Cock fighting and headless dolphins

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Dolphin Statue

People i met here who contributed to, and improved my trip: Julia (Russia)

After a long day travelling, all we were interested in was a shower and something to eat. We checked into a cheap but clean hotel and after freshening up, went in search of some grub. Everything seemed quite expensive by Indonesias standards, so we took out the Lonely Planet and had a look at what they recommended. Sadly the first thing that so many places who get a mention do, is to hike their prices up. Whether it be a hotel, a restaurant or tour guide, they just can't help themselves. It was no different here, so after walking around for 45 minutes, we ended up settling for a mid priced place. The food was ok, but they decided that they didn't want to honour their happy hour price list - even though there was still 10 minutes left of it.

Lovina Beach
Rather than staying for a drink, we therefore left to have a little walk around.

On Thursday we had a light breakfast at the guesthouse, before going to Lovinas sandy black beach. Walking up and down, we eventually came across a large gathering of locals situated just up from the beach. I went to investigate and saw a frenzy of people waving their arms around in a large square. When i peered in, i realised it was a cock fight. There was actually a pretty large crowd and i was told it was a rarity to see one in Lovina, it was only taking place as an extension of the Independence Day celebrations. I decided to watch one contest before heading back down to the beach.

We spent an hour or so trying torelax and sunbathe, but were constantly approached by people 'not' selling things, they just wanted to talk, supposedly.

Frenzied betting
After a few minutes it always came out that by chance they ran Dolphin spotting trips or had some beads on them that they were willing to sell. It all got  bit annoying as even when they first approached you and you told them you were not interested, they insisted on sitting down and trying to talk and then sell something. I normally don't mind vendors too much, but these were particularly persistent and ruined the time we were on the beach.

Fish and Chips was the obvious choice for lunch, and although very tasty, i still stick by my opinion that English Fish and Chips are the best in the World :) The restaurant that we ate in looked out to the beach, where there was Dolphin statue that had been beheaded, not really a monument to draw the tourists in! Lovina was only ever meant as a brief stop, so after lunch we gathered our belongings and headed back into the mountains.

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Dolphin Statue
Dolphin Statue
Lovina Beach
Lovina Beach
Frenzied betting
Frenzied betting
Lovina Beach
Lovina Beach
The 2 cocks are prepared to fight
The 2 cocks are prepared to fight
In the heat of the battle
In the heat of the battle
Lovina
photo by: JP-NED