For gods sake, put that thing away while im eating
Trip Start Dec 28, 2004
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Before I left Thailand, I was hanging out with this girl named "im" and we got to liking each other and had a great time together and leaving was a bit of a bitch truth be told. The funny thing was that we went to Pattaya together because she wanted to see her sisters who work in a go-go bar (strip club/whorehouse). A new definition of uncomfortable situation: sitting with your new love interest as her two naked sisters sit next to you and discuss various things in Thai......and yes guys, of course the idea flashed through my head but no, I did not even ask so no juicy details.
A friend of mine came in from Alaska (no names lol) and I took him to Pattaya just for shits and giggles. Of course I gave him the briefing of always wear a condom and don't fall in love. He laughed at me when I said this because there was obviously no way he would ever fall for a bar girl. Well it took him about 4 days but he found his soul mate working in a bar over on soi 7 and they took off together on a grand tour of northern Thailand. I talked to him on the phone the other day and did the whole "I told you so" bit....he took it in stride and just said he really liked her. I warned him.
I flew air Asia over to Bali and I still say that this is the best airline ever if for nothing other than price and being on time. My flight left at 6am so I had to leave Pattaya at 4am with a tearful im waving goodbye. I got to the airport in plenty of time and checked in with no problem. Having about an hour to waste I went and took a stroll through their huge duty free mall and bought myself a drink. I went to my gate with 25 minutes left before departure and they were already on final call and closing the doors! I'm all for being on time but there is no need to leave early for the love of god! Man would I have been pissed off if I had missed my flight due to it being early and not me being late.
So Bali, what can I say thus far? I am finally below the equator but not by much so it's quite a bit hotter here than in Thailand. I would say it averages about 100 degrees with about 80% humidity so you sweat copiously. I have only seen kuta so far and am not all that impressed but I knew this would be the case with this particular location. It is the tourist hub of Indonesia and thus is flooded with annoying touts who hound you as you walk down the street. There are a lot of surf shops and nightclubs and bars, which isn't a bad thing really but my crazy nightlife days are not what they once were. I'm staying about a 5 minute walk from where the Bali bombings happened and the memorial is a stone's throw away which is pretty sobering and reminds you that it's not all fun and games (though it should be damn it!!). I will say this about Kuta, it has by far the biggest backpacker ghetto that I have ever encountered in my travels. What you will find out on the "backpacker trail" is that most major cities in Asia and the Indian subcontinent have their own dedicated backpacker ghetto which is crammed with cheap guesthouses, discount travel agents, tattoo shops and bars. Bangkok has khao san road, Katmandu has thamel, phenom phen has lakeside (but not for much longer) and Bali has kuta which is just a rat maze of side streets and narrow alleyways filled with the usual trappings of internet shops and currency exchanges but then you have strange things like "surf board repair" and the billabong super store (surf wear). You can easily get lost in the labyrinth if you aren't careful.
So it's time for one of my patented venting episodes so please forgive me. Why is it that some people feel the need to breast feed at the dinner table while sitting In a restaurant? Yes I understand that you are participating in the miracle of feeding your child but at the same time, by flopping out your nasty ass, non bra wearing breast 5 feet from my fettuccine you have ruined my appetite and possibly put me off fettuccine forever. How hard is it to put your wondrous milk into a bottle and feed your apron monkey with that while In public? This holier than thou routine based on the precept that we are all in awe of your ability to create life is a load of shit so please get off your high horse, put your breast away and let me eat my god damn dinner without having to look at nature in all its amazing glory. If I wanted to watch this sort of goings on I would have ordered a pizza and stayed at home to watch the discovery channel. (I have a feeling I'm going to catch shit for this one).
I went into the bank today and cashed in $200 in travelers checks....I walked out with 2.3 million rupiah...I'm rich bitch!! Then again, when your lunch costs you 30,000 it does make you take a double glance at the bill and your mental calculator to go into overdrive. On the price side of things......it is about the same as Thailand but this is the tourist hot spot which means it should get quite a bit cheaper as I head out into the boonies to check out all the volcanoes. Well I'm off to ubud (oobood) for a little less craziness and more artsyness so although I didn't particularly enjoy kuta, it has been a different experience for sure. Ok I'm outtie and back on the road, cya.