Island Antics

Trip Start Mar 01, 2009
Trip End Dec 21, 2009

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

We found an amazing place to stay in Candi Dasa and we tossed a coin for the room with the sea views. Me and Miriam won! We did deserve it though considering we’d been sharing a single bed for her first two nights on the island. The view was ridiculously stunning. And there was literally a wall and then the sea and a little private beach for the few cottages in this place. It was amazing. AND they had the most incredible bat I’ve ever seen. He just hung out (excuse the pun) in the tree all day every day and was the most inquisitive little cute creature ever. So huge and so interested in everything you had to do at reception. If you came and admired him for long enough he’d start moving round his tree and doing a little show of how he can walk upside down. He had these big curious eyes that followed your every movement and was just a beautiful little fruit bat. Definitely an added bonus at this place.

We hired bikes and headed up the coast via a little inland town as the town as it had the closest ATM. Which then refused to work for me. Sigh. It was a real local town with not one other tourist in sight which was a pleasant change after Kuta. The riding was fun too - there were hills to wind up and down and it was nice to get off the busy roads around Kuta and Denpasar. There were Paddy fields with the most incredible scarecrows I’ve ever seen and many people all hard at work and the town was so cool. We got lunch from this lovely couple and their little street café. No one had a word of English and my Indonesian is limited to Hello, thank you and on a good day please! But when I thanked the husband for my bowl of satay in Indonesian his whole face just lit up and he grinned for at least 5 minutes. I love this place! Their kids were gorgeous and the food was amazing. The best satay I’ve ever had. My first true but considering I’d never liked it before Balinese satay I think that says enough.

We then just rode for the rest of the day. We went for miles and then did this huge big loop back to the same town. We must have driven for about 5 hours this day and I didn’t think my coxsis would ever be the same. The views were out of this world as were the roads and signs except literally! We got lost several times and we were so far away from where normal travellers go that everyone was delighted if a little surprised to see us. Kids would come out into the road to give us hi-5’s as we drove past so we’d have to slow right down in order to avoid hitting them but their squeal of delight as they ran off was enough to make it worthwhile! The roads sort of disappeared at times and you’d end up navigating your way over dirt tracks and broken concrete and chickens and the occasional pig. It was a real adventure and all on the back of a scooter. I’m so getting one when I get home - well back to London anyway - think I might look a little silly trying to get from Innishannon to Cork on one. Silly or frustrated or just wet. But I love them - so much fun! We stopped off for a drink before starting the loop home and I couldn’t resist the look of the water. We were all hot and sticky from the heat and the sun and all the driving so I was the first into the sea. It was so good! Crystal clear with black sparkly sand. Beautiful and so nice and cool. I was shortly joined by Sarah and Stephen and it was just the trick before the long ride ‘home.’

Dinner was fun - Stephen and Miriam ordered normal things but we were eating in this little street food thing and so me and Sarah decided to order 2 things with the weirdest names and just wait and see what they turned out to be. We got a big bowl of tofu and satay and then a plate of chicken and rice. Nice combination. Educational as well and we worked out the names of some of the food! What I love so much about the food here is it’s all so fresh and there are SO many veggies! Bit different to South Am where anything that can be put on a plate is plonked in the frying pan first. And will be. Here it’s all so green and yummy.

I decided to leave any diving until later in the week and so we hopped into a taxi after two night of the most exquisite views and headed into the hills to find the cultural heart of Bali - Ubud.


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