It ain’t exactly Baywatch…

July 21, 2009

Dear Mom and Dad,

Well, I finally made it to Bali, my dream vacation, and it’s everything I ever hoped for!

I’m writing this postcard from exotic Kuta Beach, soaking up rays, sipping a lychee martini, ogling the handsome lifeguard with his sexy combat boots and assault rifle, and thinking about…

Oh, right. About that. Yes, there are heavily armed police patrolling the white sandy beach, since suicide bombers just hit two hotels in Jakarta. It turns out there were some major bombings here on Bali in recent years, too, which explains that great package deal I got.

So I’m learning to relax in paradise while waiting for the sound of gunfire, bombs and carnage. Another couple of lychee martinis and I won’t even notice it anymore…

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Police patrol Kuta beach in Bali July 19, 2009 following bomb blasts in Jakarta on Friday. REUTERS/Murdani Usman

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Watch out for your stuff at the airport. The last time I saw my wallet in Bali was as I put it into the x-ray machine… it didn’t come out the other side! (and if you fly by the national airline, make sure you’ve written your will before you fly).

Posted by Peter H | Report as abusive

Great! My son is out there on honeymoon right now, I have been hoping they will be safe, and that was without the recent bombings.

I was out there 20 years ago, and although it’s nice in Bali, I could think of safer places to go on my honeymoon.

Maybe the security guards will help deter the hoards of locals wanting tourists to buy souvenirs or to pay for massages etc…

Posted by Tony | Report as abusive

I also flew Garuda (Indonesian Airlines) last time I was out there, and the seats were made for tiny Indonesian people. Anyone larger had trouble fitting in.

I had a 5 hour flight in a 747 from Sydney (Australia), and got stuck in the middle seat of 5 which was really uncomfortable. Trying to eat a meal while your elbows are pressed together is not something I enjoy doing…

Posted by Tony | Report as abusive

I have the same problem in my neighborhood in Tijuana. People are always focusing on the bad stuff. But there’s a lot more to the city too; like opera, a vibrant art scene and a wonderful night life (when you get away from the low end tourist areas).

I just wish the media would talk about something besides all the beheadings. The people who saw people’s heads off like mackerels are not representative of the mostly decent, law abiding citizens here in my city at all.

I just wanted folks to know that.

Posted by Dolmance | Report as abusive

How can you possibly beat a beach where the lifeguards carrry automatic weapons?

Posted by gwmc | Report as abusive