Every week, the Sultan’s Palace hosts gamelan (traditional music), dance and wayang (puppet) performances. This group of young musicians are very serious and quite good. It’s a slow style of music and take a little getting used to for most Western ears. The dance part of the performance is equally slow and the dancers show amazing control.
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The Komodo Island boat tour is practically a must-do for anyone going to Indonesia. If you’re young and fit, then almost any boat is probably okay. The most basic of these boats, however, are not designed for out-of-shape people, or partially blind travelers.
By this point, I’m tired and hot and hungry and harassed and I’ve just had it. Tim went to put his arm around me and I had to tell him not to or I was going to lose it right there, and I didn’t want to cry in public, in China.
I was certain in my strategy now. Even if I didn’t want the dang thing, I was going to get it for the best price I could. Again, I went up only a small bit. I think the crowd was surprised at my temerity and they delighted in the challenge between the shopkeeper and myself.