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Bali, Indonesia

August 25, 2009

Day 101

We flew from Ayers Rock to Bali today, with a layover in Perth. Our hotel is in Kuta, which is the main tourist/beach area in Bali. Our hotel is really nice, and after spending the last three weeks in a campervan and another few days in an over-priced, run-down “resort” in Ayers Rock, we are ready to relax and hit the beach, so its a good thing we’re in Bali.

This is the pool at our first hotel in Bali. After a day or two, we realized that there were much cheaper digs available, but this place was only about $30/night and we enjoyed it while we had it.

This is the pool at our first hotel in Bali. After a day or two, we realized that there were much cheaper digs available, but we enjoyed it while we had it.

The start of a beautiful friendship. Bintang and I will be come good friends over the next several weeks.

The start of a beautiful relationship. Bintang and I will be come good friends over the next several weeks.

This is the beach where we spent the afternoon of our first of many days in Bali.

This is the beach where we spent the afternoon of our first of many days in Bali.

I declare this water safe to drink!

I declare this water safe to drink!

We spent the afternoon for our first day on the beach, and in the evening we watched the sunset. Sunset at Kuta Beach is a pretty big thing, and its a pretty good place to watch one:

Day 102

Spent all day between the beach and the hotel pool.

Day 103

Meet the new day. Same as the old day.

Day 104

We switched hotels today since we wanted a cheaper place to stay. Otherwise, see above.

Day 105

Yada, yada, yada. Life could be worse.

Day 106

Ditto.

Day 107

We finally roused from our slumber today and tried to book the next leg of our trip. Much to our surprise, Indonesia is not a place where you can really book something for the next day. All of the flights are booked up for at least a week in advance. Wish we would have tried to get this done a few days back. Anyway, it took us about 4 hours to book nothing, but we still managed to get to the beach for a few hours.

Day 108

So we managed to get the next leg of the trip (to Laubanbajo and then the Komodo Islands), but we can’t leave for another couple of days. Then, when we were trying to get out some more money from the ATM, it took my card for “security reasons”. Yikes. The Balinese woman who we were booking our trip through was nice enough to talk to the bank, but since its Sunday, there’s not much we can do today. This took a really long time to accomplish, so no beach today.

Day 109

We woke up early this morning to go to the bank and try to get the ATM card back. When we got to the bank, the manager originally said that it would take 2 days to get the card back.  After about 4 hours of tense, but generally civil, conversation, and a few calls to the bank manager’s boss, we soon found out that it was possible to get the card back today and they finally brought it at 12:30.

Now that we had the card back, we wanted to know why it was taken. The Balinese bank told us that it was our bank in Switzerland that had put the block on our card, so we went to an internet cafe to call and find out why. As it turns out, Americans aren’t allowed to have bank accounts in Switzerland unless they actually live there (the IRS is behind this one), and now that the bank found out that we had left, there was a freeze on all the money in our bank account. Thankfully, the bank rep that we spoke to unfroze our account so that we could use our card again, and gave us one month to make arrangements to have our account closed and all the money transferred back to the U.S.

With the bank situation taken care of, we were on our way back to (where else) the beach. Except today, I decided that I wanted to try my hand at surfing. In Bali, there are surf instructors all over the beach that will rent you a board and give you a lesson whenever you want, so once I talked to one of these guys and negotiated a price, I was off. To make a long story short, surfing is not easy, and I’m not very good at it:

Day 110

We went back to the beach in the morning, and this time Lori and I both went surfing. Lori had surfing lessons once before about 6 years ago in Hawaii but hasn’t tried it again since then. She took another lesson and did really good:

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One Comment leave one →
  1. janine5511 permalink
    October 2, 2009 5:21 pm

    I have just been looking at your blog. You have such awesome photo’s. You made me homesick with your Cape Town photo’s. And at Citrusdal, at the Bath’s, is where DH and I first got together. Have an awesome trip further.

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