2 PUNCTURES IN A DAY, KEEP THE DOCTOR AWAY!

 

IMG_1933Yesterday we went for a long bike ride exploring the east coast of Bali, and for the first time in my life i’ve punctured my bike twice in a couple of hours!

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All the mechanic shops along the main road were shut but a very nice guy offered to take us to a small one lost in the countryside where the locals pimp their bikes and generally stick around all day chatting about motors.

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We experienced the real Balinese hospitality, made a new furry friend, enjoyed the magic light of the afternoon and discovered a new secluded beach not too far from home…!

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This old graveyard was immersed in the magical afternoon light.

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The Blue lagoon is a very nice little beach just few hundred meters from the busy harbour of Padangbai, on the east coast.
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While the south is quite windy, dry and overdeveloped, the images that this exotic name evokes are still easy to find. Some of the temples are built near spring waters and the locals use to visit and bathe in order to achieve good luck, helth and prosperity. These are great places to visit especially in the rainy season, when tourists are less visible and the green lush is at its best.

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On the way to the east coast, you can stop on a black beach where some local surfs the big waves and the only company can be a lonely dog.

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In Bali temples are everywhere: some of them are less visited and this one in particular was completely empty and looked abandoned. The huge banyan trees surely add magic to these holy sites.

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While visiting the south we searched for an abandoned plane, that was allegedly brought in by a local businessman trying to turn it into a restaurant. Together with this odd discovery we also met a young local pop band that was scouting the location for the shooting of their upcoming videoclip!

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Yes, despite its popularity, Bali is still a magic place, full of sweet people and fantastic places to discover. You can rent a scooter for 50.000rupees a day (2.5 GBP) and start exploring this beautiful island. So, make sure you have an international driving licence or (like i always do) prepare some extra cash in case you get stopped by the police, hit the road and enjoy!

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