Sun, sand, sea and inappropriate sexual behaviour! Green Canyon
13.10.2012 27 °C
Try saying that after you've had a few, most places in Indonesia are difficult to pronounce. After a long bus journey here it was good to be away from city life again and back on a coastal beach resort. I always miss the sea and when I'm away from it I seem to be less tolerable of things, its either that or inland people are more uptight! In Paragandaran the coast line is the biggest I've ever seen.....miles and miles of sea crashing upon the sand, it's beautiful. It's a good place to surf but mainly in the morning as the currents are strong so it's quite dangerous.
We stayed in a guesthouse highly recommended by the LP and it was a cute little place with a beautiful courtyard to relax in which was just as well considering I had brought a bug from Jakarta with me and couldn't really do very much as I felt really rough, weak and dizzy.
The only problem with the accommodation is that hawkers would just wander in trying to sell you stuff, initially I didn't mind so much as they are just trying to earn a living but then something happened which made me rethink so we moved.
We had a massage on our second day, I thought it might help my bug. The lady was very humble and started to talk to me about when the 2006 Tsunami came, not the boxing day 04 one...not much is heard about the 06 one but she lost her mum and her 11 month old baby.....so sad. 600 people died that day and it took years to recover especially for the poorer people before who ended up living under blue tarpaulin. They had no electricity or clean water, it was devastating for them. The people here are so wonderful and kind, you wouldn't even guess what they have been through. She told me about her husband leaving her for another woman which she was most upset about because the 'other woman' was much older than her! We had a giggle together and she told me she had just got herself a new boyfriend who was 24... Something that gave the Kampon abit of gossip!
The following day, still feeling poorly I sat in the courtyard on my own typing out a message on my phone when a young lad came in, he was only about 19 and as skinny as a rake. He asked me if I had any water, in Indonesian so I said "tidak Ada" meaning don't have. He started to pull at his belt and I was wondering what he was doing, I thought maybe he was trying to show me how thin he was! With that he stated to take his clothes off until he was completely NAKED! Now my reaction was not good because I was so shocked I wondered what he was doing! He went in to a room opposite me, where a member of staff usually sleeps, and led down on the bed beckoning me to go into the room whilst he masterbated! Seriously! I sat looking down at my phone thinking to myself 'is he actually doing that? Have you seen properly?' I didn't want to look again but I could still see him out f the corner of my eye waving with one hand and .....with the other. I got up and walked inside and saw two guests, boyfriend and girlfriend and told them what I had seen. The guy confirmed it after challenging the lad who came out of the room starkers again! I got the owner who tried to get rid of him but he wouldn't go so the guest ended up chasing him out....he left his trousers behind....not the guest....the naked guy!
With that I thought it would be best to move, considering he just went into someone's room and it could have been worse.
We moved to Ali Beach....owned by Ali himself....a great guy who has portraits of himself in his restaurant. Really good food here and the accommodation is much better for the same price.
We hired a scooter from Ali and visited the Green Canyon, which is a green river leading upto a cave, well arch of rock. Our boat drivers took us swimming and showed us abit further down the river so again we were treated. It was great being back on the bike, the roads were bumpy and we had lots of toots and waves from the locals.