July 12 Surabaya to Samarinda

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July 12th 2011
Published: July 15th 2011
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I caught an early flight to balikpapan. The flight was a couple hours late and in fact every flight of that airline was late. All 12 flights.
I got to balikpapan and booked a minibus to samarinda.
In Indonesia but particularly in kalimantan the epitome of beauty is white people, both male and female. Girls and women, even married with their husband and children get giddy and nervous around me, much in the same manner as young girls who get a crush on someone. I get alot of attention from girls, albeit in a shy conservative way. White women also get lots of attention from men here but they are less shy about it although not too pushy either.
The girls at the bus booth got quite nervous for example and tried to push their friends towards me.
I got the bus to samarinda which took about 2.5 hours. A tiny lady on the bus helped.me flag down a bemo to my hotel.
There i met Dennis a local guide originally from Flores. He set me up with the river trip i wanted with a German couple, Christoff and Sabrina. After he took me to an atm to get some money. My card didn't work so i went to an internet cafe to put money on my credit card abduction then went back to take money.
After he took me to a ktv with some of his friends. One was quite wealthy and liked a young waitress there and i gather he is a frequent customer.

I had a few beers there. I saw rats run by a few times. The wealthy man kept grinning saying that the girl was his daughter.
One of the waitresses spoke a little English and would chat me up. I stayed until close and then met the bouncer and manager and went out to eat with all of the staff. Then one of them took me to my hotel for the night.


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