I went to Bali, Indonesia for five days with a personal charter service to get around the area.
The Balinese guide spoke very little English, but his Japanese was top-notch. The driver was Balinese as well but he never said anything. This was a two day service that we paid for, useful for up to 12 hours per day. Well worth the money.
Here are some things that I found interesting…
- The street vendors are seriously desperate for your money; they will put their arm around you and call you buddy, boss, pal, amigo…
- You can see families of three riding on scooters; husband in front, wife in the back, newborn in the middle. There is heavy bike traffic in Bali, these scooter bikes outnumber cars at least 10:1. The way these people drove had me anticipating an accident, but luckily I didn’t see any, even when scooters took 90 degree turns at 60 km/h.
- The locals are laid back and spend a lot of time just sitting around outside on the streets … kind of like the steps back home. I liked this. In Japan things are so busy and nobody has anytime.
- The women have an exotic touch, dark skin and eyes, slim bodies with slight curves and natural skin. At the massage parlor an attractive woman gave me a full body massage but her hand strength was like the Hulk. Such a delicate looking woman with such power.
- There are temples and stone sculptures everywhere. If you’re interested in sightseeing ruins, here it is. The beaches are beautiful, and crowded with Australians. The Japanese are into sightseeing. I’m into chillin’.
- Everything is cheap. This was amplified by the fact that I was coming from Japan. Japan is the type of place where people pay $6 for a cup of coffee; where watermelon is $40 and smaller than a basketball. In Bali you can get a fresh coconut filled with different kinds of 100% natural fruit juice for $1; a meal with a good size steak for $6.
- Wild monkeys that steal from people in the parks. There’s this forest near the edge of a cliff, the drop is about 30 m down into the water (in some places rocks). The monkeys like to run around this area and mess with people.
- My hotel was 10 seconds from the terrorist attack site of 2002-10-12 which over 90 Australians and 100 locals were killed. Like most monuments, it draws loiterers. It’s a great place to sit down and chat because it’s next to a busy street. Lots of people passing by and lots of things to see while sitting on the steps.