13.09.2012 - 15.09.2012
Day 234 – Thursday 13th September
It was our first day here in Kuta, Lombok today, those 2 got up very early and after some breakfast headed off to go check out some of the surrounding beaches, I got up at half 10 just as they were leaving and had already agreed to give it a miss. After getting my free breakfast of banana pancake, which was very much below average, I went to the local beach which is only 5 minutes down the road, and once I got there I was shocked to find that the beach was completely deserted and I was literally the only person on this giant stretch of sand. I walked up and down it to see if maybe I wasn’t in the good part, but there was literally no one, bar a couple of locals trying to sell things, so I just sat down right in the middle of the white sand beach and got my book out and spent the next couple of hours just relaxing, so nice to be back on a beach again. The water here is also such a good temperature, and the weather is perfect. After a while of doing completely nothing, I went to go find myself a cheap lunch at one of the many restaurants along the beach. I eventually found this little local place with huge portions and it was very cheap. There were a few Indonesians eating in the restaurant at the time, and of course, on their way out they all asked to have a photo with me, so I obliged and we all had a good laugh with how shy they got and stuff. I kept thinking they were all gone so I’d take another bite of my meal then another one would turn up and I’d be trying to smile without all the food falling out my mouth. After that I sat on the beach for a couple more hours, and towards sunset there were a few clouds so I decided to call it a day and go back to the homestay around half 4. Once I’d showered, James and Fernando had made it back so I sat and chatted with them about where they’d been, and they’d just found a couple more beaches down the road which were also completely deserted and really nice. September is the start of low season, so that explains why it’s not that busy, but the fact that we’ve seen no one around in the day is a bit weird. They did meet one French guy on the way home, who decided to stay in the room next to us, and stay with us all night for dinner and stuff. In usual circumstances this would be fine, but he was a bit of a clown and sort of killed the conversations, so none of us were too happy with him, luckily he’s only here for one night. This New Zealand surfer guy, Austin, from one of the other rooms also joined us for dinner, he turned out to be pretty cool, even if he was a bit too in to surfing (as so many people are out here). At dinner we got harassed by the local bracelet mafia, all the kids go around selling these thread bracelets which they make, all saying the same lines like ‘ok you buy’ or ‘bracelet make you very handsome’ but there was one girl whose name was supposedly rip curl who could speak quite a lot of Spanish and was really funny, so I bought a couple off her. After we got back from dinner, Fernando went to use the internet for a while and James ditched me with the French guy as he’d had enough, and then around 10 I’d had enough so we all went to sit in the room saying we were going to bed. We stayed up for a while longer just chatting about random shit and went to sleep around half 12.
Day 235 – Friday 14th September
Frenchy decided to wake up at 6 today, and his alarm woke us up from next door and then he sat outside the room tapping away at the table for ages, so we all got up very early today, me being the latest at half 8! Luckily Frenchy has now left. It has been nice getting up in the morning though, and not spend the day in bed until 1 going to bed at ridiculous times. James had to go off to the next village to sort out a bank transfer or something, so me and Fernando just sat around chatting for a while, which was cool as he’s super interesting and not just because of the whole meditation shit. After a while I went to use the internet and upload the blog and some pictures and by the time I got back James was also back having had a fruitless mission going to the bank. Around 12 Austin got back from his early morning surfing trip and all 4 of us sat around for a while before heading off to get some lunch at a place called Mario’s on the beach. The food was even cheaper and better than yesterday, so I’m sure we’ll be back soon enough, Austin went back and the 3 of us went and sat on the beach for the afternoon. Once there we got attacked by kids selling bracelets, we had around 12 of them around us all trying to sell us some, but we really didn’t want any so we just chatted to them and laughed as they all jumped on top of each other, having this beach as your playground would be fucking awesome! There were a couple of really cute kids selling a different style of bracelet, so we got chatting to them and asked them to make me one in the colours I wanted, and James also got one made and sat and learnt how to do it himself. The kids here are all so friendly and once they know you’re not going to buy bracelets they just want to sit with you and learn English and play around, it’s all such a good laugh, and I don’t mind buying a couple off them so they can buy stuff for the family or whatever. We sat with some of them until sunset as James kept on making them, then me and Fernando left and looked to see if we could find a cheaper place to live on the way back as our guy doesn’t want to budge too much on the price, but we didn’t find anything amazing or with good wifi. James eventually made it back from the beach and after pissing about in the room for a while, we all went out for dinner at the place next door for a mean chicken satay. After that we went to check out a couple more homestays and see if they had decent wifi, but we couldn’t find one worth moving for, so we’ll just have to get the guy to come down a little bit on the price ;later. It’s not expensive or anything, but 3 of us are sharing one room so we should be getting a really good deal. James went to use the wifi for a while (long story short he makes money online, so he’s always got something to do on there) and Me and Fernando sat around chatting about life and things for ages before we all went to sit in bed for a while doing stupid brainteasers. The answers are always so funny and they do make you think even if they are impossible, can’t be bothered to write one out, but just google brainteaser if you don’t know what I mean (sort of riddles or logic puzzles I guess you could say). All in all a really fun day today, I’ve completely fallen in love with this place!
Day 236 – Saturday 15th September
Managed to stay in bed for a bit longer today, and didn’t get up until half 10, which is still ridiculously early for me. Once up James went to use the internet, as usual, and me and Fernando sat chilling here having our banana pancakes and listening to music and shooting the shit. After a while we decided to move to the beach and sit in the sun reading for a while. James eventually turned up and we all sat chatting on the sand for a while before I 3 little friends came running over having finished school (half 12 over here) and we got them to make us a couple of bracelets as they taught James another style of doing them. Once he was eventually finished, he’s nowhere near as quick as the girls, we went back to Mario’s for some lunch where we got harassed my some real bastard kids trying to sell us bracelets, or more appropriately trying to force us to buy bracelets, and completely ruining our lunch. The boys are nowhere near as nice as the girls, and they really don’t have the same cuteness, instead they just seem like angry mafia kids who deserve a slap. Once we managed to ditch the kids, we all sat on the beach and pretty much fell asleep, once I sat up we got approached by loads of kids trying to sell things, as well as some girls from the local high school. Their teacher wanted them to ask us some questions and improve their English, but instead they all ran away screaming as they were so shy (they were at least 16 years old!) so eventually I offered to take a picture with them and that really got them going, they were all so excited it was ridiculous, screaming and laughing like 2 year olds. After the picture they all pretty much ran away and then a group of 14 year old girls came over in a group with their teacher having been asked to do the same thing, and they were much less giddy. So I sat and had a chat with them as they shoved microphones in my face and the teacher sat there filming me, they asked all the usual questions like where am I from, and where have I been and stuff, as well as a few about one direction which is their favourite band. After telling them that it was terrible music, a few of them got a bit offended and didn’t speak so much, but the rest carried on and asked me things like why I wasn’t an actor or singer ‘because I’m so handsome’ feels like I’m back in China getting compliments like that. Once they were finished with questions I sat for a few pictures with them, and their teacher insisted on having one with me as well, which was hilarious and then they were all gone. The young bracelet girls then came back and I couldn’t resist getting another one made and having a chat with the cutest one, at one point James told them he couldn’t buy any more bracelets as he had to buy a ticket to the moon, and she said that’s not possible and he said but everything is possible, and she said ‘maybe if you drink magic mushroom juice you can go to the moon.’ I was rolling around in laughter! This came from a 9 or 10 year old girl from a tiny village on a tiny island in the middle of Indonesia, absolutely incredible and if I had it on tape I think I’d watch it on repeat for the rest of my life, it was perfect timing and coming from her it was just too funny. We also met a couple more locals, including a 19 year old guy who was married with a kid (typical out here) unlucky bastard, and this older woman selling sarongs who gave me a good story of her life and mecca and other things. So many interactions with locals around here, it’s been brilliant, and then it was sunset and we hit the road. Then it was chicken satay time, where we were harassed by that cunt kid from earlier still trying to shift bracelets by shouting at us and sticking up his middle finger, because that’s always going to work, prick! After dinner I went on the internet for a little while, found out about Kate Middleton, what a shame I mean she’s perfect in every way and her tits are like that! Just joking I still love our princess. Then I sat to watch the united game, an easy 4-0 and two debutants getting amazing goals, how could I be happier! By the end of the game it was already midnight so we sat in bed doing a couple more brainteasers and then went to sleep.