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The beach!

Alright so what to do in Kuta?  There are endless trips to take around Bali.  Settle in with any tour operator and they’ll keep you busy and broke!  Better yet rent a scooter and take yourself around if you have the guts.  All I wanted to see was one of the local temples, the beach AND most importantly I wanted to learn to surf.  But first things first, I need to move hostels.  I pick another place nearby that is very nice.  It’s a bit fancy (it has a sweet pool!) and I love it.  It also has WiFi which is very important because I have some phone calls I need to make tonight.  (Later I will find out that the WiFi doesn’t work, FACK!, and despite all the crap I get fed from the hotel staff we can’t make it work.

Traffic - eepe!
  So much for my phone calls tonight.  I will have to try to make the calls tomorrow.) 

I walk down to a surf school and booked a two day lesson starting tomorrow.  YAHOO!!  I then spend the afternoon on the beach.  No better place to be!  I meet a fantastic Belgian named Laurent.  He’s travelling for 18 months right across the world!  Amazing!  Laurent is heading south tonight to see the sunset over Uluwatu temple and asks me to join him.  Heck yes!  I wanted to see that temple and what better way to see it than with a new friend who isn’t afraid to drive a scooter!  Laurent drives like a local!  My god he whips us in and around the traffic with ease and then freaks me out with the high speeds we reach on the open road.

Laurent and I in mid drive!
  His excuse is that we need to get there before sunset.  Ha, yah sure!  This guy loves the speed.  I do too, but I’m also afraid of road rash and death!

The temple setting is stunning!  It sits high on a cliff overlooking the crashing ocean waves.  The sun is starting to set as we arrive.  Tourists flock to see the beauty of this place and to feed to eager and FAT wild monkeys.  Be advised that these monkeys will take and eat anything they can grab from you.  One monkey took the glasses right off of a kids face.  Climbed right up him in a flash and stole them off his nose!  Then ran up a tree and nibbled on them.  These monkeys aren’t stupid, they know what’s coming.  A local buys some treats from a vendor, peanuts I think, and tosses the bag up the tree to the monkey.

One of my favourite views of all time.
  After a few attempts the monkey reaches for the treat which requires him to release the glasses.  The child, and his parents, are overjoyed!  And so is the monkey – yum, yum.   

Laurent is an excellent photographer.  He’s taking gorgeous photos of the monkeys, the sunset and the temple.  I tour around on my own and find a beautiful place to look out to the ocean.  Peace overwhelms me.  I love it here. 

Laurent and I ride back in the pitch black to Kuta.  We have no idea how to get home, whenever we’re lost we slow down and yell to the locals “Kuta?” they point in some direction and we keep going.
Monkeys, monkey's everywhere
  We find our way no problem.  The Balinese are so friendly!  We decide to go for drinks at a nice club then have dinner down some random back alley.  Its local cuisine alright, just the way I like it!  Satays and rice, local beers no tourist in the place.  Perfect.  Too bad they still charged us tourist prices! Ha!  I love hearing about Laurents journey, he’s just spent 2 months alone in India!  My god that is amazing.  And he’ll head north to Thailand when he’s done here, eventually making it to South America.  We talk about countries, family, friends, philosophy, I’m so lucky to meet such amazing people that I have so much in common with.   
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The beach!
The beach!
Traffic - eepe!
Traffic - eepe!
Laurent and I in mid drive!
Laurent and I in mid drive!
One of my favourite views of all t…
One of my favourite views of all …
Monkeys, monkeys everywhere
Monkeys, monkey's everywhere
From the other direction
From the other direction
More beach - it goes on and on and…
More beach - it goes on and on an…
Laurent taking pictures
Laurent taking pictures
O.k. now that is awesome!
O.k. now that is awesome!
Sunset
Sunset
I am one with the world!
I am one with the world!
Laurent and I
Laurent and I
Love this monkey!
Love this monkey!
Kuta
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