Costa Del Oz

Trip Start Nov 03, 2009
Trip End Jul 15, 2010

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Flag of Indonesia  , Bali,
Sunday, March 28, 2010

 Alright! So we've been pretty slack with this blog in recent weeks, mainly down to the fact that we have been moving around a fair bit and I couldn't be bothered to update it until we finally rested somewhere for a prolonged period of time - so sorry for that. The next 5 entries are from places we've already visited during early/mid April and I'm typing this from our wonderful beach hut in Aitutaki (amazingly I can pick-up a wi-fi signal from the hut, but it ain't free sadly!) now that we have 3 solid weeks of chill time ahead of us in a quite astounding place of natural beauty, more on that later anyway.

So it's the end of March and we're in Bali again, headed there after a fairly hectic 3 days in Surabaya to visit Mount Bromo and to be quite honest both of us simultaneously hit the '5 months in, properly tired' stage many travellers experience  on a trip such as ours (well perhaps not the young twentysomethings it seems, but certainly those in their thirties).

What did we do in our 9 or 10 days there? Not a great deal I'm sorry to report. We took it extremely easy, probably a bit too easy as we didn't get out and about as much as we should've done in hindsight. Both of us were pretty happy to mooch about Kuta, Legian and Seminyak and not venture all over Bali which is a pretty massive country to traverse across and takes a fair amount of time and expense to do so.

We holed up for the duration in a pretty cheap place called Legian Beach Bungalows which was a good 10 minutes walk from the beach unsurprisingly, but for less than a tenner a night including brekkie & some lush Balinese coffee what do you expect?

Kuta is a strange place though and quite trashy we thought but people love it clearly, mainly surfers, smashed up stag/hen do Australians and ozzie families looking for that little bit of Costa Del Sol tackiness in Indonesia. Legian just up the road wasn't as bad but it wasn't far off..we coined it 'Costa Del Oz' and if you visit the place you can see why called it that..

The whole place is jammed packed with tourist shops screaming for your Rupiah and you can get pretty much anything, usually knocked off designer gear or alcohol related items for not much money at all. And then you have the pirated dvd's..the godsend for anyone trying to avoid liver cirrhosis over an extended trip and they are everywhere for 75p a throw sir. They even have Blockbuster Video styled shops openly selling them and in-turn probably breaking dozens of international copyright laws in the process. No matter, We'll take 25 thank-you very much and get 10 thrown in for free at the same time cheers.
You can also get your hair tastefully braided which many western folk young and old seemed to have done, it's quite a startling sight seeing and entire family walking along the strip with Bintang beer vests (yes even the 3 year olds have these), braids and big plastic fake Oakley's  screaming at each other and sometimes the shop sellers about what they wanna do or buy at that precise moment in time. It's hard to put it into words without sounding snobby but I'm sure you get the jist of what I'm trying to say here.

Rented out a moped a popped to get around easily and popped over to Seminyak Beach down the road a few times, until we realised that it was rather expensive eating or drinking there. So generally we stuck within our own locality more as it was much cheaper and we were really trying to save some cash over this section for later on (this didn't actually happen as it so often doesn't, beer, food and souvenirs  being the culprits here)

Caught up with quite a few emails and such in the wi-fi'd up bars around the place and met a great couple from Oz - Chris & Michelle who became our dining partners for a few evenings. Michelle was from York too which is where my Mum is from, but had lived in Oz for 5 years. They were on a 2 week break and shot off to Ubud which we really should've gone too as well for a few days, but we just got too damn comfortable doing sod all in Legian. Really great people and we hope to see them again sometime in the future.
Seeing as we were I should've also gone surfing more and re-learnt how to surf again as it's been 20 years since I last did it properly, but I only went out once stupidly and that was only to Body-board which isn't too taxing to do. I would live to regret my lack of Surf action here as when we got to Fiji, that's all I ended up doing the entire time. 
The breaks off Kuta were great though and around 4-5 feet so I caught a few heavy ones but had a great day of surfing in Bali which you gotta do at least once if you visit the place right?
I think that's pretty much it for Bali and Indonesia too, 29 days of good times were had. We now have to fly all the way back to Singapore to then head to Brisbane which geographically, environmentally and time wise is quite a silly prospect to undertake, as we're already halfway to Australia. We basically didn't know where we would be at this point in our trip when we booked our RTW ticket and we've had a total of 4 months elapse from when we first flew into Singapore, until we leave again. It's worth mentioning that none of the last 4 months route wise was part of our RTW package amazingly, so all the stuff in-between was additionally booked on-top of our main ticket. 

I dread to think how much we've spent additionally in air, train, taxi and bus fares going to all the places we've been thus far in South East Asia and we wanted to try and do more, but it's been great that we have managed to do so much and see all the places we've seen during this time, we're pretty lucky people for sure.
To sign off,  the last time we "visited" Singapore back in December we never even left the airport, so hopefully this time we may actually get to see some of the City as opposed to The Coffee Bean Cafe in Terminal 3 (very decent terminal though!)

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