Flew Jetstar Melbourne to depassar on the 6.45pm flight. It was the new Dreamliner plane which is flash. All the seats have a Touch screen TV that has movies, radio, the hostey call button, reading light a even a button to dim the windows!! No more " your windoe shade must be fully open for take off " Now the pilot is like mum on the country road trips and controls everyone's window.
All good til we arrived in Bali. Captain said someone else was in our allocated parking bay, so we had to stay parked on the run way for 25 minutes before we could disembark. Should have towed the plane if the parking metre has expired i reckon.
Had an Aero bridge which was great, then into that awesome Bali smell!! Voa line moved quickly. Had $25 us$ left over from a Xmas trip to USA so paid using that them joined the immigration line. Line was moving well, that is until I got into it! Then every second counter worker got up and closed his station. Not sure if I smelt bad after the long flight, but we suddenly went from 6 attendants for our line to 2!!! Great news for the two flights that landed after us. 45 minutes to get through line... But sin can can I'm in Bali. Went and got a trolley for bags (free) happily there were no porters fighting for bags or getting in the way. Grabbed bags and waited 1/2 hour for husbands flight from Perth to arrive.. They were delayed on the Tarmac too. Apparently they couldn't find the bus they needed to bring the passengers to the terminals just . I sent him a message saying how bad the lines were and that if someone offered him Vip arrival to take it. Funnily enough they told him it was 1 million RP for express. 4 times the price of what I heard. Anyhow he told them to no and lined up and was through in about 25 minutes.
I waited just near the baggage collection, but on the way out saw that there is a big coffee shop to the right of the door as you exit the airport. A great place to wait to meet up with people arriving on different flights in future.
Now here is where I start my conspiracy theories. Full immigration counters, all desks serving, three new planes arrive, lines get longer, counter staff disappear and now the so called VIP arrival quadruples in price. Think maybe some of these guys are working two jobs at same time.
Anyhow got him, got his bags, through customs and happy to see a sign with our name (Bali the only place you can feel like a celebrity for bugger all)! Thought with all the delays he would have called it a night, but great driver from Kusnadi hotel grabbed the trolley, short walk outside into the car and away we go.
Got to hotel around midnight. The night security guard remembers us well (he and husband had demolished my duty free a few trips ago). He got us settled into room and then we both passed out.
This trip I have booked the basic room at Kusnadi Hotel. I am thrifty like that! Bathroom is basic. No bath or shower recess, just a tiled room with shower, toilet, basin and dressing area. It all looks and smells clean. A couple of ants and insects but nothing to worry about.
Bed was calling.