We packed up our stuff and went for the free breakfast which was something called a 'jaffle’ I ordered banana and Andrew ordered egg and tomato
. It turned out to be a toastie made in a toastie maker (the kitchen aid of choice before George Forman came on the scene). Weird. We also got filter coffee without the filter and no milk. Not the best start to a day that you can imagine but ‘free’ all the same. We moved our bags to our new hotel and went for a walk around in the daylight. We got to the beach and the waves were huge smashing on to the sand and there were surfers everywhere most with dreadlocks. It was bizarre to see such a busy beach that had flags up which warned ‘No Swimming’. Andrew got some chicken and rice to eat in town and we enquired about taking a boat over to the Gili Islands – it was going to be expensive so we had no choice but to forget about the fast boat and take the slow boat 13 hour option. But that was for another day anyhow we said we would sleep on it. Today we wanted to enjoy the pool and read some of our books. They have some great book swap shops here so we want to get through the ones that we have so we came have a whole new library for Australia in the campervan. At the same place we picked up a couple of leaflets on surf schools as Andrew has been adamant that we should both have a go while we are here. We plumped for ‘Big Kahuna’s’ which was by far and away the cheapest on offer but still with the guarantee that if you can’t stand up by the end of the first session you can have the next session free(I might be in Kuta a while I thought). We went to the office and booked on to the course for the next morning at 7.45am
. I was a little apprehensive as I’d just seen the size of the waves and had memories of being thrown around and almost losing my bikini in Goa on a deserted beach – much more of an issue on a full one. The lady signed us up and we signed a form taking all responsibility for our own deaths away from Big Kahuna’s – I had a feeling that this was not going to be pretty.
We got our towels and plonked ourselves down on the sun loungers back at our hotel and I then spent about an hour in the pool just floating around before sleeping for a bit in the sun (Andrew was strenuously working on his tan so had the factor six out, I had my factor 30 on and was in the shade). We woke up at about 4pm so went back to the room for a shower and got changed and went to get some food at a free WIFI Italian restaurant (Andrew edit - it was only the wifi that was free and we spent too much money on beers while we tried to catch up with the blog that is so far behind!!). Andrew had a pepper steak and I had a spaghetti carbonara which was nice but the main thing was getting some of the blog published that I have let slip in the past week as Andrew had announced that he was on blog strike (Andrew Edit - mmmmmm I think we were a day behind and asked the lady to try to get us up to date as I was truly bored, the next thing I know we were almost two weeks behind and people appeared to have started to worry at home)
We walked back to the hotel dodging all the scooters which fly past at crazy speeds and Andrew got accosted by some trolleyed Australians who were trying to sell him stuff from a locals stall while I was in the 7/11 buying loo roll and water (not sure why so many guesthouses don’t provide loo roll, its unbelievable (Andrew Edit - That is why we are backpacking dear we are travelling on a budget and therefore should be staying in some of the worst accomodation we can find..... Someone is expecting to maintained in a privalliged lifestyle are they!!! People always said it would change when you get engaged). We got back to the room at about 9pm and got an early night when the French people in the room next door had stopped yelling at each other and running round the garden.
We woke up at about 9am and decided that we should go in search of a new place to stay that had a pool where we could chill out as I'm not a massive fan of the beach with all that sand, salt water and hawker stuff to contend with. So I left Andrew in bed and armed with my trusty Lonely Planet Guide I went in search of a bargain place with a pool if there was such a thing in Kuta that wasn’t already full. I did the length and breadth of both Poppies 1 and Poppies 2 and every place was either full or too expensive, I was starting to get round to the idea that we would be staying put until I came to a place about 2 minutes walk from where we were but in the opposite direction to which I’d walked at first. There I could get an air-conditioned room with pool for 250,000 Rupiah (only 50,000 more than we were paying just for a fan room) so I left a deposit and told them I would be back, boyfriend in tow, within the hour.