Hot Shower?? You have 8 minutes....Enjoy

Trip Start Apr 12, 2008
Trip End Apr 25, 2008

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

I started my day at 5 am...pretty good for sleeping in on my first official night here, its hard to sleep too late because of the time change from the states, and even harder adjusting after going home, but its great when you're here, because you really can enjoy the day when you start early!
So the day started with a morning shower, my fancy $30 a night bungalow not only has air-conditioning ( which I really need here!) it has a hot shower which is considered a luxury  at some of the places I stay at. So after 5 minutes I guess, the water got cold, really cold...I usually don't take that long of showers, but 5 minutes is a little short for most.....hmmmm, something must be wrong with it, I will mention it at breakfast.
So with my rate I also get breakfast included, which is another bonus. I saw the owner in passing to breakfast and mentioned my 5 minutes of hot water , he stated " You have 8 minutes..., that is all the showers are set up for, you have to turn the hot water on very slowly and you might get more than 8 , but thats pretty much it" .....Well , Alrighty then. So as I have learned in travel to other parts of the world, some things just are the way they are, and its just the way it is, you can try to question it, but there's really no point. You food will get there when it gets there, the boat leaves at 7, today instead of 4, and the hot water lasts 8 minutes.
Travel makes you patient, and patience is a great thing to have, always in life.
I decided to spend the day at the beach, it is why a made a 2 day stop here before heading into the middle of the island in search of my serenity, and I love the beach! Well.......Maureen my friend that I travel with every year will appreciate this one, remember when I said that finding that amazing island in southern Thailand, Koh Lipe will ruin me forever,? And I may never find anything to compare...well, I guess that is what has happened to me. The beaches here, at least in Sunur where I am staying are, ....well, not very nice, brown sand, no nice waves, and well, the beach just isn't anything special. I don't  get others think they are fabulous? Do people come all the way here to go to the beaches, or is it just a pit-stop like me on their way to the beautiful interior of the island looking for all that beauty and serenity? Hmmmm, there were people there, laying on their beach chairs in the brown sand, and seemed to be enjoying it. Maybe I have been a little spoiled going to such amazing beaches before this one, but I didn't come to Bali to go to the beaches, so its all good.
I decide to sit by one of the beautiful pools at the hotels that line the beaches, I am too honest to just go use one without asking, so I ask at the front desk if I can use the pool if I order lunch at the restaurant while there, Yes,. that will be fine, so I am in. . I do get questioned once by a high tech security guard ( he really wasn't that high- tech, I'm kidding) if I am staying there ( my towel was a different color than the rest of the guests) I explain myself, and am left alone the rest of the afternoon.
The hawkers trying to sell you things are lined along the beach too, but they didnt  come onto the hotels property , so my day is peaceful.
I have not run into any Americans so far, my driver in says he has had very few. In this mornings Bali times that I read at breakfast, they said that hotels report occupancy is up to 58 percent last month, and that is good. The real busy time here is in the summer, so that should go up I hope for them. They also report the ratio of tourists that are visiting Bali....In order with the most visiting....
South Korean
Americans didn't even make the list , so I guess that means its just too far for a visit, or other factors like most of us never got over that bombing scare a couple of years ago, but what about London, were still going there? Oh well, life does go on, and things to go back to normal, but it sure did put a dent in tourism here the locals say.
I found a DVD store that has dvds for $1...just like Beijing! Well, I just got back from Beijing and got alot there, and I do have the backpack.,( Yes mom, I did bring the backpack, dont worry my back feels fine)  so I only got a few, the Cd's were also $1, so I got a couple of those too. Thats pretty much all the shopping Ive done so far, I'm waiting for Upud to purchase anything, the handcrafted items are suppose to be amazing up there, and the pushy sales alot less intense.
There are mosquito's here, I'm glad I brought my little container of liquid laundry soap to dab on the bites, a trick my savvy travel partner Maureen taught me....Just dab some on the bite, it not only makes the bite stop itching, it will go away practically the next day...amazing!!! Thanks Maureen.
So tomorrow, off to Ubud, my sanctuary in the rice fields, I will let you know if I find it....
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