So the days in Bali are passing by one after another. We had a big swell arriving the other day which had me sitting on the beach and watching the better and bolder surfers get their fair share of nice, and sometimes barreling waves. Yesterday and today the swell has been more of my kind, 3-5 ft according to the surf forecast and although it’s insanely crowded and hard to get a wave without being dropped in on I’ve gotten some nice rides. I’m trying to work on surfing backhand (going left on the wave) but it’s quite hard and I don’t seem to get my knees where I want them but practice makes perfect as they say. Unfortunately the wind has been pretty strong in the afternoons which makes the waves really choppy, almost felt like surfing in Sweden! Except from the fact that I could wear my bikini and not a 6/5/4 wetsuit with hood, boots and gloves…
A couple of days ago Linda turned yet another year older and wiser, and I decided to spoil her for one full day! We started of with a 90 minute, very well needed, massage at Spring Spa (found this place thanks to Sunshinestories blogpost about Seminyak). We did some shopping and had a really tasty lunch and ice-cream. In the evening we had dinner with some friends, then moved on to the sunday party at Deus and the evening ended with a party at Echo beach in the moonlight. A busy but fun and memorable day!
Today we took a taxi to the famous temple of Tanah lot. We had been warned that it’s quite a tourist trap but decided to go there anyways. The temple and surrounding is really beautiful and well worth a visit, as long as you don’t expect to be the only ones there. There was shops everywhere and people elbowing each other to get some photos of the temple. After a long and sweaty day we spent the evening watching the sunset at the beach in Berawa and I got to surf for an hour, did only get one wave though since it was really crowded and I had a hard time reading the waves.
It’s raining in Bali, a lot! It’s also raining in our bathroom, (which by the way has the size of a small apartment) and I still don’t seem to have any luck with the waves. Yesterday was really small, the tide was too high in the morning, then the wind messed up the waves but at last I got one hour in the water just before sunset. I was hoping for some bigger waves today but as I mentioned it’s been raining all day long and it’s not really recommended to surf after a heavy rainfall. Heaps of garbage and trash is getting washed into the ocean and the water gets very nasty. Don’t feel like getting sick the last couple of days…
Yesterday I felt like a true hacker! First the wifi on my mobile phone refused to co-operate, I tried everything; cursing, begging, restarting it, trowing it on the bed, you name it, but nothing worked! Ultimately I had to reset the entire phone, send all my pics and contacts via bluetooth to my computer and move apps back and forth, puh! After that the memory-card in my digital camera went nuts and erased all the pictures we had been taking during the day. Believe me when I say that I was pretty close to a mental breakdown by then. Some google’ing later, installed a sketchy program and managed to recreate all the photos, and a million old ones as well… Happy (and tired) surfsyster!
Apart from all the weather and technical issues we’ve moved from Puri Rama Homestay since they were fully booked but we found a really nice little place just across the street, don’t want to get too wild and crazy on the holiday do we?! The place is called Arik Homestay (firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations) and so far we can really recommend it! The rooms are nice and clean, there’s a small outdoor kitchen, it’s really cheap (200,000 IDR/room/night) and super friendly staff.
Here are some of the photos I managed to rescue from the horrible memory-card-incident;