NOW PLAYING: WHEN I'M 64, by Paul McCartney

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16 MAY-5 JUNE 2016

(Why I get confused sometimes on exactly WHERE and WITH WHOM he is going
. . . so many plans, so many changes; I can't keep up with 'em all,
especially as I'm in Florida, while plans are being made in Wisconsin.)

It all began a year ago . . .

16 JUNE 2015: What I want to schedule for 2016

The Indonesia trip is with Flying Divers (May group mostly -
a few different individuals). Then maybe Matt Savatski
(roomie from Odyssey trip 1) will meet me in Papua New Guinea,
the Philippines, or (wherever I decide to go out there).

23 APRIL 2016

I will pretty much be incommunicado from 16 May - 17 June.
(Now leaving a day earlier due to airline flight change).
I don't know if I'll even be able to bring my laptop!
Carryon luggage restrictions are ONE 11-pound carryon.
My laptop alone weighs six pounds.
I usually have a 27-pound roller PLUS my CPAP, laptop and batteries.
I must carry on my CPAP and dive mask - dive computer, too.
I'm looking at (just found out) somewhere around 1,500.00$
in CASH overweight charges if I take two 50-pound suitcases
(I'm not sure I can manage only one 50-pound bag).


16-17 MAY: China Eastern Airlines flight from Chicago O'Hare
to Shanghai; arrive 7:10 a.m. 17 MAY; overnight in Shanghai

18 MAY: China Eastern Airlines from Shanghai to Denpasar, Bali;
arrive 12:05 a.m. 19 MAY

19 MAY: 2:40 a.m. to Mercure Sanur

20 MAY: Garuda Indonesia Flight departing 7:20 a.m. for Labuan Bajo,
Indonesia; arrive 8:55 a.m.

20-30 MAY: Komodo Dancer liveaboard

30 MAY: Transfer from Benoa Harbor to Anumana Ubud

30 MAY-2 JUNE: Three nights at Anumana Ubud -
Superior Lagoon Access
Anumana Ubud Hotel located just few metres from
Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud, 15-minute walk to Ubud Center

2 JUNE: Transfer from Anumana Ubud to Kuta Paradiso Hotel

2-4 JUNE: Kuta Paradiso Hotel (Deluxe Pool view Room)
Jalan Kartika Plaza, Tuban, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia

4-15 JUNE: Dewi Nusantara liveaboard

15 JUNE: Transfer from airport to Bali Rani -
Deluxe Room and evening transfer to airport

16 JUNE: China Eastern Airlines departing 1:05 a.m.; arrive Shanghai 7:15 a.m.

China Eastern Airlines departing 11:40 a.m. to Chicago O'Hare

A year of planning, and then, finally . . .

Neal's system: Panel was Armed Away at 10:26 am on Monday, May 16, 2016



Heidi, my friend and driver . . .


16 MAY, 12:43 PM: ON MY WAY


12:45 p.m.: LINE AT CHECK-IN


1:24 p.m.: Standing in TSA line now
Chicago O'Hare has no TSA pre-check line!
Took 30 minutes to get to the counter, and 30 more for ticket!

2:28 p.m.: In the gate area

Standing in TSA line. Took about an hour. Got some Chinese currency.
They had no Indonesian on hand.




2:29 p.m.: Selfie . . .

. . . of me and my bags

2:33 p.m.: The gate area

Terminal 5. We're scheduled to begin boarding at 3:10


3:22 p.m.: Boarding now

3:35 p.m.: My seat


31 H. Aisle right behind first class.
Near exit and restrooms.

First class


The first class seats
convert to beds


17 May [Neal turns 64!], 7:40 a.m. (Florida time):
I'm in Shanghai

Fourteen-hour plane ride, an hour from landing to getting bags
(that's pretty good). Now waiting for hotel and meals vouchers,
also transportation.

The tight spot is the first leg in Bali, where I land at midnight
and need to be back at the airport by 3:30.
I have a room, but if it's a long ride there and back,
it may make more sense to just sit at the airport, unless it closes.

It is 7:30 p.m. here now, but for my body it is 6:30 a.m.!

10:16 a.m.: It's after 10 p.m. here; I'm going to
close my eyes and try get some sleep for a while.

I had to wait over an hour and a half to get arrangements to go to the hotel.
I think the were waiting for another passenger to go to the same hotel
as I am because suddenly there were two of us,
and bada bing bada boom away we went.

It all worked out well, though, because she was a young Asian woman
who spoke Chinese and that helped immensely; she was helpful,
but seemed upset in the van. I don't know if it was over a missed flight
or other issues. She said that she had been in New York
and was going home to China during a break.

Breakfast starts down here at 7 a.m. and I'm going to the airport at 1 p.m.;
that should give me plenty of time to allow for traffic and lines at the terminal.

FaceBook Birthday card
sent to Neal by his nephew
& niece-in-law,
Noah & Holly . . .


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