Asia | South East Asia | Indonesia | Nusa Tenggara | Bali | Kuta – No really means cheaper
I’m here in Bali. Its really weird, but this is the first place I’ve got to with absolutely no idea where I was going to stay. I attached myself to these 2 other English girls and got a taxi to take us around looking for cheap accommodation. Hah!!! Found a place but ended up paying 3 times what the lonely planet says. So a bit worried about how accurate the guidebooks are, though I think we might be staying in the upmarket area as there are barely any backpackers around.
Really surreal walking along the beach though watching the surfers with the sun going down. Pretty cool. The shop owners are awful, you have to walk along and make no eye contact whatsoever, otherwise they totally harass you. They have no concept of the meaning of ‘no’. They think it means you just want a lower price, not that you’re really not interested. I was practically dragging this guy along with me, he was clutching at my arm refusing to believe I was leaving his shop without buying anything. The other 2 just stood there laughing.
Leaving Kuta tomorrow and heading up to Ubud, too expensive here. Though Kate and Claire don’t think so, probably coz they’ve come from the UK. So on my own tomorrow then meeting up with them again at the weekend and they’re on the same flight as me to Singapore as well. Really weird coz in Australia they were staying right round the corner from me as well.