Trip Start May 11, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

We spent our time on the beach lazing around for hours, reading, swimming, surfing and drinking beer. We happened to be on the beach for a king tide which happens about once or twice a year I think. We weren't expecting the waves to come up so high and I was sitting on the ground at the time the tide hit. Luckily most of our stuff was on tables, but my sarong and some shoes were washed away temporarily. The wave knocked over the tables, but we caught them and they lifted up the beach chairs. Everything threatened to be dragged out to sea. The man running that section of the beach had a busy day moving people back from the water and dusting sand off chairs. Ben totally exhausted Corky by making him surf & play frisbee etc. Michelle said it was like having a son that just wears you out. The locals were all brown and muscular guys who looked after the hiring of surfboards and there were many topless women for the boys to perve on (although some of them possibly could have saved us by keeping tops on). We strayed from our favourite restaurant one night and ended up with expensive food and obviously rude waiters. So as we left (after being overcharged) I dumped the rest of my beer in the ashtray hoping they wouldn't notice it until it was too late. Spiteful yes, but I am a waiter and there is no excuse for that kind of behaviour. We never strayed from our little Topi Koki Restaurant again.
On our 3rd day we hired bikes and braved the absolutely insane traffic to go to Uluwatu which is a temple on a cliff face. We muddled our way there and saw turn offs for secluded surf spots along the way. Inside the grounds you have to hang on to your sunnies because cheeky monkies will try to steal from you. Michelle nearly lost her glasses. The view was amazing as we were about 75 mtrs up & we could see massive sets rolling in. Alot of people in Bali are animists and sure enough I saw a baby bird being sacrificed as I spied through the fence inside the temple. Animists believe that everything has a spirit or a god. So they make sacrifices to appease them all. After that we rode to Jimbaren for lunch. Jimbaren is where 2 of the latest bombs went off in Bali. We noticed that Japanese people have a separate menu with prices even higher than ours. We thought we got overcharged.
The surf on Kuta/Legion/Seminyak was really, really big most of the time. Some days there were hardly any surfers out, but on others they were everywhere. We could also see the reef off in the distance where surfers get taken out in boats. It was stuff I'd only ever seen in videos and although I didn't surf it was really great to see.
All in all Kuta and the surrounding beaches was really great. So many people had warned us about how touristy Kuta was, but there's relaxing times to be had amongst the annoyances. The locals are really nice and you can get bargain prices from vendors actually willing to barter with you. The surf shops are so massive they're like shopping centres although they're not discounted. We loved Kuta and despite the terrorists I will be going back albeit not to really touristy pubs/restaurants/clubs, but Ben and I generally steer clear of those anyway.
The night before we left we had a beer and watched the sunset on the beach. We sat on beer crates and indulged in a shoulder massage at the same time. It was fabulous.
The next morning at breakfast we had a a conversation with an Australian man where he apologetically pointed out how stupid Americans were and then continued to tell us that Australia was bigger than America. We knew it was time to get out of Kuta area. It amazes me how often Australians, when they find out where Ben is from, feel the need to tell us that. Just for the record he's smarter than any of the people that have told us Americans are dumb and probably their families too! So nyarrrr!!!
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