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Kuta, Bali

October 04, 2010 —

After the familiar of Singapore, I took a quick evening flight to Bali. I arrived to some minor rain and, after purchasing my $25 Indonesian Visa, heading through immigration, I got a taksi (how it's spelled in Bali) to take me to Kuta, the location of one of the most famous beaches in Bali. I'm not sure why, but I decided to not keep my GPS on for the taxi ride, and believed the driver when he told me we arrived at the destination. Well, to make a long story shorter, he dropped me off half-way to Kuta; I had to get another taxi to take the rest of the distance. This was a total bummer, as every other Balinese has been extremely kind and friendly. I am not sure why this particular taxi driver screwed me, but I've since put that experience behind me.

Surboard Rentals Surboard Rentals

After finding a place to stay, I promptly signed up for 5 nights at my hotel. The next day I rented a motorbike for two weeks and a surfboard for my time in Kuta. The next several days had me surfing, eating, reading and exploring the area on my motorbike.

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Every night, I'd head down to the beach, along with countless locals, tourists, expats and dogs to enjoy the dramaticsunsets. While there, low tide was always around 4pm, so more of the sand was exposed, which was a wet hard sand that the local children would play soccer games on.

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I also made sure to start sampling the many local Balinese foods: nasi goreng, nasi campur, gado-gado, sate, banana jaffles, nasi rawon and more. It's been made more difficult by the fact that every warung (food stall) has their own take, their own spicyness to each dish they make. So even if you've tried nasi campur at one place, it's almost certain to taste slightly differen at the next warung down the street. Which is great! In Kuta, I had lunch from the same lady almost everyday. She had a station setup on the beach. Every day, I'd surf for a bit, get really hungry, and head out to eat her freshly made stuff in some nasi campur around 11 to 11:30. Before the good stuff ran out and she served the other tourists.

Though it was a lot of fun, and relaxing, I wanted to see more of Bali. And for those who've been there, you'll know that Bali has way more to offer than the Aussie's version of Cancun known as Kuta and Legion.