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walk to the airport

visit Peliatan

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Saturday 9th March 1985.
Trip into Denpasar and tedious morning plodding around town in search of the Post Office. Eventually get there, at least two miles from the City centre, and no mail when I get there. Catch minibus out to Paliatan on the Ubud road. Agree on 400 rupiahs, but he short changes me. Have to change minibuses so make big fuss and bully him into paying other driver rest of my fare.
 Peliatan is a beautiful village liberally embellished with stone temples and bulging eyeball gargoyles. Old men stroking their cockerals in the village square. Beautiful fern covered lanes, bubbling brook. Many artists and wood carvers live and work here. The big ones maintain workshops of 20 girls in their courtyards mass producing the small popular pieces. Most people specialised in still life like fruits banana trees etc. they are very realistically painted. Some of the other carvings of classical Balinese figures are exceptionally ornate. Also imaginatively intriguing carvings from old roots treestumps etc.
 I buy two fearsome masks after half an hour of relaxed bargaining for 4500 rupiahs. Not the best quality though.
 Fare for journey home is 300 rupiahs! In Denpasar buy a couple of Bali Tee shirts for the folks back home, 4000 rupiahs for two. Much more aggressive bargaining was required in the town market. Feeling nauseous at times and experience cramping volcanic bowel actions every morning, runny, no blood. Actually have been loose for about two weeks, but this is the first time with any symptoms.? Irritable bowel, chronic diarrhoea,?Giardiasis. Decide on a purging course of Flagyl. Checkout of guest house in the morning, returning in the evening as agreed to change and wash.
 Spend evening in Tropicana coffee are eating ice cream and end up feeling very nauseous indeed. they close at 10 and in the warm full moonlight night I walk slowly out to the airport 4 km away. Sleep on hard wooden seats in check in lounge, the lights go out at midnight as several members of staff half sleep on the seats too

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