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Day 33 - Life's a Beach

semi-overcast 31 °C

After 3 days continuous diving, it was time to relax and have a "beach day" - the first of the holiday !
After a lazy breakfast we made our way to our private beach, laid our towels out in true Germanic style and
went for a walk around the shoreline and up to a Hindu-Buddhist Temple perched on peninsula of land nearby.
As per usual it was 31c again (the average it's been everyday on the holiday) and
the water was still a barmy 30c but we put up with it :-) after a leisurely walk we had went for a swim,
thinking our sea life spotting had finished only to find a Banded Sea Snake in 3ft of water next to our feet !
Hastily swimming past it, not wanting to get bitten, we swing across the bay and back.
A break from the sun was called for, so went walked into the local town and had a Balinese Massage,
They asked how we would like it ;-0 soft, medium or hard ? - it was Ike ordering a steak.
Irene went for "medium-rare" and I went for "well-done" - only to regret it once "Mike Tyson" had started on my back,
Slightly embarrassingly I had to ask her to turn the heat down a touch as the tears ran down my face.
We then hobbled back to our hotel for a spot of lunch in our garden patio.
However just we got sat down the heavens opened with a torrential downpour but in true Indonesian style -
It lasted 1/2 hour, dried up in 1/2 hr and we were back to normal again. Unlike Blighty when it's set in for the day (or week!).
Once the rain had stopped (not that it mattered) we went down to the beach again for another dip in the sea.
On the way we passed the beachside bar to see a palm tree that had fallen in the rain being sawn up and
cleared away by the hotel staff. However this was done in "Bali style" Health & Safety - Not.
This guy had a chainsaw cutting the trunk into pieces just wearing a pair of shorts and flip flops !
It was frightening to watch, one slip and he would have gone straight through his foot or leg !
After our swim, we passed by the remains of the palm tree again and
thankfully there were no limbs scattered on the floor.
A shower and a couple of beers later we ventured back out into the town for a spot of dinner at
a local restaurant rather than stay in the hotel for a second night, the hotel food was good, but its great to eat out at local restaurants.

Posted by Andy-Irene 02:16 Archived in Indonesia

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