Surf's up!

Trip Start Feb 04, 2008
Trip End Jan 19, 2009

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Flag of Indonesia  , Bali,
Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Arriving back in Kuta, basking in the glory of our recently aquired diving skills, we headed to Made's Warung for dinner - Made is one of the four Balinese names and a Warung is traditional street side eating booth. While it's inclusion in certain guide books has caused the restuarant to move on a bit from it's traditional roots - in the size of the building, the menu and the bills! - it was still a good meal out and was certainly a popular spot.

The next day we headed the 100 meters back to the beach and I decided it was time to take the plunge again and learn another aquatic skill - surfing. Deb's took advantage of some time on her own and headed to the shops - just window shopping of course.
I'd been wanting to try and catch some waves since we'd arrived on the island but with my ongoing ear issues I thought it better to wait until after we'd completed our PADI course. I'd checked out all the surf schools on the strip in the days before and decided they weren't going to offer me much more than a local. So having approached a guy on the beach, John, I negotiated and hour and a half lesson (including a 'stand up' guarantee) and then some cheap board hire for the afternoon.

Before getting in the water we practised moving from lying to standing on the board in one smooth movement. Despite what you may have seen on Point Break it's not as easy as it looks (nothing to do with my fitness level obviously) and I moved to the water after 10 minutes with some doubts. I needn't have worried though as, even though i didn't make it look that good, i was standing on the board within a few minutes and spent the rest of the lesson and the rest of the day trying to improve my speed, duration and style. It was great fun but boy did i hurt the next day!? I'm looking forward to a bit more practise in Australia and New Zealand. That night we headed back to the amazing Japanese resturant - seriously it's worth the flight just for dinner - remember the Kunti II.

The next day it wasn't just that fact that i could barely walk (when did i get so old?!) but also the fact that my ear infection was back with a vengence that kept me out of the water. After a bit of shopping (more antibiotics and pain killers for me) We spent the day just chilling on the beach. That night, our last in Bali, we decided to splash out a little and walk up to Seminyak to find a really nice resturant. We walked up the beach and walked and walked. Then we walked through a river and walked and walked. Then we walked through a resort and walked. Then we walked back a little and finally found the road we were looking for. I may be exaggerating a little due to hunger. The road we finally found was described in the guide books as having lots of resturants along it and whilst this was true not a single one of them had a customer. I don't know about you but Debbie and i take that as a bad sign. We walked and we walked past dozens of empty bars and resturants before finally deciding to give up Seminyak for a bad loss and get a taxi back to Kuta. We did this and finally ended up, very hungry, in a beachfront restaurant just 3 minutes walk from our guesthouse. Typical.

The meal was good, if a little pricey, but half way through i started to feel a bit... odd. I'd only had a couple of beers so i realised it must be my new pain killers i'd bought that morning. Possibly it was the alchohol that had triggered it but suddenly i was in slow motion. Debs said that i looked like i was underwater. I didn't mind too much, it was kind of funny but we had to leave anyway before i fell asleep at the table! I can't remember how we got back but i'm pretty sure i slept well that night.

The next day was spent exchanging books and catching up on some internet stuff before our evening flight to Darwin. Back to the west.
Just a note here - similarly to the $40p/p entrance fee that we were surprised by on our arrival to Bali we were also caught offguard by the $35p/p exit charge - Rubbish!
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