Driving to Pemuteran
Trip Start Mar 13, 2009
73Trip End Jul 01, 2009
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We went to class and taught Grade 2, a class where half the kids are extremely rowdy and the other half don't say a word and just sit there quietly, even when you try and ask them a question. We went over parts of the body and tried to ask them simple questions like how are you and how old are you, but we were pulling teeth
Our plan was to leave around 12:30 to head up to Pemuteran for the night. It would be a group of us: Suzanne and me of course, Franzi, Tamara (another German girl from Gianyar who only talked with Franzi and they would only speak in German), and another new girl Marlane from Holland. After tonight, we would head over to Lovina for Saturday night. Pemuteran is famous for their snorkeling. It has been a research center where they have attached electrical currents to the coral reefs, which has sparked their growth remarkably. I heard about the place from someone I met out on the Gilis and she raved about the results of this experiment with the electric currents, saying it was the most beautiful coral reefs with the most fish she has ever seen. And Pemuteran is right by the island Menjancan, the island I've been dying to go scuba diving around, known for one of the top 5 scuba places in the world. Of course, my plan was to just go snorkeling when we got up there today and then scuba all day on Saturday before heading back to Lovina on Saturday early evening. The bad part about Pemuteran was that it would be a three hour drive. An hour and a half up to Lovina area and then another hour and half west. We all agreed it would be worth it. And if we left by 12:30, we would get there by 3:30, plenty of time to do an afternoon snorkel and find a place to stay
When our driver came to pick us up a half hour late, I was already frustrated with him. He did not know English at all, but finally figured out where we wanted to go when we showed him a map. He said it would take about three hours. He complained how far it was. We negotiated a price with him. At first, he was being ridiculous requesting around $80. We easily got it down to $50, $10 per person. We started heading out in the car in a different direction than I had previously taken to Lovina, but what was I to say? I just thought he knew a better shortcut across to Pemuteran, connecting a triangle with the hypotenuse. When he started stopping and asking people on the streets directions, we were getting quite annoyed he didn't know the way. He tried to tell us we should stay in Lovina and that he had never been to Pemuteran and didn't know the way. We kept on telling him we wanted to go to Pemuteran. After three hours of sitting in the car, we were only in Lovina!!! Absolutely ridiculous! This drive took me an hour and a half the time I came up here before. I have no clue what way he went, but it was completely in the wrong direction to get to Lovina. When I realized how much extra time was wasted just to get to Lovina, I was absolutely furious! Lovina is a big tourist stop, a place that any driver should know how to get to easily. It took him twice as long to get here! We almost thought about stopping, but decided to continue on
By the time we got Pemuturan, the sun was already going down and we had to find a place to stay. Whenever we go on these weekend trips, we just find a place once we get there and its usually never a problem. Of course, we ran into problems here. It seemed like nothing was working for us. The smaller and less expensive places were booked and the nicer places were too expensive. We went around to about five different places and none of us wanted to make a decision about what to do. We were thinking of just staying at an expensive place since we were tired from the long drive and looking around at a ton of places without anything working out. And yes the "expensive" place would really only be about $25 each a night, not really that bad. But, our driver did say he knew one other place, so we decided to try one last place.
We got to the Juwaba home stay hotel and it was perfect. It was a perfect budget price for all of us (about $10 each), breakfast included like most every place, the rooms were clean, the beds were freshly made, and the hospitality of the people was more than pleasant enough. After our long drive and our trouble finding a place to stay, everything worked out. And even though I did hate our driver, he was taking the time to drive us around while we looked for places to stay without bugging us about how long that was taking. In the end, we had a wonderful place to put our heads down for the night after grabbing a fresh dinner of fish by the ocean.