Trip Start May 11, 2005
320Trip End Ongoing
On our 3rd day we hired bikes and braved the absolutely insane traffic to go to Uluwatu which is a temple on a cliff face. We muddled our way there and saw turn offs for secluded surf spots along the way. Inside the grounds you have to hang on to your sunnies because cheeky monkies will try to steal from you. Michelle nearly lost her glasses. The view was amazing as we were about 75 mtrs up & we could see massive sets rolling in. Alot of people in Bali are animists and sure enough I saw a baby bird being sacrificed as I spied through the fence inside the temple. Animists believe that everything has a spirit or a god. So they make sacrifices to appease them all. After that we rode to Jimbaren for lunch. Jimbaren is where 2 of the latest bombs went off in Bali. We noticed that Japanese people have a separate menu with prices even higher than ours. We thought we got overcharged.
The surf on Kuta/Legion/Seminyak was really, really big most of the time. Some days there were hardly any surfers out, but on others they were everywhere
All in all Kuta and the surrounding beaches was really great. So many people had warned us about how touristy Kuta was, but there's relaxing times to be had amongst the annoyances. The locals are really nice and you can get bargain prices from vendors actually willing to barter with you. The surf shops are so massive they're like shopping centres although they're not discounted. We loved Kuta and despite the terrorists I will be going back albeit not to really touristy pubs/restaurants/clubs, but Ben and I generally steer clear of those anyway.
The night before we left we had a beer and watched the sunset on the beach. We sat on beer crates and indulged in a shoulder massage at the same time. It was fabulous.
The next morning at breakfast we had a a conversation with an Australian man where he apologetically pointed out how stupid Americans were and then continued to tell us that Australia was bigger than America. We knew it was time to get out of Kuta area. It amazes me how often Australians, when they find out where Ben is from, feel the need to tell us that. Just for the record he's smarter than any of the people that have told us Americans are dumb and probably their families too! So nyarrrr!!!