Bored of bartering in Bali

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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Flag of Indonesia  , Bali,
Wednesday, August 25, 2010

We woke up to find that the WIFI had been turned off in the night so the downloading hadn't got as far as we had liked. Andrew wasn’t too happy (he’s become a bit obsessed with the whole downloading things, I often find him just staring at the computer screen mesmerised at the progress bars and the downloading speed).  Anyway I managed to drag him away and we had breakfast at the side of the pool and we skipped the Jaffles in favour of omelette with toast and fresh fruit salad.  We also booked in to the hotel for another night but we were told we would have to move rooms.  We got our stuff together for what must be the hundredth time and moved down to a room by the pool.

As this was to be our last chance to buy any new clothes in Asia (basically where it is cheap) we decided to hit the stalls around Poppies 1 and Poppies 2.  Lots of the stalls sell exactly the same things ranging from the normal stuff like dresses, t-shirts, shorts, shoes, sunglasses, hats, stubby holders, novelty crash helmets (maybe not so normal) through to carved penises (which the Balinese seem to be obsessed by) in the form of bottle openers, bongs, pipes, corkscrews and sculptures and obscene bumper stickers (I’d love to know what sick mind actually writes these).

After a lot of wandering around which pleased Andrew no end we came away with a couple of t-shirts and shorts for him and some new flip flops (finally I can burn the others), a pair of shoes and a couple of bracelets for me.  I did want a few tops and dresses but none of the ones that I wanted were in my size (a little mortifying) so I did what any girl does in that situation and bought shoes.  I think we spent a total of about 10 pounds on everything which was a veritable bargain but did require a large amount of haggling and negotiations along the lines of:

Shopkeeper: 'Hello Sir you come in my shop.  Costs nothing to look’.

Us: ‘Ok but we are only looking though’.

Shopkeeper: ‘Very cheap, very cheap, I give you good price’.

Us: ‘Ok how much is this t-shirt then?’

Shopkeeper: ‘250,000 Rupiah’

Us: (A big intake of breath for effect) ‘No. What is your special price?’

Shopkeeper: What you want to pay? You tell me price.’

Us: Ok 10,000 Rupiah

Shopkeeper: Hah. No sir this is not possible. You tell me price.’

And on it would continue until we had left the shop and where about 3 stalls down when the owner would usually have a change of heart and maybe sell it to us for 30,000 Rupiah.  Some people might enjoy the banter of the exchange but I just want to go in to a shop find out the real, fair price and if I like it buy it and if I don’t I won’t.  It is far less exhausting and time consuming.  Anyway with a few bags of shopping we made our way back to the hotel and went for steak and chips at a small cafe close by.  While we were tucking in to our food a food fight started between the waitresses in the restaurant and one of them ended up with a bag of flour and what looked like chocolate cake mix all over her hair dripping on to her face.  We just looked on in disbelief.

We spent the afternoon in the pool relaxing in our little oasis behind the wall from Poppies 1.  Then after a few hours we escaped the heat back in to our freezing air conditioned room and fell asleep for a while (how exhausting this travelling experience is J!)  We ate dinner at a different restaurant near to Fat Yogi which we wished we had discovered earlier as the food was really delicious.  Andrew had squid and I had chicken satay served on its’ own little barbecue that sat on the table in front of me.  We had a fairly early night as we had gone out on a limb and decided to smash the budget and visit the waterpark tomorrow we had to be waiting on the doorstep for them to open to get full value for our money.....I got the feeling it was going to be a long day.
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