Day 81: The perfect spot, Legian

Trip Start Jan 02, 2010
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Trip End Mar 28, 2010


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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

--A move to the Island--

After my morning breakfast at Hidden Oasis, I packed up and headed down the road to Legian. Here I realised that one thing you do need to watch out for in Bali are the taxi drivers. Many of them don't have a clue where they’re going and you need to keep your whits about you if you don’t want a huge bill at the end of your journey (whether you’re on a meter or not).

After numerous attempts by the taxi driver to find the right place, I arrived in Legian and checked into my final hostel called The Island. It’s a lovely chic hostel down one of the gangways in Legian. They say you should save the best until last, and the Island fits the saying perfectly for me with regards to accommodation! This is without doubt the best place I’ve stayed during my time away. The boutique style hostel place has a wonderful airy, chilled and clean decor with great communal areas. There is an open pool and on-site yoga classes for those who are interested. The dorm room is really light, cool and clean (there are private en-suite rooms as well). The Island is slightly more pricy than other hostels, but it is well worth it and it also brings in a good chilled crowd from all over, as opposed to the overrun rowdy Aussie hostels I saw along the way. The beach is 5 minutes away, there is wifi internet and an airport shuttle service. But the best thing the Island has to offer are the staff. They are really down to earth and friendly people, who are more like friends at times. They give great advice on what to do around the area and also like to get involved in the nightlife (as you’ll get to read). Amie, Cherry, Dina and Agunk’s are just to name a few of great people you’ll meet here. For those going to Southern Bali, this is the place to be!

I got settled in quite quickly and met some others that moved in on the same day, Mark & Michel. Shortly after that, it was time to see what Legian had to offer.


--Legian--

All in all, Legian is a far more peaceful and chilled part of town when compared to the more hectic nature of Kuta. There are loads of nice restaurants and crafts shops to explore and the beach is generally quieter than Kuta as well. The people here are generally more relaxed, and the locals living down the gangway where the Island is situated are so warm and friendly. In particular, there is a lady who runs a tailor shop out of her house who always says hi whenever I walk past. I should introduce myself at some point really. Legain certainly wins over Kuta for me.

As for my day, it was another chilled out beach day after a lovely Nasi lunch nearby. I did have plans to do some extensive exploring when I got here, and Meg (Frontier) suggested I should travel onto Lombok to climb a volcano. But after such a busy last week in the cities, I have no regrets in taking it easy these past few days and I will go and do some exploration in the coming days. As the day came to an end, we had another great slow sunset over the beach. The sunsets in Bali are absolutely incredible, and no evening so far this week have disappointed. Another game of football broke out as the sun set, which I joined in and then had a relaxing time back at the hostel to round off a great day.
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