First real day in Bali

Trip Start Apr 10, 2006
Trip End Feb 07, 2007

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Sunday, April 16, 2006

Day one in Bali.

We awoke to the now-familiar sound of torrential rain. A short hop over to the resteraunt and we were gretted with the awesome free breakfast that we would come to rely on over the next few days. As I look back now, I smile at our innocense before we became full blown pancake junkies. It got so bad that every morning we would arrive at the breakfast table, like awful drug zombies, looking for our next big hit of honey pancake.

After brekkie we met again with Roy who looked a lot more friendly in the daylight. We arranged a couple of excursions for teh week, which I will write more about later on.

The main part of the day was taken up by heading into Kuta (via the very lovely hotel pool). We had been warned about the Hawkers who will try their best to sell you things or braid your hair; but it felt really harsh saying no to everyone, particularly when you can see the awful poverty all around you. Over time we would learn the extent of the poverty from Roy, for example most Balinese never leave the country as they have to pay a departure tax of around 70 quid. This is a huge amount to people who are absolutely skint. The bombings have also meant that business is pretty poor. Lots of empty rooms in hotels are making the people even more desperate. It all brings home how lucky we are to have the opportunities that we are afforded in the west.

Walking round Kuta was bloody hard work - the scortching heat combined with always having to be on the ball and not get blagged or robbed made for a draining few hours. We managed to see the beach which was cool as it had huge surf and looked amazing. We headed back to the comfort of the hotel via an extremely slow internet cafe for a nice afternoon nap!

THat evening we did what we would do most evenings, sit on the balcony and drink Bintang, the local brew. We were fascinated by the Geckos that are everywhere and the oversized bugs that they ate. Foreign wildlife is really cool. After that it was more dinner and a sleep, strangely we had noodles - again...
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