31.07.2010 - 31.07.2010 23 °C
So how long did it take the seasoned traveller to be ripped off? Well, it was my first purchase, about half an hour after settling into my guesthouse. I won't tell you the ridiculous sum I paid for 2 kilos of fruit. Suffice to say I have been head-banging and forehead-slapping since then and getting quite a dent in my head. The positive is that it might make me more alert and better prepared to say 'no' on the rest of my trip. That, or I'll be very poor after two weeks! My excuse is that I have an addled brain after sitting in planes all day and an early start and jet-lag.
Ubud is a great location, full of hidden gullies, streams, greenery and tourists galore. This is kinda good as it means English is widely spoken and there are good tourist amenities like internet cafes and laundries and bookshops and eating places. But I can tire quite quickly of some of this too. It already seems busy and crowded to me and this is meant to be a quieter, less touristy part of Bali compared to the beach areas like Kuta.
My guesthouse is great. It is just like the photos I was sent and it has a fabulous bathroom. For some reason this is important to me. Perhaps because I have spent more than my fair share of nights in guesthouses with stinky, mouldy, substandard bathrooms. Nice, clean bathrooms kind of make the place. But I am disappointed to note that it doesn't have a traditional Indonesian mandi bath. I was looking forward to dipping cold water over me. It makes you go 'Oooohhhh'. But it is a rather pleasing experience after that first shock of cold water hitting your body.
Anyway, this is just a quick note to say I have arrived safely. Bicycle tour tomorrow if the arrangement works out.