Trip Start Apr 16, 2006
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Eventually got visa sorted,another $25USD!Started to queue outside for a taxi when a couple of Irish girls came up and asked where I was going and if I wanted to share a taxi to Kuta,the only place I knew the name of!Arrived at Kuta beach and spent next hour wandering round finding decent place to stay although all places we went were expensive and with it being late and Kuta being like a maze settled for a triple room for 40,000 ruppiah each-about 2.50quid!
Kicked the girls,Kathryn and Suzie into the double bed and grabbed the nice single for myself and all headed out to get a couple of beers.Ended up getting a taxi on drivers advice to Legian and a trendy wine bar where got talking to a local bloke who then latched onto us and told us last place to drink was a place called "the bounty"
Next couple of nights sat drinking in the bars with a large bottle of Bintang lager for 9000rp about 50p!Then onto the bounty-a club which was a massive pirate ship on the side of the road where all the staff were dressed as sailors!
Ended up drinking "jungle juice" a local drink which no one knew what was made up of but came in litre flasks like the coke flasks you got at school to stick in your bike bottle holder!5 flasks later completely wasted!
Booked into Pro Surf school for 3 day course on Kuta beach,
the waves really massive and gnarly!
A german bloke on our first lesson had been there for 4 already and instructor said whoever gets the longest ride gets a free t-shirt.Obviously being German this bloke is busting his gut to beat everyone and is getting up everytime,when I catch my 3rd wave and go for ages!!haha he was gutted!woo hoo what a ride!
Heard about the Tsunami in Java next morning from a girl on road apparantly had felt a rumble here as only on next island killing 500people but was fast asleep!Alerts out for tremors and ripples on the beach from the original earthquake so had to be wary and keep wits about us.
Spent two weeks lazing around in Bali,just getting up late and crashing or surfing on the beach and decided to move onto Lombok,the next island where Mount Rinjani is and also towards Flores and Komodo where the dragons come from.Couldnt decide what to do after only getting 30day and not 60day visa as planned,so will either have to pull flight to Oz forward and leave Indonesia early,or can fly to Singapore and back for 60quid to extend visa and then maybe fly to Jakarta and Java to see more of Indonesia.Went to the ferry office in Bali to look at getting a boat to Kupang,where i could go on a long bus to East Timor to extend visa,but after checking the latest news of warnings of "travellers should avoid East Timor at all costs!" cos of security decided against it!