Today, we hopped on a motorbike and headed to Tanah Lot – one of Bali’s most famous temples. Why? You will find out soon.
This is Batu Balong Temple in the vicinity of Tanah Lot. At high tide, the water almost hides the carved hole. We had the luck to “crash into” a ceremony at this temple, but after all, they let us enter and experience the preparations for it. Again, we saw gifts and sacrifices in small and big shapes, an orchestra, festive clothes… you might wonder where to look!
There, one would contemplate gorgeous views, would see what the water has carved into the rocks, would enjoy the vista of temples situated on cliffs, and would watch the raging waves crash into the shores.
At this place, the waves crashed in a spectacular way – a thing which attracted many tourists who wanted to take a photo there. We could not miss such an opportunity. Carefully, I settled at the point and waited for the background behind me to turn into a crashing water. As soon as I raised my hands for the photo, it turned out that the ocean would not miss the opportunity to make fun of me and, in a matter of seconds, I was all wet! Thank God we had securely placed all the documents in an envelope because I was well salted 🙂 But looking on the bright side, I got a free shower and amused the others who were waiting for a photo. Nace also got inspired and decided to try it. He stood for a few minutes, but the waves were normal … or not quite 🙂
In order to climb the stairs on one side of the temple, you should first be sanctified. You drink holy water, leave a donation (optional), they stick rice to your forehead and Frangipani behind your ear, and you are ready to go.
Our “sacrifice” were Nace’s slippers. One should not worry about buying something in Bali, though, since trading is all around you 🙂
After we finished our breakfast at 11 am, we decided to expand our plan by going to Kuta Beach.
We jumped on the motorbike and way we went. Today’s riding of a motorbike would enter the annals of history with the agricultural tan of Nace (he was wearing shorts and short-sleeved shirt). To make matters “prettier”, his face also got burned – with a sunglasses tan line. Before that, I haven’t noticed his beautiful glasses’ frame.
It seemed that today was his lucky day as he also got new Balinese-style slippers which were well bargained for at a stall in Tanah Lot. His old ones faced their inevitable faith of going to trash/rot and decay. While he was helping me to climb barefoot the small rocks, exposed by the tide, he slipped – a test which his flip-flops could not handle. 🙂
Kuta Beach is not comparable to that of Seminyak, but if you are lucky to find a good spot, you can enjoy tranquility and space around you – which is just the opposite of what is written everywhere. I had set myself for a massage because I had read that people would come and offer you one at the beach, and after one hour of no offers, I almost got to tears.
We moved to a more central spot. We lied down on the beach, pleasantly refreshed by another beer and fed by a peanut bush. Suddenly, the staff started clearing the beach around us for filming a scene.
Nobody told us to get out of the way so we did not move an inch. By the gathering crowds of high school students and adolescents, it seemed that the movie was quite popular. Throngs of pupils were brought there by several buses from Java – it was then when I realized what the books were warning us about. Imagine spraying, swimming, screaming, shouting, running, in general – a lot of fun. The beach fell victim of the children until sunset – they had come from Surabaya, East Java’s central city.
At one point, they started approaching us in groups with the sincere wish to take a photo with us. For instance, they would come in groups of 10. One would take a photo, after that they would change places and take photos with different cameras and smart phones. Then, the next group, and so on. They were smiling so sincerely that we could not say “no”. The people around us asked Nace whether I was somebody famous. J At first, we thought that they had considered us movie actors since we were sitting just at the film site. However, after we saw them taking photos with every foreigner, we understood why we were so interesting to them. Nevertheless, their photo sessions played with our self-esteem. Even for an hour, we were more famous than the main actors in the episode which was being shot.
After these great emotions, I still ended up getting a foot massage. The beach in Kuta has all kinds of treats and indulgences. It also has waves which attracted professional and amateur surfers of all ages.
We present to you some sunset photos. They never get old…
This article was brought to you in English by Svetoslav Dimitrov.
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