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Kuta visit

Not our scene

sunny 32 °C

Decided that we would go to Kuta today. This is a place i have heard mixed messages about. We decided to make our own decision. So we grabbed a blue bird taxi and headed off. Half an hour later were in Kuta. Compared to the rest of Bali we have seen Kuta is very built up. Taxi dropped us off in Kuta Square. I must admit we were underwhelmed. Straight away hit up by guys trying to flog off timeshare stuff. Had read about this scam and we were hit up straight away. They want you to take a scratchie which gives you the chance to win lots of things. Everyone is a winner, however, here is the catch they want you to go to a meeting where they will try and flog off timeshare packages. Then you can claim your prize, however, you need to buy into the timeshare package first. Have read they are very heavy handed. So when these guys asked i gave them a firm "no". We stopped and had some breakfeast and had a brief look around. Bars, nightclubs, restaurants and shops selling lots of useless stuff. This is not jen and my type of place. Streets were being hosed after a big Saturday night. After being hit up countless times by shop owners and timeshare guys we decided he go somewhere else. Jen was keen to do some shopping so we went to Discovery Mall a giant 4 level shopping centre. Jens eyes glazed over as we entered the shopping mall. She was in shopping mode. It was nice to walk around in air conditioning without being hassled by touts. I brought a nice shirt and i needed some new runners after blowing mine out on the volcano. Jen brought some sunglasses and some presents. Had a quick look at the back of the shopping centre which overloked the beach. Nice view.
After some retail therapy it was time for a beer/cocktail. Across the road to a very nice bar. We decided it was time to leave Kuta. I understand thousands of people visit Kuta and love it, however, it is not what jen and i like. Been there done that. Back to the quietness of Sanur.
While we have been at the hotel we have heard from time to time some loud gongs. Jen has worked out it sounded when a new guest arrives. Come to think of it they did sound the gong when we arrived. Just didnt think about it. That is why the old owner is waiting for you downstairs when you arrive. Ah well.
Wanted to go for seafood dinner down at the beach, however, the clouds rolled in and the rain came down as we set out. We decided to pick something close to home so we picked Made Warung. Had been wanting to have beef rendang so as they had this on the menu it was out choice tonight. Only a few people in the restaurant and some weird balinese music playing. Got settled and ordered our meals. Jen is a bit over balinese food so ordered something different of the menu. Everything arrived ok and the beef rendang was very good and jen enjoyed her meal. Another balinese meal off my list of food to eat. The rain had stopped and we made our way home.
Another day in bali finished.

Posted by andrewjenny 05:20 Archived in Indonesia

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lucky you are firm with these guys lots of people would fall for them looks like you are having a good time sampling food and drinks and exploring have fun

by kickabum

You have to keep your wits about you. Not everyone wants to rip you off. Just some.

by andrewjenny

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