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April 13, 2004

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We reached Bali's northern shore, the laid back side of the island. This means that accommodation costs less and lies spread out along the shore compared to the hectic south. Indonesian touts still zero-in on your presence like heat seaking missiles, eager to ask a few inane questions - "Where are you from?" "Do you like Indonesia" - before asking you to buy something. We stop at Lovina, a collection of beach villages where the rice paddies run up to the shoreline.
A reef blocks waves and keeps the water calm near Lovina's black, volcanic sand.
To escape eager hawkers, we stay at an upscale hotel with a pool. The hawkers stay on the other side of the fence, peering in and yelling for us to, "Come over, free looking..."
Psst. Come here, I want to sell you something.