How weird is this. Go into a restaurant in Kuta for dinner, stroll along the parade of shops and other restaurants, go to bed and then get woken by the sound of shattering wood, hammering and find that all you saw the night before is being ripped down. Kuta, or rather the part of Kuta that is along the beach, is being cleared. If you were one of those that built their business on the beach side of the road then it doesn’t matter if its brick or bamboo, big or small, old or new – its coming down. The reason is that stuff was encroaching on the beach but the
trouble is that the beach ain’t that great anyway. The sand is fairly rare as it is perfectly spherical 1mm balls. The problem with this is that when you stand on it every surface slides over the other and your foot sinks in up to you ankle. Consequently those pleasant strolls along the surf line are exhausting. So now the government have a lovely tourist attraction of a shit beach with what looks like a bomb site behind it – Welcome to Kuta. We are staying in a nice little group of five bungalows - all brick built, high thatched roofs, veranda, good wooden floors and funky outside bathrooms that were only finished 3 months ago. These too are due to be ripped down a few days after we leave. The town, or rather the area around Kuta has several bays all of which have low flat reefs some way out to sea which creates surfing waves. The town therefore is full of surfy types or wannabe surfy types
have really just laid out on beaches and swam and toodled around on really lovely winding, undulating roads that run between the bays most of time. Except for one day when we were the only whites on a beach and were befriended by various groups of people from university girls, young college men and a host of school girls with notebooks asking us questions to improve their English. Very pleasant. We are off to the Gilis for a few days and hope that it will be all that we have heard and that the Lombokian ‘rip off the tourist’ attitude is not as prevalent there as other places we have been so far.