Day 1 in Bali: Comedy of Errors

My day got off to an early start, up at 2am to allow me sufficient time to finalise packing, shower and drive to the airport. All went smoothly here, though I discovered in the two years since my last trip the government had been busy, there was this new interchange to confuse how you continued to the airport; thank heavens for my iPhone and my decision to use maps before leaving.

Our flight for Bali left on time and made great time, getting us in ahead of time. The Indonesian government’s removal of visa requirements for short stays too helped get me through quickly. Here’s where it all went awry though, when I went to get my driver.

In the past there has been a collection person who passed me on to someone, I just indicated I was the individual on the sign. Today, I indicated I was on the sign below, he accepted, we headed off. Bags were packed into his van, we started chatting away, we drove more, then at some point he mentioned Ubud and my accommodation there — umm, I’m not staying there, I’m staying in Nusa Dua. His face dropped, realising what’d occurred.

Back to the airport, drops me off and he’s off to find his actual pickup. Meanwhile I have to find my actual driver, who wasn’t standing with his sign, hence the confusion. No problem, at my resort and it’s fabulous. I’m a little confused as to food venues locations and times, thankfully Starbucks is just down the way and helped me out with a cheese quiche and green tea Frappuccino.

I’ve the morning in the spa tomorrow and catching up with friends who I’ve discovered are in nearby Kuta. Early night though, slightly tired.

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