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bali...(or big fish in a small pond)

Posted to Roadgoing




in the summer of 1996, after three months of constant whining by my then girlfriend, rachel...we decided to take a ten day vacation to the indonesian island of bali.

after arriving at denpessar airport, we boarded a courtesy bus to our hotel that was located on the shores of legian beach, checked in, dumped our bags in the room and began walking to the main tourist trap, kuta.

when in bali, tourists have a hard time walking five yards without a local hustler offering everything from cheap taxi rides to ecstacy and magic mushrooms, and not being one to decline a bargain...well, let's just say that by the time we arrived at kuta we had more than enough illegal substances to put the both of us away for a long time...

we soon fell into a routine...call room service at about 6am, hand the attendant a few bags of mushrooms and a 20000 rupiah note in exchange for four bottles of bintang and two large magic mushroom ommelettes, half a dozen bloody marys at one of the hotel pool/bars, walk along the beach to kuta... stopping at each of several beach bars along the way, chicken curry and a tab of ecstacy for lunch, a slow stagger back to the hotel for a shower and more shrooms and speed, hit the night clubs for a few hours, then back to the hotel for duty free wild turkey, room service beer, sex in the pool, then time for breakfast again...

surprisingly, rachel managed to keep up with me for about six days before having a minor mental collapse and refusing to leave the hotel room for the remainder of our stay...it was also about the same time that i had a little run in with the local authorities...