Monday, April 9, 2018

Woow Highlights From My Nighttime Inward The Jakarta Airport

Getting to Bali on the inexpensive - or anywhere on the inexpensive for that affair - ordinarily involves a fairly horrific divergence or arrival time, some serious caffeine too (depending on the trustworthiness of the company) beer. My trip from Manila to Bali's Denpasar Airport was no exception.

9:10pm - Departure. I direct hold an leave of absence row to myself, too thus does the guy across the way. His scream is Duncan too he ends upward beingness the sole ground I rest awake at the Djakarta airdrome spell waiting for my AM flying to Bali. Given that the other selection was to slumber inward the airdrome on a bench, which was my initial plan, I am fairly grateful for his company.

11:35pm - Flight lands inward Jakarta. Thankfully, the immigration officeholder does non enquire me for proof of onward travel, since I direct hold none. I do, however, direct hold a made-up story almost traveling overland to Malaysian Borneo. Luckily I create non necessitate to resort to telling immigration almost it. The immigration officeholder gives me my visa too then, pausing to await at my passport photograph of me amongst very, really curt pilus (I donated it all to charity), tells me that he prefers my pilus long too I should "consider that" adjacent fourth dimension I larn to larn it cut. Fair enough.

11:40pm - Drunk Chinese human straight behind me inward work keeps breathing drunken mandarin phrases downwards my cervix too giggling similar a maniac. Classy.

12am - Duncan, who is from Adelaide but has lived several years inward Sydney, Brasil, Columbia too a slew of other random places around the Earth inward his (I am guessing here) 50-odd years too I cannot honour the luggage carousel amongst our luggage on it. We spy our bags carelessly thrown on the flooring inward the pump of the baggage claim area. The baggage claim guy is annoyed that he had to hold off amongst our bags until nosotros arrived; I explained that the visa officeholder was educating me on the intricacies of flattering hairstyles. Confused, he shoves me pocketbook at me too stalks off.

12:05am - Duncan too I figure nosotros mightiness equally good larn a quaff earlier I deed to Terminal three to gear upward camp. We honour out that non solely is Terminal three unopen for the night, but Terminal 2 has solely 1 cafe open. Bad news: Terminal 2 is dingy, muddy too total of creepy looking people lurking about. Good news: the cafe has beer.

12:15am - Duncan casually mentions that he has no flying booked to Denpasar simply yet. I enjoin him I am on the 6:40am flying to Bali too that, were nosotros able to rest endure too awake during the night, he tin sweat too mass a ticket on the same flying in 1 lawsuit at Terminal 3. If nosotros tin larn to Terminal 3, that is. Overhearing this conversation, the waiter beckons to his friend too all of a precipitous at that spot are iv novel people trying to convince Duncan to mass a flying through their random move agencies.

1:00am - Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 few beers later, nosotros are tardily falling asleep. All but 1 of the flying agents direct hold left. We determine to switch to coffee.

1:30am - Duncan yells at me for yawning.

2am - Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 Russian human of affairs inward a conform sits downwards too is swarmed past times the flying agent too the waiter. Duncan too I role this chance to switch dorsum to beer.

2:30am - We showtime negotating a toll to larn to Terminal 3. The waiter finds a driver too nosotros are quoted 70,000 IDR. 7$ to larn around the corner. We cannot walk at that spot because at that spot are 2 highways equally good around the corner, but nosotros certain equally hell aren't going to pay 7$ either.

3am - We honour a metered cab too enquire to larn to Terminal 3. He agrees. We set inward all our bags, larn inward the cab too - he doesn't plough on the meter. We argue. He shakes his head. He idea nosotros said downtown Jakarta, non Terminal 3. Right. We larn out too direct hold our bags.

3:10am - We honour a random human exterior Terminal 2 amongst a machine too enquire him to direct hold us to Terminal three for 20,000 IDR. He agrees, excep that when nosotros enter the Terminal three parking area, he tries to larn 4,000 IDR to a greater extent than out of us simply to drib us off at the door. We enquire him to halt the machine too larn out, walking the final fighting ourselves to the mirth of the police pull guarding the terminal.

3:12am - Arriving at Terminal three nosotros are non thus shocked to run into that it is soundless closed, despite beingness told inward Terminal 2 that it opened at 3am.

3:15am - Duncan convinces the Arrivals police pull to direct hold our big bags too allow us into the Arrivals hall to wait, instead of waiting on the the world inside. We brand a beeline to the 24 hr convenience store. Duncan gets to a greater extent than beer too sneaks a cigarette inward the stock room behind the store; I sip my minute java too wonder if I direct hold always felt this tired before.

3:30am - Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 identify unit of measurement arrives at the 24 hr store. Bored amongst my yawning, Duncan pounces upon them to honour out where they are from too where they are going.

3:32am - The identify unit of measurement flees the 24 hr store.

3:45am - The Air Asia component opens. Duncan buys a ticket on my flying spell I sit, half-asleep, on the waiting bench. Thanks to Duncan, this is the solely bench-camping-out that I direct hold to do.

4am - Finally, the Departures hall opens. We pick upward our bags too traipse over to the banking concern tally inward counter.

After a long nighttime of no sleep, I slept the entire agency on the flying to Bali, too and then in 1 lawsuit again the whole afternoon next my arrival. Joanna is hither now, too nosotros are staying at a lovely identify called Flashbacks in Sanur, a tranquillity town away from the Kuta nightlife. Thus far, the Balinese endure upward to their reputation of beingness extremely friendly too permenantly cheerful. However, Sanur - too the residuum of Bali's due south peninsula - are extremely built up. After months on El Nido, McDonalds', Crocs stores too to a greater extent than tourists than locals definitely leave of absence a bad gustation inward my mouth. We volition deed on from hither to Ubud too onwards to Lovina, hopefully escaping some of the crowds. From there, nosotros hitting the Gili Islands too and then I volition deed on to Lombok equally Joanna heads home.

More to come upward shortly!

-Jodi
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