So after another boring day wasted on a bus, boat, bus again we arrive in Kuta, Bali a little after midnight. I was quite shocked by what i first saw. With Bali it's deceived as an paradise island but it's just another costa del sol, but this time for the aussie's. So after checking in to our room we thought we would check out the town. A lot of the accommodation is set down alley ways about 10 minutes from town. Walking through here, would soon prove to be annoying with hassle from prostitutes. So walking through the town we was and everyone was hammered. Kuta will be great for a party so good times ahead can be expected. We eventually end up at a internet cafe. It's not worth drinking we decided as it's so late.
Today we wake up just after 11 am and decide were in desperate need of a beach day. The weather hasn't been good the last few weeks since leaving Thailand and our tans are fading fast. So the beach in kuta is filthy. Mainly because it's still rainy season there so a lot of things tend to get washed up, ie syringes. Unfortunately the sand is volcanic so they have to import white sand from else where. By the time we arrived i think the white sand must of been washed away as we couldn't see it. Needless to say we still enjoyed our time on the beach. Oh the water isn't clear either but that doesn't matter, does it??. So after throwing a ball about, making the most of the sun and giving more interviews to kids we decided now would be a good time to get showered and head out. We started off with a few beers in local bars in our alley and then headed in to town. We checked out a few bars and then found an irish bar called, wait for it!!! Paddy's. (Who would of thought). So we was sitting in there amongst hundreds of Australians. The proved to be very generous people. As you enter you can pay a fee and get drinks free to 12 pm, we didn't but the Aussie's kept giving us there share so we was sorted. Man u vs spurs was on the telly so i pulled up a seat to watch that. Shortly after mark joined me and then some Swiss girls joined us. So the football wasn't going to good, the night was looking bleak and then suddenly Carlos Tevez nips in with a stern header to salvage us a point. Get in. After that we spent the rest of the night with the Swiss girls getting way to drunk again.
So today was mark's birthday day, 26 but still looking 18. A good thing of course. So we got down the beach about 2 o'clock. The weather wasn't great but that didn't put us off. We decided to get a surfing lesson here. Bali is one of the best places to surf in the world so here would be a good place to start. We need practice before we get to oz to. So after a briefing about the equipment and how to stand correctly we hit the water. Actually i hit it more than most people as my balance sucks so i kept falling off. Mark took to it a treat though and was soon standing and riding in much to my annoyance. Ok lets not give him all the praise here. As i had tried it a few times before i got given a board not as big and as wide as his. He had a beginners and i had not quite a beginner. He's slightly better than me. After enough of that and a groin strain it's time to get ready to go out. Whilst walking the street whilst Mark was on the internet i bumped in to our friend Brandon. We hadn't seen him for a couple of months so it was great to catch up. We all arranged to met in a bar for drinks tonight and to help mark celebrate his birthday. After a few beers and a bite to eat we hit the main strip. We was also joined by some spanish guy who Brandon knows to. We went to some little bar to watch the football first and then back to Paddy's. Here we met the swiss girls again. After a dance and a few to many jungle juices, i'm not sure what's in them but they get you wasted. Oh i best say this but the irish bar is where one of the bali bombings a couple of years ago. Also a shop called roxy and another franchise it town. It's a strange feeling knowing that has happened where you are and it could happen again anytime. In the street amongst the rows of shops there a huge area which looks like waste land. Well it use to be a shop which was bombed killing 190 people there. There still waiting to build a memorial.
Today we chilled out by the pool with the swiss girls, went to Quantas office to pay an admin fee for changing our flights and then went for a surf with brandon. Come the evening there was torrential rain and all the streets were about a foot underwater. Not nice to walk through as you know it's all raised from the sewage drains. We chilled out in swells bar and watched a movie, an extremely bad one to say the least.
Today we leave for the Gili Islands for a few nights before returning. 10 hours of boat and bus to look forward to.