A distance east-to-west of approximately 150 kilometers and north-to-south of some 100 kilometers, a mountainous terrain hosting 5 volcanoes, and roads often crowded with traffic and local religious processions make being in a hurry in Bali an exercise in futility. Forget the rush. Relax. Take your time. Enjoy Bali's rich scenery.
Still, there are situations and circumstances when time is of the essence, such as the visit last week of Indonesia's Minister for Culture and Tourism, Mr. I Gede Ardika. In a single day's official visit to Bali the Minister wanted to attend an international air show in Grogak Village, in Bali's far northwest; open the Nusa Dua Festival on the very opposite southern end of the island; and somehow manage to squeeze in a brief visit and a traditional ceremony with kin and kind in his ancestral village of Anturan.
The distances and timing involved made the Minister's schedule an impossibility, even with the assistance of his official police escort. Fortunately, Bali Adventure Skytours, a division of Bali Adventure Tours (B.A.T.) were able to assist providing transportation to Minister Ardika and his wife with B.A.T.'s new Model 2001 Robinson 44 Clipper helicopter.
Joining Minister Ardika on his whirlwind tour of Bali was B.A.T.'s Managing Director, Nigel Mason.
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