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February 19, 2011 Kuta, Bali Indonesia

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No matter how many times I've been to a place while on business, I always try to experience one thing new or see something different.  I racked up a staggering 44 different suppliers in Bali this year, that's an unheard of number, but it didn't leave time for exploring. 

While going to one of my supplier's village compound, I was within 15 minutes of Kintamani, towards the north end of Bali, but that was about it for new, so I made a point of seeing the botanic gardens in Ubud for the first time.  I thought that it was going to be kind of lame, but I had the whole place to myself.  It was hotter than blazes and felt like 100% humidity.  I was sweating rivers, and if I stopped moving, the ants crawled up my bare legs and bit me. 

That got me musing on the hardships and trials and tribulations of the Europeans in the Borneo Teak Company, and the East Indian Tea Company.  They were months from medical help as they knew it, and no cool showers or air con to look forward to at the end of the day.  Just as I was thinking those thoughts, I heard a crashing through the under-growth, it made me jump.  I went to look, and it was a 5 foot long reptile running away.  He stopped, looked back at me once and took off again, jumping down a ditch. 

I asked Alit the next day if there were crocodiles on Bali, that's what it looked like to me. He said that there are, but we often have language miscommunications, so who knows---The walk back to town was through 2 miles of Mean Dog Territory, but it was a Full-Moon ceremony night,  so the dogs had plenty of other people to bother besides me.