29 May 2009

Bali birthday and back to Bangkok

We ended our stay in Bali by returning to Kuta for a few days. We had hoped to try and squeeze in a bit of surfing but I'm still suffering after I got that board in the ribs a month ago and didn't want to risk making it any worse. So what with that and Liz's mangled toe we have managed to score nil points on the surfing front. Most disappointing.

We again stayed at the Hotel Sorga which is the hotel that we stayed in when we first came to Kuta but checked out of because we thought it was a bit overpriced. We still think it is a bit pricey for the money but couldn't face checking back into any of the other grotty "budget" accommodation that we saw or used on our previous visit.

On Tuesday we celebrated Liz's birthday. Unfortunately she managed to jinx the weather by sending out an email the previous day containing the words "guaranteed sunshine". So of course it rained all day!

We didn't let it spoil the day though. We celebrated in style with a bottle of champagne that I had been lugging around for the last 4 weeks in my backpack and a lovely meal at a place called Poppies. Poppies is one of the original restaurants that opened up in Kuta in the 70's and is still going strong today.

The following day we left Bali to return one last time to Bangkok. It was a bit of a whirlwind of a day, we had breakfast in Kuta (Bali/Indonesia), lunch in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and dinner in Bangkok (Thailand) - Gastronomic globe trotting at its finest! I then made the stupid mistake of staying up until half four in the morning to watch Manchester United get humiliated by Barcelona in the champions league final. At least it will be good practice for the Man U players as they will have to get used to loosing what with the mighty Wolves being promoted to the Premier League next season (I think I may have drunk too much Chang).

We hadn't planned on coming back to Bangkok but have made a diversion here as it is the cheapest place for flights to Kenya. It's also a good place to stock up on essentials before we head off to Africa. Last week we finally booked our flights to Kenya, we'll be heading off on the 1st of June. Neither of us has been to sub-Saharan Africa before and aren't really sure what to expect. We've been trying to find some positive books about travelling in Africa but even the most positive one we have found, Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux (Louis' Dad), contains more than it's fair share of unpleasantness.

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