Bye Bye Bali, Bali Bye Bye


The Details
Date: 12 March and 13 March 2011 
Where I’ve Been: Kuta, Bali
Where I’ve Stayed: Senen Beach Inn and Hotel Lusa. 

I am fully aware that my posts are becoming more and more sentimental and I make no apologies for this, because as I sit here in my room on my last day before I fly home, after 18 months travelling, I feel very nostalgic and misty eyed!

Speedy service!

Lisa and I left Kuta, Bali on Saturday morning, jumping on a bemo (like a primitive public bus!) to Mataram. Lisa and I said goodbye and again it was a sad moment as I had grown to like her a lot and I also realised this would probably be the last of many friendships I had forged on the road.

I got to Mataram airport and told the ticket office I wanted a flight to Bali and then there was a period of slight confusion and chaos (on my part anyway!) when it became evident there was a flight leaving very soon.

I paid, handed over my passport and then pretty much had my own private escort through security, through the waiting room (Mataram is a pretty small airport) and across the tarmac onto the plane.

When I got on the plane I was the only one on it! I was thoroughly confused. Lombok to Bali is only a 15 minute flight and the plane is really small, but I couldn’t work out what the rush was to get me on the plane. About 10 minutes later other people started filing on and before I knew it the plane was full and we were in the air and then back in Kuta, Bali.

Lombok airport
Thank you Merpati air for getting me back to Bali!

Amazing Times

I was back in Kuta again, but this time I knew it was the last time. Whereas before I was there to fly on to Australia now I was flying home. I checked back into Senen Beach Inn for my penultimate night and looked for somewhere nice to spend my last night.

I decided on Hotel Lusa, where I am currently laying on my bed writing this blog. 18 months ago to this day I was getting ready to leave and very nervous about what the future might hold. I now know it was to be the best 18 months of my life – full of new friends, new places and new experiences.

The Last Day

So what did I do on my last full day? Not much really! I wandered around the crazy streets of Kuta. When I saw someone walking down them with a HUGE snake draped over his shoulders I merely did a bit of a double take, shrugged my shoulders and carried on – you get accustomed to weird sights on your travels (although that was one of the strangest – on a par with seeing a man walking a Komodo Dragon type think in Phuket!). I bought some dodgy DVDs and fake rolexs, and just tried to soak as much of the place up as I could.

Now I am packing my bag ready to fly home tomorrow.

If any of you are thinking about travelling, and in two minds about it, all I will say is just do it, just get out there and do it. You won’t regret you did.

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