Bali is "tube city"


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July 31st 2006
Published: July 31st 2006
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A hastily arranged (and free, courtesy of China Airlines) 2.5-day trip to Bali was, as they say, just what the doctor ordered. Kuta beach was "tube city," a surfer's dream, and my 6am swim was bliss. This was my second trip to Bali, and I found myself liking it more this time around, despite the fact that we missed the sunset at Jimbaran Beach because our "herbal oil massage" lasted nearly 3 hours. Nonetheless, the seafood barbecue -lobsters, prawn and barricuda- at Jimbaran made up for it.


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Mellow morningMellow morning
Mellow morning

I took my dip not far from here, just south of Kuta Beach proper.
Colors coming outColors coming out
Colors coming out

As I backfloated in the morning water, the clouds began to glow pink in the warmth of the rising sun.
Mount Rinjani LoomsMount Rinjani Looms
Mount Rinjani Looms

That's Lombok island's Gunung Rinjani looming in the distance.
Bali awakensBali awakens
Bali awakens

Soon the cool morning mist will be burned away...
Happy SharonHappy Sharon
Happy Sharon

Our 3-hour herbal oil massage was about to commence.
Tube cityTube city
Tube city

The waves were rockin on Monday in Kuta.
A surfer's paradiseA surfer's paradise
A surfer's paradise

From out the window of our Boeing 747, Bali appears as a heaven for surfers.
Gunung BaturGunung Batur
Gunung Batur

Bali's highest peak, Gunung Batur, stands above the clouds.
Nameless ParadiseNameless Paradise
Nameless Paradise

Actually, it probably has a name. Some Micronesia-esque diving paradise about 10 minutes from Bali on our descent.
Sea gaurdianSea gaurdian
Sea gaurdian

I like the little statues that adorn the entrances along Kuta Beach.
Heaven descendingHeaven descending
Heaven descending

Zues' abode descending to Earth.
Surf's upSurf's up
Surf's up

There were many surfers out today, almost as many as there were touts, who are the most obnoxious I have ever come across in my travels in Southeast Asia.
Asia readingAsia reading
Asia reading

I'm devouring this book, The Malayan Trilogy, by Anthony Burgess. "There was no beer in the wardrobe, nor under the bed, nor in four of the drawers of the dressing-table. But the fifth drawer revealed treasure. Nabby Adams looked, like hungry Gulliver eyeing Lilliputian sirloins, at a neat collection of tiny bottles containing single glassfuls of various liquers." -quote from book.


31st July 2006

poor you
"we missed the sunset at Jimbaran Beach because our "herbal oil massage" lasted nearly 3 hours..." BOO-HOO!!!! Oh the tragedy! ;) Glad you guys had a great trip! Keep on peopling the blogosphere! Mike

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