Amed and Candidasa - August 22nd 2015

Another Mt Agung sunset

Another Mt Agung sunset

Yesterday we asked Sony about medical care in Amed. He told us that if you break a leg there is a man here (Not a Doctor) who will set it for you. Child birth is all done at home after taking a “Birthing Potion” and difficult births may end in death. If you have a heart attack you will probably die if living here. All things to consider when thinking about relocating here. The average age of tourist here is mid 20’s and they are almost without exception couples and French or German. They come here because it is inexpensive for a stunning destination and the great snorkelling and diving here. They all looked really fit so no Doctor her not be a matter of concern for them.

Forgot to mention the Village pig we saw yesterday. It was cute and lifted up one ear when we spoke to it and seemed to have no care about the Photo Bombing chook! We use “It” as we were sure it was a sow but on closer zoom examination of the pic in the beasties nether regions we are now unsure! Candidasa in the morning and more to discover. Our observations here are that “Tropical Lassitude” is the norm and that stress of any kind is not known on this coastline!

Our bungalow

Our bungalow

View from our bungalow

View from our bungalow

Just completed totalling cost of 5 nights stay here at Geringsing Bungalow. Room was A$37 a night. We took two tours at A$40 each. Including all food and drinks (Bintang with dinners) the total cost of our stay was A$70 per night. Indeed affordable for an Aussie Retiree/ pensioner couple to while away some time on the beach! Accommodation back off the beach is even cheaper from about A$25 a night with sea views.

Had fabulous Banana Pancakes with honey for breakfast beside the Bali Sea. We will miss this stunning spot. Took our last lingering look at mighty Mount Agung towering above us. A sight we will never forget.

Set off from Amed and drove through Amlapura. It is a large town with nothing of note other than its markets. Our driver stopped at The Water Palace further along the Candidasa road. It was a remarkable site. Ponds everywhere with giant fish all over 45cm long. It almost seemed like a “Folly” with grotesque gargoyles spouting water with one large fountain in the centre. There was one pond with giant waterlilies that took Erica’s fancy. It was a very attractive stop off.

Fountain and fish

Fountain and fish

Water lilies at the Water Palace

Water lilies at the Water Palace

Arrived at our Bungalow and it is great. We are one back from the ocean and it is a freestanding stone building. It is large and is a bit like a small house with air-conditioning, wifi, king size bed and close to a bottle shop!  All the necessities of life!

Have just been for a long walk along the street behind the ocean and there are lots of shops, cafes, and three super markets so it should be an enjoyable 5 days before our Australian trip starts. The traffic is terrible so very happy that we are away from the road.

The cost here is A$50 a night (Geringsing Bungalow) and I have to say “The Booking Queen” has done it again.