Hills, Thrills and Spills
Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
371Trip End Feb 26, 2011
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Where I stayed
We ate our last omelette on toast said our goodbyes to the lovely owners and their son and went to catch the boat back to Bali. Now we had found it interesting that when we booked the boat back the agent had told us that they would endeavour to stick to the departure time of 11am but could not guarantee it
Instead we spent the next few hours in an internet cafe continuing to download some of the films that we had decided that we wanted for the van in Australia. I kept an eye out for our boat arriving but 1pm came and went without any sign of the stricken vessel. Finally at about 2pm it arrived and we managed to get a comfy seat (not one of the fold up aisle ones or the roof). Although the sea appeared calm it was still a really choppy crossing but we arrived back at Padang Bay in one piece and without feeling too sick, we had however refused the offer of sitting upstairs on the roof. Our bags were unloaded and we were shepherded towards 3 awaiting cars waiting to take us back to Kuta.
We got in the back and were joined by another 3 passengers and the driver took a shine to the girl in the front seat and spent the whole journey driving like a maniac obviously trying to impress her which meant a more uncomfortable journey than the boat
We found a cheap little Italian eatery across from the hotel where we had Babi Kecap (soy pork) and deep fried calamari for less than a pound each – oh what joy to be back to cheap prices. It actually felt good to be back even though this time being on Poppies 1 it felt almost like a different place. Lured by the promise of cheap beer we then went on to a local bar which only when we had been there for 5minutes and ordered our drinks did we realise was full of older western men and a lot of very dressed up local women who would check everyone out who walked in the place
We went back to the hotel and the luxury of our air conditioning and I had a relaxing bath which wasn’t salt water which was lovely, even a flush on the toilet instead of a pan and bucket – we were really being spoiled this time. We also managed to start downloading some more films (our favourite easy watch stuff like Good Will Hunting, Dirty Dancing and Ghost) as we had WIFI in our room and we could leave it on all night as we slept.