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Published: August 18th 2018
We started this day with a successful quest for a smoothie bowl. We had breakfast at Nebula.
Kristy had an Acai Berry Bowl and Brad had the Healthy Bowl. Both were pretty good but left Kristy still hungry. As we walked by the street entrance to the Sheraton, we saw a sign advertising the happy hours at the hotel/pool bars. The pool bar service had 60k mojitos from noon to 8pm. We decided to take advantage and have afternoon mojitos.
We settled into a pair of lounges in the sun next to the pool. We had transferred to the pool to cool off when the waiter made his rounds. Kristy ordered the Naked Mojito and Brad requested the Berry. The Naked was made with brown sugar and used basil instead of mint. The Berry was made with blueberries. We imbibed while soaking in the pool.
After a pair of mojitos, it was time to go pick up our laundry. We went back to the Kutabex to find the entrance blocked with a tarp. Great. . . We looked in and there appeared to be some type of gathering. Many men were inside sitting around on the floor in what looked
to be a prayer session. We decided to wait for a little past the prescribed 2pm pickup before trying again. Brad spotted another entrance that looked a little more open. We went around to the front and after a little back and forth were able to get our laundry. To our surprise, they actually did a pretty good job and used a fragrant detergent.
With our errand run for the day, we went out to the beach. We set up shop at Aji’s Bar (one of the beer vendors with patio furniture and a cooler
). We sipped Bintang suds and sporatically swam in the surf. Merchants were consistently stopping by to sell us a variety of items. Bracelets, archery, chips, cigarettes, ice cream, carvings, sunglasses, massages. When a manicure lady stopped by, Kristy was sold. She still had gel on her nails from our wedding. The lady worked on Kristy’s toes and hands right on the beach. Because Kristy was trapped, she was inundated with vendors pushing items. One bracelet lady started putting jewelry on Kristy because she couldn’t move. A massage lady wouldn’t take no for an answer from Brad. Eventually, he paid her 10k (1/5th
of a massage price) to go away. Kristy rebuffed all other offers.
The manicure turned out quite well.
We left the beach around 4:30, showered up quickly, and headed to the rooftop of Bene
(Sheraton restaurant) for dinner. We sat at a high-top along the railing of the platform. From our perch, we had a perfect view of the sun as it set over the Indian Ocean. Brad had a pizza and Kristy the gnocchi. The food was average, but the view was spectacular. We captured the sunset on a GoPro time lapse. After dinner, we turned in for the night.
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