Drinking with old friends

Trip Start Dec 06, 2007
Trip End Jul 14, 2008

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Saturday, March 8, 2008

SB:  As mentioned earlier, on the plane over we met 2 guys (Roly and Tim - both prison officers with plenty of stories to tell!) who took us under their wing and very kindly showed us round Kuta and gave us some useful hints.  Once again our new buddies helped us out as, wanting to see more of the island using Kuta as a base, the 4 of us shared transport over to the east coast resort of Sanur.

Our guidebook aptly describes Sanur as 'Kuta in a cardigan' - a fraction of the people, bars, restaurants and lower end hotels, but instead a more middle-ages crowd relaxing on the gorgeous beach and awaiting their hotel waiter to bring them their cocktail.  A real breath of fresh air after 5 days in Kuta.

Having been before, Tim had promised us the 'best food in the world' at this particular restaurant.  However, being the day after Nyepi it was closed.  So we sauntered along the beach front and marvelled at the amazing beach scene, then relaxed in a different restaurant and the drinking began.  This seems to be the norm with these guys - on the first day with them we were drinking at 10am.  This time we lasted till lunch, but the session would go on much longer.  We went to a couple of bars in Sanur, then got a cab back to Kuta where we went straight into another to begin our lesson in Aussie Rules Football.  A pre-season cup final and their team were in it.  I have to say, once I finally worked out the rules and scoring, I actually really enjoyed it.  Not the big punch up it's normally made out to be (although you can't be sent off!!) but lots of skill and stamina in a very fast paced game.

Our next lesson was to visit a popular pick up bar on the main strip - bit odd being a couple in there watching the 'working' ladies lined up.  Managed to watch some proper football in there aswell though!  We ended the night in a German bar of all places, but handily met an Irish guy who offered to take us up a volcano the next day!
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