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Asia » Indonesia » Sulawesi » Makassar July 11th 2019

I hope you enjoyed the silly third person narrative in my previous blog. It was my attempt at putting a humorous spin on the bus ride from hell. I knew that there wasn’t much sightseeing to be done in Makassar, and, with my flight to Bali being in the evening, I wanted a centrally located hotel with a pool. Citadines Royal Bay fit this bill perfectly. My plan was to enjoy my room as much as possible, check out around 11am, store my bag at reception, do a round of sightseeing, and return to the hotel to cool off in the pool. My first stop that morning was Chinatown. I walked to the requisite Chinatown gate, looked around a bit, and thought to myself that this was the quietest Chinatown I have ever been in. There ... read more
Paotere Harbor
Fort Rotterdam
Chinatown

Asia » Indonesia » Sulawesi » Makassar July 10th 2019

By most standards, The 50 Year Old Backpacker (“T50YOB”) is much more (fool)hardy than his peers. He loves to travel the rustic way because it is more interesting and fun. His peers roll their eyes when he talks excitedly about his travels; they cannot fathom why he doesn’t just want to sip mai tais at a resort. Or, even worse, go on a cruise. But, T50YOB knows that he cannot travel like he used to 25 years ago, so he makes concessions. Despite this, from time to time, he needs to get his a** kicked to remind him that sometimes, age is more than a number. Upon conclusion of the amazing time he had in Tana Toraja, T50YOB had two options to get back to Makassar for his onward trip to Bali. He could: (1) hire ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Sulawesi » Tana Toraja July 9th 2019

If you followed my Midlife Crisis Flashpacking trip two years ago, you may recall that I chose not to travel to Tana Toraja after traveling overland through Flores because I couldn’t handle the prospect of yet more crazy winding mountain roads. So, I opted to chill in Bali instead. Last year, my friends Ryan and Anthony annouced they would be getting married in Bali this July, so I decided to check off another bucket list item - Tana Toraja - before heading to Ubud. As an added bonus, my friend Trixie - you might recall her from my various blogs from Australia two years ago - was going to the wedding as well, and so we planned to spend eight days exploring Bali. Getting to Tana Toraja My initial plan was to arrive in Makassar on ... read more
Eddie and I
At the Bus Station
Scenes From the Bus

Asia » Indonesia » Sulawesi » Makassar May 13th 2019

Budicek 6.30. Ranajky opat len keksi. Motorka bola nachystana presne ako sme sa vcera dohodli. V nadrzi okolo ¾ benzinu. Sadam na stroj a smer bulusaruang. Vcera som sa este opie pytal kde zacina trek, som jej poslal aj bod z google maps ale miesto potvrdenia resp vyvratenia mi poslala zvukove nahravky co popisovali uz samotnu trasu a nie jej umiestnenie. Tie nahravky vsak uplne nepodstatne, z ¼ tam furt mlela ako sa to povie anglicky. Ah keby to bolo take zlozite napisat. Este sa na mna nasrala, bo som jej nepovedal, ze som bol 6dni v bira, kam chcela ist i ona. No pritom mi vravela, ze v maji uz bude v kanade a este dva dni pred prichodom do biry, som jej pisal, ze tam idem. Fakt divne to difca. Nazad na cestu. Siel ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Sulawesi » Makassar May 12th 2019

Rano jak kokot som cakal od 5.50 do 6.30 na terase na motorku. Jasne, ze nik nedosol. Pica este okolo mna presla bez povsimnutia. Nuz nasrany som sa vybral po uzavretej ceste smerom vlavo. Obcas ma predbehli daky bezci. Dost ludi takto skoro v uliciach. Ako som siel dalej tak sa zacali objavovat stanky zvacsa s oblecenim, obcas hodinky ci maly zajacikovia v mini klietkach. Trh na sposob burzy u nas. Na promenade len tak sedenie a sledovanie cviciacich ludi. Predcvicovali im dvaja treneri na mensich plosinach. Cvicenie bolo doprevadzane hudbou. Cvicili mlady, stary, moslimy, handrove hlavy, deti.. Jedno male dieta (3r) si sadlo ku mne a furt si ma obkukalo. Neskor ked sa rodina zberala prec mi zamavalo a povedalo bye bye. Nazad na ubytko. Pica za recepciu jak keby sa nic nestalo. Sak povedala ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Sulawesi » Makassar May 11th 2019

Vcera mi obsluha zajednala dopravu do makasaru. Cena rovnaka s tym, ze ma ma dojst vyzdvihnut o 10.00 ale azia, tak nakonec dosol o 10.30. Po budicku este lezanie v hammake a pocuvanie sumenia mora a spevu vtakov. Dokonaly relax.. Na ranajky mi spravili v restike tentoraz prazenicu. Po jedle som mal uz nachystany ucet v eurach. Kurz dali 16000, podla xe curency bol 16050, tak super. Nuz len baba (ta to tu ma mat o mesiac vsetko pod palcom, bo dojde k vymene manazerok) bola opat v soku ked som chcel zaplatit nieco v eurach a nieco v rupiach. Proste to nevedela vyratat, tak musela zobudit manazerku (mlada baba). Po uspesnom vyplateni, pobratie sa na plaz. Tu hlavne plavanie, nech si uzijem more, bo ktovie kedy sa k nemu zas dostanem (asi az v gruzinsku). ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Sulawesi May 10th 2019

Dnes nic nerobenie. Doobeda v restike, kde net uz fical, tak postahovane 10rocne romanove zapisky z iranu. Neskor vsetko nahadzane do mapy. Je to dobre od seba vzdialene, v kl sa uz musim do toho pustit naplno. Este mi treba samozrejme pre istotu vyrobit falosnu letenku z iranu a falosne zdravotne poistenie co plati na iran. A cul prichadza velke odhalenie, nemam ziadnu zdravotnu poistku. Jednej zo zamestkanin vravim nech mi spravi ucet a ci sa da platit eurom, bo tolko domacej meny nemam. Vraj nevie ale zisti. Podla divemastera ano a vraj mi v pohode zameni eura na rupie ak by to neslo. Poobede dorazenie knihy. Nic extra to nebolo ale aspon som mudrejsi o neake tie poznatky: O Attilovy - udajne je pochovany niekde pod riekou tisou Dzingischanovy - ten je udajne pochovany v ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Sulawesi May 9th 2019

Rano ma vyhana z postele potreba curat. Kukam oproti a fra tu uz neni. Tak sa mi to nesnivalo, ze niekto nasada do auta. Odisla spolu s fra, ktory byval v samostatnej chatke. Na ranajky tentoraz skusam menu c.3. Ovocny tanier. Prinasaju mi polku taniera melonu a polku taniera bananu. Takze suma sumarum, najlepsia je jednotka s volskym okom a toastami. Cez noc sa nik na potapanie nepridal, tak idem len ja a dvaja guidovia + dvaja clenovia posadky. Vyrazame o pol hodinu skorej (8.00) Smerujeme oproti na ostrov liuk ang. Biely mlady guide, co je tu uz dlho (ovlada plynule indonezstinu), zauca lokalneho guida. Ten skace do vody a kontroluje smer a silu prudu. Vraj silny ale dopohody. Nazov potapacieho miesta je Mister ramlis. Dolu ozaj prud, ten nam zmenil plany a menime smer. Ono ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Sulawesi May 8th 2019

Vcera prisiel na izbu novy clovek, domaci. Z postele vypadavam o 7.00. Komari zrejme ziadny, aspon som ziadnych nevidel, zato vsak mravce. Po ociste na ranajky. Dnes si davam menu cislo dva. Dve palacinky plnene bananmi, k tomu mi dali aj flasku medu. Palacinky velke. Doobedie cele citanie tonicovych a romanovych blogoch a vypisovanie si zaujimavych miest. Ono prakticky vsetko je zaujimave. Len som zvedavy na prepravu, hlavne v armensku, tam by som chcel dat aj nahorny karabach, mozno sa tam budem mat bombovo :) Nuz teda zhruba kyjev, gruzinsko a armensko (na tom musim ale este viac popracovat ) spravene . iran tez len tak nahrubo, podla casopisu co som nasol na ubytku. Mal som stahnuty aj jeden cestopis ale ako som to tak cital vsetko bolo cez tour resp cez iranskych kamosov, ktory nakonec ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Sulawesi May 7th 2019

Nad ranom ma zobudilo trubiace auto co doslo vyzdvihnut span par co idu do makasaru, v plane maju aj navstevu rama rama. Tak som im odporucil nech si tam zoberu grab a nazad nech idu s pete pete. Inak dost skuseny potapaci aspon podla toho co vraveli. Vraj ok potapacsky pocitac stoji od 700€, obycajne okolo 200€ ( v pohode staci na tych par potapani) Pred 7.00 opustam postel. Kukam na sietku co je okolo posteli a dnu asi 6komarov, tak uz vim co ma to v noci stipalo. Neskor objavena dost velka diera na sietke, dnes to budem muset dako zapchat. Po ociste, zachod normalny ale splachuje sa kyblovackou, smer ranajky. Na vyber je z 3jedal, 2toasty s volskym okom (z 2vajec), palacinka abo ovocny tanier. Dnes volim moznost cislo jedna. Toasty dost hrube. Po ... read more




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