Seminyak and beyond

Trip Start Jun 16, 2008
Trip End Jul 06, 2008

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Flag of Indonesia  , Bali,
Thursday, June 19, 2008

Wake up early like old people, eat breakfast by the pool, catch the shuttle into Kuta at 10 AM. Walk the streets and beach of Kuta. Bali is a Hindu island that is part of Indonesia which is 90% Muslim. Also Kuta is a favorite spot for young Aussies to come and party. There are plenty of bars and discos that make Cabo pale in comparison. Bali suffered 2 terrorist bombings, one in 2002 and another in 2005. The fist bombing hit a popular night spot in Kuta called Paddy's. The building is still there and is currently being worked on to reopen. We visited the bombing memorial which is located just across the street from the attack. It was errie and sad to read to the names of the 209 people who died in the attack. Paddy's has rebuilt down the street and had security at the entrance similar to an airport. Kuta has tons of touristy trinket shops. Roaming the hot streets we find Bagus Pub (bagus means good in Indonesian) and it has bloody cold beers and their slogan is "harden the fuck up princess" gotta love it! The Bin Tang (local beer) was wonderfully icy. They keep it in freezers, bless them. Catch a ride back to the hotel, relax by the pool, and more Bin Tang at the pool bar. Walked all around Seminyak and lost our barrings. Jon saw a local getting food passed over a wall on a busy street corner so we peeked our heads over the wall, much to the surprise of the guys back there frying up local street food. We finally figured out that one of the delicious looking goodies was, banana fritters and ordered some up. So yummy! After our snack, we regained our barrings, made it back to our hood, and had a drink and a snack at a Balanise tapas bar, World Music Club, then settled on Indian for dinner. It was good, but the best part of the meal was watching the guy cook in the Tandori oven.

Despite wanting to stay up past 9:30 PM, we went to bed, we were just too tired.
"We had walked about 1,001 miles after all"- JNCP
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