Day 5: Bali Bound; But First a Burial!
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Okay, so first I should explain this burial thing! On my last visit to Taipei I discovered this interesting little creature covered with white dots out on Brett and Erin's balcony. I guess it was something related to a beetle, but whatever it was, I decided it should be the official pet since Brett and Erin didn't have one. Appropriately, it was named Spot. Unfortunately, Spot didn't live out a full life and we found him dead before I left. And so, after returning to Taipei, poor Spot was still lying in the same place where I last saw him. Amazingly, not even the typhoons blew him away. And on this morning I was leaving, we gave him a proper burial in the flower pot! :)
After the services, I said good bye to Erin and then Brett and I were off to the airport. It's always sad saying good bye, but at the same time, I was very excited about the next leg of my journey.
Finally we arrived in Jakarta! I wasted little time getting off the plane and everything went quite smooth going through customs and immigration. And then everything stalled when I arrived at the baggage claim. I called Asri and told her I would be out in a few minutes; was just waiting on my suitcase. But then it took a half hour for all the luggage to start coming out. At last I spotted my red luggage and I zipped out to arrivals trying to spot Asri among the hundreds of faces waiting behind the gates. As I was glancing around, I heard her call out my name.....and there she was! I raced over to her, dropped my luggage, and gave her a giant hug! Asri had her luggage with her also; as we would be catching a later flight to Bali together.
Our flight to Bali was aboard Garuda Airlines, and I was surprised we were served a meal on such a short flight. It took about 1.5 hours to get into Bali, but with Asri sitting beside me it felt like 1.5 minutes! Asri already had arranged for a driver to pick us up and take us to the Mercure hotel. Everything went flawless from plane to taxi to hotel. We arrived at the Mercure sometime after 8 PM. The hotel staff welcomed us in the lobby and served us tropical drinks as we checked in.