I might write up something in greater detail later, but I really don’t want to bore people with minutiae of my boring vacation. Here’s the two sentence rundown. I spent the first three night in Kuta, partying with Aussies at the Barong Hotel and other spots in Kuta. From Sunday through Tuesday I was in Ubud, relaxing in the sedate atmosphere at Pertiwi Resort and Spa, enjoying fine dining and doing a little sightseeing.
I visited the sight of the October 2002 bombings, it is only about 100 meters from the Barong Hotel. A large memorial is now on the location of Paddy’s Pub (which relocated about 200 meters down the road). The site of the Sari Club is a somber, vacant lot. Takings pictures seemed sacrilegious.
I ate at a number of good restaurants in Ubud, some new, some retooled, and some golden oldies. Lamak was excellent, good food, great wine selection, though a little pricey. Very pretty girls waiting tables though. Bebek Bengil was very good, as always. And beautiful ambiance with the full moon hanging over the gardens. Mystical. And I know I ate at Tutmak the last time I was in Bali, though it wasn’t called Tutmak back in 1999.
It was a relaxing little trip. Bali seems to be coming back from the disaster of 2002. There are still plenty of closed shops and a definite rise in the number of people begging on the streets. But everyone I talked to said things were getting better. There was definitely some anxiety about the upcoming Indonesian elections. A couple guys I spoke with thought that terrorists might try to influence the election with another round of attacks on Bali. That is the last thing Bali needs right now.
Without further ado, some pictures I took on Tuesday:
Oh yeah, if you need a taxi in the Kuta area, you can’t go wrong with Ketut Sukadana. He hangs out at the Barong Hotel.