I've been spoiled...
Trip Start Jan 09, 2013
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Having just returned from Komodo, the last 6 dives I did here were just SO disappointing!!! Ugh. I know I shouldn't compare dive sites but I was WOW'ed every dive in Komodo and now the dives leave me saying "that was it??"
I mean, for almost every dive in Amed, the guide and even the instructors were like, "oh there are some really nice corals there. You will enjoy it." And once I went underwater, I was like "this is what they call nice corals?"
Boy, I'm in trouble. My standards went up the roof after Komodo. Maybe I need to take a break from diving a bit...
Amed is a tiny town on the east coast of Bali, about 3 hours north of Denpasar
Last night I went to a local mom & pop restaurant and I was the only customer there, and it didn't appear like anyone else was showing up anytime soon. I had a shot of
Arak (Balinese vodka) and stir-fry vegetables with squid for $4. :-)
The Balinese people are super friendly! Almost EVERY person I meet - or even walk past - ask me "where you from?!" And some just want a friendly chat. After a while I stopped saying I'm from New York, because they all respond with "you don't look American!" So I now just say I came from Japan. But what's really interesting to me is that when in America, so many people tell me I don't look Japanese. But EVERY Balinese have told me I look Japanese!! And they are so funny - they are always throwing Japanese words at me - mainly "konichiwa" and "arigato". Some know many more words - it goes to show how many Japanese tourists visit Bali.
Tomorrow I'm heading to an island called Lombok, which is 1-hr boat ride away, to catch a flight to Malaysia the next day. I can't believe I exhausted all 30-days of my visa in Indo! Time sure flew by.
I decided to shorten my trip in Malaysia to just 2 weeks, so I can hurry back to Lembongan and make it a home for 2 months :)
I'm really looking forward to settling down and stop moving for a while.