Trip Start Jun 08, 2012
Trip End Nov 27, 2012

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Where I stayed
Topi Inn Padangbai
Read my review - 4/5 stars

, Bali,
Thursday, June 21, 2012

Saying bye to Mari was hard - I promised her coffee the next time she visited Sydney and she said the same for Wales.
The boat left Gili Meno with me on it thank god. It would take us around to the docks of Gili Air and then to Lombok. After that it would head over to Amed, Bali.
The boat was newer and smaller than I thought, and looked meaner and faster - with three massive engines in the back.
We speedboated around Gili Air, into the harbour to pick people up, before heading toward the black sand beaches of Lombok.
On the boat, I met the captain's 7 year old daughter Alfi.
She took my attention due to the Pringles can in her hand. I approached her - the following conservation being in Indonesian.
Me: aba kabar?
Alfi: bagus
Me: bike bike. Apa ini? ( pointing at the tin)
Alfi: (shows me the's Moroccan spices...I must have them)
Me: dua? (hand reached out)
Alfi gives me two chips and then giggles.
The curious little critter asks me my nationality, age and blood type. She asks my name

Nama saya Todd
She replys with "Nama saya Alfi"
As the seas grew rougher and the 45 minute trip seemed to stretch longer, Alfi wore my sunnies and I ate the majority of her Pringles - a fair trade I thought. She fell asleep on my backpack as her Javanese mother explained that Alfi's english was so developed due to the constant conversations she has with tourists.
Bali was approaching and Alfi woke up - feeling sea sick she threw up in a bag...thankfully not mine.
Black sand shores welcomed us and I couldn't believe my eyes. The beautiful black sand was breathtaking; the surrounding hillside was awe inspiring.
It was here, in the small fishing village of Amed - children trying to sell the women jewellery and the men boxes of salt(?) - I found myself using my first "hole in the floor" toilet.
We boarded the bus to Padangbai and the driver drove frantically through the traffic. As we headed south, memories of Candi Dasa, TirtaGanga, the Willows-Rough family and Gary"s homestay literally flickered past as we drive through the east coast of Bali.
When we arrived Padang Bai, I headed to the end if the beach to a place called Topi Inn - environmentally friendly, vegetarian and Aussie owned. At 100,000rps/night it was backpackers heaven - with a cheap restaurant attached.

After strolling along the sea side and laying in the shade as the sun set, I had ginger tea and Gado Gado (veggies with tofu and peanut sauce) for dinner for $3.50. And the meal was so big I didn't finish it!
Quiet night tonight, getting me ready to attack the Visa troubles if tomorrow morning.
Good night!
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