I saw one last sunset from Pura Tanah Lot, the temple they say was pushed into the sea by a meditating holy man’s will. It’s a pretty big tourist spot at sunset, as you can see from the pictures, so I went up the trail a little and shot the coast there instead. Note to self: if you set your backpack down for any length of time, there will be ants on it. Clean those off *before* putting it back on.
I did not get time to have chili crab in Singapore, due to luggage failure, but as a joyous surprise there was chili shrimp in Bali on my last day. Um, um good! We stopped at a local coastal dining area for dinner. I sat at a corner table on the beach, a few yards from the sea, and watched a man fanning the flames on his corn roasting-cart along the sand. I selected an entire kilo of live river shrimp and they were killed and grilled immediately with chili barbecue sauce – it was delicious. The only way it could have been any better was if they’d served it with steamed bao instead of rice. Wonderful. I am glad it was dark because that was a messy meal.
I got back to the pleasant Seminyak Suites, arranged a wire transfer to the Indian travel company, and thanks to the kindness of the man working the desk, took a quick shower in a vacant room and changed clothes before embarking on another grueling mileage-ticket routing to Mumbai. If you need a quiet hotel in Seminyak, Bali, I liked the Seminyak Suites very much, particularly for the helpfulness of its staff, its clean rooms and great laundry service.
I would absolutely go back to Bali. It was a comforting, beautiful place with warm people and welcoming arms. Kind of wishing I was back there now.