Hey there! As you already know Bali is a very exciting island with a lot of beautiful places, but if you’re as clumsy as I am it can get really…adventurous.
Here’s the thing: Some days ago I went to the beach with my friends and when we wanted to go back home I couldn’t find my scooter key. I’ve been literally turning my backpack upside-down, but the damned little thing had just vanished.
My first advice if something like that happens to you: don’t panic! If you already asked for the key in several shops nearby and a Balinese guy in the street calling his friend for making you a new key isn’t an option for you, call the hirer of your scooter! Mine showed up within fifteen minutes after another local had explained him the way to the place where we were staying. (Stupid idea, by the way. After I gave my phone away to him I started figuring out how fast I could run in case he decided to keep it. I was lucky he didn’t!)
My hirer explained to me that we had to take my scooter to a locksmith who would make a new key for me. Another local (They were so helpful that day!) offered to come with us. As I started pushing the scooter he told me to sit on it because it was a longer way. I didn’t think anything of it so I sat down, planning to keep on pushing with my legs. This is the point where I should tell you how the Balinese towing service works. It’s you sitting on your motor scooter and trying to keep it under control while another guy pushes it from behind with his own scooter. As I said: adventurous!
When we reached the work shop a young lad with dreads filed two new keys for me in case I lose it again. I was highly impressed by his knowledge of human nature but also a bit worried about the price. I was expecting to pay millions of Rupiah because in Germany lock and key services are quite expensive, but in fact I had to pay only 50,000 IDR (about 3.50€) for the keys.
So if you’re a lucky cub everything is going to be fine, but as long as you can avoid it just DON’T lose your freaking keys!