Day 196 – 25.01.2016
Seminyak village and beach.
For the first time in over three months I prepared breakfast for my family. Since we have a mini kitchen here in our guesthouse, I used the left over pasta from last night, added a bit of sugar and banana ships. You might wonder – sugar and pasta? Yes, it is really nice.
As it is rain season here we had the pleasure of a nice rainy morning giving us the time to do other things. I for example emptied my entire backpack, removed hopefully most of those tiny ants and re-packed everything. I also went through all my receipts that I’ve kept from Myanmar and that will be put into our adventure photo album when we are back.
Then around lunchtime the rain eased and we decided to adventure out on our motorbikes. The sky was still grey but I just didn’t want to be stuck inside all day long. Our destination was Seminyak.
Seminyak is flash, brash and arguably a bit phoney. It’s also the centre of life for hordes of the island’s expats (many of whom own boutiques, design clothes, surf, or do seemingly nothing at all). It may be immediately north of Kuta and Legian, but in many respects Seminyak feels almost like it’s on another island. (Lonely Planet)
And the description is pretty accurate. The restaurant, in which we had late lunch, was full of foreigners that seem to belong in there. And the bill proved that this is not a backpackers paradise.
Afterwards we drove to the beach, and what a beach it is. Long sand beach. Empty because we are off season. We had low tide and a beach as long and wide as in Findhorn, only that the water here had a nice temperature. So we spent some time just dipping our feet into the ocean, because yesterday we got a really bad sunburn. Alina’s looks the worst. My back is also a nice tomato red. Lara has only a little bit and Stéphane took some color on his shoulders. It must have happened when we were riding the motorbikes and we just didn’t realize until it was too late. So our guesthouse host was so nice to go to the market last night and got us some fresh aloe vera, which we now apply several times a day. But with this sunburn I thought it wasn’t a good idea to to into the salty water today, that is why we only dipped our feet in.
When the clouds turned a nice dark grey, we left the beach and did some window shopping before we left all together. This place was too busy, too touristy, too…
Now, as I am writing this, it is pouring down outside and I am so grateful, so very grateful, that we had a dry afternoon when riding the bikes. There is no way in this world I would ride a bike when it is raining that much.
And by the way… I also cooked dinner tonight. Pasta with a self-made , carrot, celery, onion, ginger, roasted peanuts and bean sprouts sauce with a hint of lime.