I got up this morning after a pretty disturbed sleep, I seemed to wake up every hour for no reason. Very annoying. My ear was feeling marginally better, and I had breakfast etc as usual.
I had planned on just lazing around all day and doing nothing, which started as planned.
I had a very interesting conversation with Will Pattemore via WhatsApp this morning (which is a bloody miracle in it's self, as despite owning a BlackBerry smart phone you may as well try and reach him via smoke signals, for all the difference it makes!). Long story short; he's really not enjoying his job and actually seems to be acting on his chat about doing some travelling! I felt pretty sorry for him really, and gave him as much encouragement as I could to get out there. He's keen for as much help as I can give him when I'm home, and I'm just as keen to tell him how much fun he can have. We'll see..
I pretty much just read until lunch, finishing the book I was borrowing from Saskia - 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'. I thought it was very very good book, and am so glad there are more in the series. I WhatsApp'ed her while she's in Thailand telling her I had finished it, and was going to look for the next one. To my delight she said she already had it, and would probably have nearly finished it when she gets back to Bali...Result!
I had lunch and sat talking to Wesley (the only remaining original part of the group when I arrived in Canggu, but he has been away and back a few times) and an English chick he had met called Elizabeth. It turned out they were planning on going down to Uluwatu this afternoon for a few days.
I have to start my application for a new VISA on the 5th (3 weeks since I entered Bali) for which I need to go to the Immigration Office next to the Airport.
I was going to go down to Uluwatu for that time anyway as its closer, but wasn't going to leave until tomorrow, but when they invited me along I thought why not, and joined in.
By the time the torrential rain had relented and just became a drizzle (it's rained a lot every day since arriving back from Lembongan!) and I had rented out a scooter with a board rack, it was about 4pm. We got all our kit together, donned ridiculous looking Ponchos and set off.
The drive was just as mental as I expected, if not worse, due to the extreme traffic in Kuta. The combination of New Year tourists and flooding due to the rain, meant the roads were ever more manic. We eventually arrived at Bingin, just North of Uluwatu about 6ish as It was getting close to sunset.
The are resorts on patches of land behind the cliffs, but there are also small places to stay built down/into the cliffs themselves. We considered staying in one of these cliff front ones, but with all out stuff and the steps were more like hiking than stepping, we decided to stay in one at the top.
That suited me, as when I was packing my stuff up at Serenity I squatted down and heard+felt my left knee cap clonk and move. It was sore straight away but just assumed it would click back into place... After 2 hours on the scooter I could barely walk at all in Bingin, so the steps for me werent much of an option.
We has dinner at the place we chose straight away, as we were all starving, and I spent the rest of the evening with my left leg in the air with ice on my knee...perfect. Like I said to Mum in a message - I've no idea what I have done to deserve such bad luck with my health recently!
(Photo - Ponchos for the ride to Bingin!)