legian (part 1)

Posted in bali, indonesia, legian by moonwire on May 21, 2009

My first real day in Legian started off with breakfast at the hotel bar across the street called ‘Bar Joni’. It really is a neat place with a fairly big pool right in the middle. That’s also where I access the net from. There’s a lot of internet cafes, just no free wifi hotspots.

The restaurant and pool at my hotel.

My (free) breakfast consisted of toast with butter and jam (hah), some really good coffee… mmm, I’ve missed that, and fruit. It was already really hot at 8.30. It just never seems to cool down one bit. After brekkie I bought a SIM card. I chatted a little with the girl, Wayan, who helped me set it up. People here smile a lot and say ‘halo’ a lot. Not just the hawkers trying to sell you the ‘copy watch’, ‘copy handbag’ (it’s as bad here as it was in Tsim Sha Tsui in Hong Kong) but also random people on the beach, the construction workers at the pool here (there’s a bunch of very flirtatious young ones here. They can’t be older than 16 yet they are blowing me kisses. I could be their mother!)

In the afternoon I took a walk along Jl. Pantai, the beach road into Kuta. Speaking of the Seventh Circle of Hell. I was thinking of relocating there because it’s a bit cheaper but after wandering around for about 10 minutes I knew there was no way I was going to stay there. The streets are even narrower than here. No sidewalks, frenetic traffic. Motorbikes, cars, pedestrians. No rules. Madness. I have decided I’m going to stay in Legian til I’m ready to move away from this part of Bali. But so far I really like it. Legian is not too busy. At least there’s not flocks of  20 year old Aussie kids here. They are in Kuta 🙂

This morning I went for an early morning swim at Legian beach. It was beautiful. The water was warm, it was very quiet and I enjoyed being in the water. After a quick swim, I got some breakfast and l went for a long walk in the surf. All the way from Legian to Tuban, which is south of Kuta and that’s pretty much where the airport is. It was really nice and I got a bit of a sunburn, despite using sunscreen. You can see the strap of my messenger bag across my chest. How sexy is that?

Legian beach.

I got back to the hotel and took a shower and chilled out for a bit. Not for too long because I wanted to go back to the beach. I got myself a chair and an umbrella and went for a swim. Unfortunately, the tide was low and I had to walk quite a bit to get into the water, but it was lovely. It was warm, but breezy.. A lady came by with fresh pineapple. She cut the thing right in front of me. Very quickly she managed to get it peeled and get those little thingies (I don’t know the word for the things where the skin attaches itself to the fruit) removed. It tasted really sweet. Yum. I ate the whole thing (okay, it was a fairly small one, but still).

After chilling out at the beach for a few hours I got bored with it (and slightly sunburnt) so I went back to Joni’s bar (which belongs to the hotel) for some nasi goreng, which is Indonesian fried rice, with satay and krupuk (shrimp crackers.). Not vegetarian, but oh, did the satay ever taste good. The food is great here. I really enjoy it.

Different view: hotel pool.

Chilling out at the hotel now for a bit. I’ll go back to Joni’s later for a Bintang when it’s happy hour.

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