Monday, March 24, 2014

Indonesia: Bali Day 3 (Part 3) - Kuta on Foot




 After Flapjaks, the friends and I spent the rest of the day exploring Kuta. Having already planned to get a massage, my friends took a cab to Seminyak to try out the famous Jari Menari massage parlour while I stayed in Kuta and continued to explore it.





I found my way to the Ground Zero Memorial, the site of the 2002 Bali Bombing of nightclub Paddy's Pub that killed 202 people from various countries, most of them tourists. It was a sobering moment to see the names of victims etched into stone, lives that were taken in a blink of an eye.

My resumed-wandering took me into Poppies Lane which once served as a back alley for hidden hotels and restaurants but now have become so popular that even cars and bikes use it.It was a very long stretch of dodging and weaving around cars and tourists and half way though, I was eager to get out.



The lane took me back to Kuta Beach where I sat down at the huge Starbucks nearby to wait for my friends. Upon their arrival, we returned to the beach to catch the sunset but much like our temple touring day, it was cloudy.






 
However the beach itself was buzzing with life with adults, children, locals, tourists and even dogs out and about. Much like how the Ground Zero Memorial left a sober impact on me, the peaceful sight and sounds of the beach was the perfect contrast to that.




Also read about:
Bali Day 0 - Strings of Bad Luck
Bali Day 1 - Temple Tour, Ubud
Bali Day 2 (part 1) - Ubud by Foot 
Bali Day 2 (part 2) - Bali Mall Galleria, Kuta.
Bali Day 3 (part 1) - Lovina Dolphin Cruise
Bali Day 3 (part 2) - Waffle, Crepes and Pancakes at Flapjaks 
Bali Day 3 (part 3) -  Kuta on Foot

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