Bali bound: Kuta beach in Bali, Indonesia.
It was sad to say goodbye to everyone in Chiang Mai, but I knew it was time to move on.
If only for a little while.
I arrived in Bali, after flying all day through a crazy flight path I concocted to save a few dollars and to save taking a bus to Bangkok, at 11pm.
I went straight to bed.
The next day I explored Kuta, a beach that everyone told me was shit.
But I liked it.
Sure, it was crowded with backpackers.
Sure, there were brand-name stores and tourists everywhere.
But with a slightly overcast sky, temperatures more glorious than anywhere I’ve been in the last five months, and amazingly dramatic water reflections, it was refreshing.
I spent the morning walking the beach with an Indonesian surfer.
Because, as I’ve found, it’s impossible to walk the beach without a young Indonesian asking to join you.
We played a version of the floor is lava, jumping down the beach trying only to land on crab holes.
We watched children shoot bbs at crabs.
We sat on the beach for a while.
That night I joined a girl from California for dinner.
She was 22 and it was her first day ever in Asia.
She asked me a million questions, one after another, about Bali, and Indonesia.
Despite the fact that I had only been there less than 24 hours myself.
Lisa @chickybusJuly 17, 2012at9:46 am
The sand in Kuta looks quite nice, based on what i see in these photos. Perhaps it’s better than in Sanur…? Whatever the case, these are some great photos!
ValJuly 18, 2012at8:00 am
Yeah, Kuta was better than expected! Sure there were a lot of people and touts, but it was a pretty OK place!
HannyJuly 18, 2012at2:41 am
Hope you’re enjoying your time in Bali, Val! If you have some time, take a motorcycle ride to Uluwatu, Dreamland, Blue Point (professional surfers’ beach) and PadangPadang beach 🙂 – they’re all located nearby. And if you’re planning to stay longer in Bali, please go to Ubud for a more secluded artsy atmosphere 🙂
ValJuly 18, 2012at8:23 am
I did Uluwatu and am in Ubud now! I’ll probably be back to the beaches next week – I really want to see some surfers in action!
HannyJuly 19, 2012at1:46 am
Wow, you are fast! :)) Have planned to ride on a boat with the dolphins in Lovina? 🙂 When you’re done with Bali, you could also ride a boat to an island Gili Trawangan in Lombok ^^ Have fun!