Anyway, we were sitting in the car, and within two minutes the hawkers started appearing wanting to sell us watches, jewellery, sarongs, sun glasses. We were not in the mood! I had my window down getting some fresh air and was just sitting there with this wretched look on my face and one poor guy came up to me to sell me jewellery. I shook my head saying “no” but he persisted, I told him I had no money that his #$%^&! Immigration Department had taken it all and with that burst into tears – needless to say that got rid of him – hehe. Lovina looked nice but we didn’t stay, we carried on and drove for another hour or so and ended up in Pemuteran.
|Sunset reflected in the pool|
|Our Bungalow at Rening|
We carried on down the coast to a little backwater called Pantai Soka (Pantai means beach). We only stayed one night as there was nothing there really and the surf was HUGE so no swimming. Actually the constant pounding noise of the surf gave me a head throb in the end as we were staying right above the beach.
|Retro, Bali Style!|
Next stop was Tanah Lot which is a famous Temple by the sea. Of course this is where we met “touristville”. The Tanah Lot village is very much set up for tourists so we basically paid our entrance fee, went in, saw Tanah Lot and walked out again. It was nice to see and would have been lovely at sunset.
One of the strangest things we did see that was most unexpected was, for want of a better word, a backyard zoo of reptiles. We were walking past one of the shops on the way to the Temple and this guy was sitting there with this rather large Python snake in a box. Of course you can have your photo taken with “Johnny” for a small fee but I didn’t bother as I’ve done it a couple of times before. He happened to mention that he had a much bigger Python out the back if we were interested in seeing it. So we did and he wasn’t wrong, Jake is a huge snake, weighing in at over 60kg (we can’t remember the exact weight but it was a lot). He also had bats. Big bats, that were hanging about the place in the daylight which seemed strange and also a good size Iguana lizard which was beautiful. We felt sorry for these poor beasts but took photos anyway and of course made a donation towards the feeding fund.
|Just hanging around!|
Berawa was much quieter than Seminyak and is a major surf spot in Bali. It was a nice sandy beach and we walked to Seminyak one day – about 1.5 hours walk one way. I had the worst pancake of my life at one of the seaside café’s there – I didn’t like the look of it to start with but took one mouthful anyway but had to spit it out, it was disgusting. So we went to the next door café and I tried their French toast – that was just as bad! Imagine, two slices of bread dipped in egg with a packet of cinnamon mixed into it and then sandwiched together and cooked on the outside only – the inside was still mushy raw egg and cinnamon – mmmmmm – not! Brent showed them what to do but the 2nd version wasn’t much better so I gave up and just had coffee!
|On the way from Rick & Lita's|
We couldn’t stay the night as Rick had a Retreat starting the next day and guests were arriving, so we headed back out and once again got lost – more backtracking and after a very long day/evening we finally ended up in Padang Bai at 9pm looking for somewhere to stay. Padang Bai is basically a port town where people get the ferries to Lombok and Gilli Islands. There wasn’t much there so we only stayed the night and then we carried on to Candidasa (pronounced Chandidasa).
|Homestay at Candidasa|
We didn’t want to leave Candi dasa or the lovely place we were staying but leave we did, heading home along the coast to Amed which is renowned for it’s wonderful snorkeling and diving.
We didn’t stop here as it’s right on our doorstep anyway and can head back for a weekend anytime (she says, hopefully we won’t run out of time!)
|Coast of Amed|
Back to Tulamben and our little abode, unpacking, washing and getting the brain engaged to teach again on Monday. It was a nice time away and gave us a good overview as to the impact tourism has on the different towns and villages here. No tourists, poor economy. No water and no tourists (like Tianyar) even poorer economy.
|Pina Colada Duck!|