|At midnight on 12 October 2002, terrorists bombed two bars
on Kuta's main street, Legian JL. The blast killed more than 300 people
from over 23 countries. This event more than any other created Indonesia's
image as a hotbed of religious extremism, unrest, and violence. The terrorists
who commited this act have been caught and sentenced to death. Tourism
hasn't fully recovered, although we have felt safe on Indonesian streets;
the biggest danger seems to be overly aggressive vendors who are desperate
for business because of the small visitor turnout since the bombing.