of hard now to be spending $15 on a room. Or $10 on a meal. And the only way to really see anything I might want to see, or to get anywhere, really, is to hire a car and driver. It adds up. A lot. A. Lot....