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Motorbikes- Denpasar & Kuta

Coconut Grove Sanur - Thursday 7/12/78- overcast and humid

We woke up at 5.30 and proceeded to sort out our bags. We seem to have so much stuff. At 8 am the agent came around with our motorbikes and accommodation vouchers. I decided not to get a bike and we got a Honda 125cc. They then showed us the way to Denpasar - to the bank and then to get the bikes insured. Talk about a hair raising ride. Nearly everyone owns a motorbike and there are hundreds and everyone beeps their horns. The cars are worse as they don't even try to drive far away from you. Denpasar was even worse as the traffic is so heavy. After getting the bike insured we drove to Sanur beach where I bought a dress for 3,000 rup and 3 sarongs for 7000 rup and 2 carved masks for Dad for 7000 rup. There was some surf out on the reef but the beach was very muddy. Lots of women sat on the ground frying corn cobs. All the Balinese seem to stare at you, but most are friendly. I was not very good at bargaining at first. Then we went back to Coconut Grove to put our stuff in our room and bought some pancakes for lunch. We then decided to go to Kuta. We drove into Denpasar which is a mad busy place and drove out again alive, though I don’t know how. We eventually found our way to Kuta, after many wrong turns. Once we stopped to ask some Balinese by the road if we were going the right way and they laughed at us.

At Kuta there are many Australians. There are so many little shops with gorgeous clothes I nearly went crazy. Brad bought 2 shirts for 4000 rup and I bought a dress for 1800 rup. After having a quick look around we went back to the hotel. We then decided to walk down our little dirt street. Everyone was out on the streets, children playing and men and women working. Every child yelled hullo to us. There were canals with dirty smelly water and children playing in them. There are lots of skinny ugly looking dogs, hens and chicks and bullocks. At the end of the street we started talking to a Balinese girl called Made Rimag who was 18. She invited us to her home. The home consists of a lot of little buildings. There are 2 buildings made of plaster for bedrooms, another for cooking, 2 for work sheds and others for storing. There is a well from which they get their water and a shrine to pray at. All the little children were scared of us. After talking and taking photos we walked home again and met two other Balinese girls. One was 16 and called Made Maria. We arranged to meet her at 9 o’clock to catch a bemo into Denpasar. At Coconut Grove we had 2 cold orange drinks and a pancake for dinner. They make the drinks cold by adding lots of ice which is beautiful.

Pool at Coconut Grove

Pool at Coconut Grove


Rabbit outside our room

Rabbit outside our room


Pool

Pool


Reading

Reading


Locals in our street

Locals in our street


Shopping in Denpasar

Shopping in Denpasar


Shopping in Denpasar

Shopping in Denpasar

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Indonesia

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