...hit up Kuta.

Trip Start Mar 05, 2012
Trip End Ongoing

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Sari Indah Cottages
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Flag of Indonesia  , Bali,
Friday, April 27, 2012

Needless to say, I was in bed for the next two days while we were in Kuta. Following this, I somehow developed a lung infection. It wasn't bad enough to warrant a trip to the doctor, just a nuisance for myself and the poor guy that had to listen to my coughing. I figured the infection would take care of itself with some rest so I took it easy.
Kuta...how to describe Kuta...it depends who you ask, but the best way to put it is that it's great for some and not so great for others. Kuta is one of three beachside areas (Kuta, Legian, and Seminyak) that make up the "Bali" that many people know. All three are within walking distance of one another. Kuta is more budget friendly and prices go up as you reach Seminyak. In some cases it seems Kuta is to Australians what Cancun is to Americans and Canadians. Yet in others it serves as a pleasant beach paradise, and for many expats, the ideal home.
Due to it's proximity to Australia, as well as the excellent surfing around most of Bali's coast, Kuta et.al. has become a very popular vacation spot with Australians. Singlets, pastel board shorts, Ray Bans, and thongs (not the bathing suit kind though we did see some of those too) dominate the streets. On more than one occasion I mistook a few people for a good friend of mine back in Seoul. The main street is lined with bars, clubs, restaurants, surf shops, and various other little goods vendors. Better knowns as hassle alley, you won't walk five feet without a "Hello. Lunch/Bintang/Massage/Young girl/Mushroom/Weed/Ephedrine?" The latter being the most surprising, offered in a small glass vile stuffed with cotton swabs. Presumably to be inhaled, rendering an energizing effect. Bali is notorious for it's party scene. People are roaming the streets with beers in hand 24hours a day. The clubs seem to compete for the loudest sound system and it's almost impossible to have a conversation on the street out front, let alone when you are in the bar. I told Cody I would not be going into any of the clubs unless I was well under the influence of some liquor...we never made it to the clubs. On a positive note it was nice to see the crowds. A couple of months through Indonesia and you notice the lack of people and therefore lack of perks, if you will. Being in remote towns and villages is a great experience. However it's nice to not stand out and receive so much attention every once in a while. Furthermore the abundance of stores and restaurants allows for a quelling of some brief and minor episodes of home sickness. Despite my general distaste for the area it felt like it was necessary.
For months I had been planning on learning to surf here. We immediately began looking for a house to rent in the area. We found one outside of the main beach town in Canggu. Unfortunately we could only get a room in a share house but it was a good size and had everything we needed. It was tucked in amongst rice paddies about a kilometer from a good surfing beach (Pantai Berawa). We grabbed a couple of scooters fitted with surfboard racks and headed to our new home.
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