In the Spirit of Moby Dick

Trip Start Feb 12, 2011
Trip End Nov 19, 2011

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Where I stayed
Conrad Bali Nusa Dua
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Indonesia  , Bali,
Sunday, February 27, 2011

"…the more so, I say, because truly to enjoy bodily warmth, some small part of you must be cold, for there is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself.  If you flatter yourself that you are all over comfortable, and have been so a long time, then you cannot be said to be comfortable anymore." -  Herman Melville, Moby Dick

An so it is, without the Crap Shack, waking up under crisp clean Egyptian cotton sheets, a down comforter, and one of 12 selections from the Conrad pillow menu, could not have been so fully comfortable as it was on this morning.

More delightful was the prospect of a full breakfast, and despite the forecast, the sun was out!  Hampton Inn, the Conrad is not as is evidenced by their immense breakfast buffet and impeccable service.  We enjoyed a table by the pool and ordered French-press coffee as the staff placed our cloth napkins in our lap.  Simple things like a cloth napkin can be so enjoyable when contrasted to the toilet paper they give you in cheap restaurants in Thailand.

I lingered at breakfast enjoying a full complement of breakfast treats like fresh eggs, bacon, French toast, gourmet cheese, yoghurt and peculiar delicacies like the snakeskin fruit, a cross between a apple and a plum.  Meanwhile the girls scoped out some deck chairs and camped out by the pool.  We spent the day lounging, alternating between the massive pool and our deck chairs resting for a snack around 2pm.

 By 4pm I was enjoying Tea Time, but the girls insisted on maximizing their tanning experience and met me for the cocktail hour upstairs before we had a meal at the “Loco Café” outside the compound, across the road.  I enjoyed whatever I had and the staff was kind enough to share the local “Arak”, a spirit that smells much worse than it is.

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