Spending money in Kuta
Trip Start May 06, 2010
101Trip End Apr 14, 2011
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One of the great things about walking around Kuta is seeing all the people driving the motorcycles with surfboard racks attached to them. Just about every bike had a rack on the side so you could drive your surfboard down to the beach. On that day though, I saw a guy driving one-handed and holding a surfboard in his other hand. I was very impressed and also terrified about what would happen if he lost even a little bit of that coordination. Later on, I saw a guy riding on the back of a motorcycle holding a surfboard in each hand
I also spent that afternoon getting a tattoo. Breathe, Muv, it was a henna one. I had wanted one when Sal and I were in Phuket, but I couldn’t find anywhere to get one done. I had no trouble in Kuta. The guys in the little shop talked to me about teaching, and how in Indonesia I would be called "Guru Cait". One guy kept trying to convince me to buy a tank top too, saying “Come on, I give you Obama price!”
One of the guys even offered me a ride down to the beach afterwards. It was a five-minute walk to the beach. I said I would just walk and the guy said, “I drive you for free!” He couldn’t seem to understand that even a free ride was ridiculous to me when the beach was so close.
I had Mexican food for lunch and it was amazing. That has got to be the one food I miss the most. I used to eat Mexican all the time, and now it’s impossible to come by. The meal was ruined, though when I saw a rat in the restaurant as I was leaving.
Walking around in the afternoon, the vendors kept calling out to me, offering all kinds of “deals”. One called out trying to sell me sunglasses, even though I was wearing a pair. I said, “I have sunglasses.” Not to be deterred, he said, “How much you pay? I give you good price!” Now, even assuming I was ripped off for my new shades (which I probably was), what would compel me to spend even more money on another pair? I cannot see his strategy there.
I also had a woman call out “hello” to me, and I smiled at her and kept walking. She said, “Thank you for your smile. Want some new sandals to keep your boyfriend with you?” Is that all it takes? I wonder if she found out I need giant shoes if she’d still think my nonexistent boyfriend would stick around.