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Days 12-13: Mataram, Lombok, Indonesia

In some random city AKA mosquito larvae galore.

sunny 30 °C
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We woke up at 7:30AM to run to an arbitrary section of beach to wait for some dilapidated over-crowded longboat to take us back to the mainland of Lombok, the port at Bangsal. We rode a pony carriage to the bus stop, and waited around confusedly some more. A van took us to our next spot in Mataram. We went to Mataram Mall which was pretty funny and ghetto. We ate at McDonald's, of course. And got donuts, too. We went to some big temples from the 18th century.

I ran to the beach (we're staying about .3km east of it) for a cool sunset. We're by a lot of little mosques (remember, Indonesia is almost entirely Muslim, except for a few spots). We saw a mosque that was about 7 stories tall and as big as a block. We were walking around the hood and saw a buncha frogs, and everyone's pretty friendly. We drank with some dudes on the corner. Some kinda Indonesian moonshine. They called it wine. Sure. I drink whatever some bum on the corner hands me in a dirty cup.

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Pura Meru Temple and Mayura Water Palace: 8

We checked out this cultural museum. It was about one big room of stuff. Some of it was cool, but the coolest things were locked away in another room.

Museum Negeri Nusa Tenggara Sarat: 8

Our hostel was the only one on Hostelworld. It was about $5/person/night. No A/C, shower, internet, breakfast, English speaking staff, nor hot water. I don't mind the roaches, spiders, mosquitoes, and ants.... But when there's a colony of mosquito larvae in our water basin... And I had actually used this water to clean my body before noticing. So I basically had a mosquito larvae sponge bath. I ended up spending some time cleaning the bathroom. It was fairly far from the center of town where everything was, but it was right near the beach.

Posted by ErnieLG 21:52 Archived in Indonesia

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