Trip Start Oct 05, 2010
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Legian Guest House
Kubu Hotel

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

The last time we wrote here we were stuck in Kathrine, very uncertain of what would happen next. The car's engine made very bad noises, all the shops were closed because of the holiday, and we were surrounded by hordes of aborigines. We have been to India and we thought the people there were loud and dirty… The aboriginal people reminded us very much of the Indians. They were everywhere, shouting in the streets, smelling like they had not showered in months, and walking around with dirty clothes and no shoes. We often saw the police arresting them or trying to stop their fights. We don’t wanna sound like racists, but this was a pretty big shock for us. We had been in Australia for some time and never seen anything like this. We started thinking how different the white Australians are from the aboriginals, and how they can coexist.

After 4 expert opinions on the "white lightning" the verdict was clear: it’s days were over. Changing the engine would cost more than the value of the car, and after some serious thinking Rainer and Ermo decided to sell the car to the wreckers. Suddenly our road trip, which was supposed to end in Perth, was over. We thought about our options and did what anyone else would have done- took the first plane to Bali :D Rainer and Ermo decided to jump on a bus to Broome, and find work there.

Bali is an island and it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Indonesia. Bali is famous for its highly developed arts- traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leatherwork, and music. Compared to Thailand it’s a little bit more expensive, but still much cheaper than Australia. One thing in Indonesia that is very weird and hard to get used to, is the money. They have really little value, and therefore the prices are extremely high. For instance a bottle of water costs 5000 Rp. Feels pretty strange walking around with 3 millions in your pocket.

One of the first days here we went to Waterbom (entrance fee 500 000 :o). This is a huge water park with 27 different slides. We had really much fun trying all of them, some more scary than others. The most scary one was called “Climax”. You had to go into a capsule, standing straight up, waiting for the floor to disappear under your feet. Then you went straight down, through a loop, and then out. It all happened really fast, but it was definately a huge adrenaline rush!! Except from that we haven’t done very many exciting things here, just relaxing, eating(!), going to the cinema, the beach and chillin’ by the pool. It’s very cheap here, so instead of sleeping in a tent and eating pasta everyday in Australia, we have been living like “kings”. However, one exiting thing did happen. On Renate’s birthday, Kaupo surprised her with a romantic dinner in the sunset. Before the night was over, we were engaged! We are very happy and can’t wait to see the rest of the world together:P

All that’s left of our trip is 2 days in Perth and then we are heading back to Norway.
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