This week I couldn’t go in for a lot of activities because I was ill. Probably the air condition was responsible for that or maybe the Arak Friday night :). Do you know Arak? Arak is a distilled alcoholic drink which is typically produced in South and Southeast Asia. Depending on the country of origin, it’s made of fermented sap of coconut flowers, sugarcane, grain (e.g. red rice) or even fruits. The clear distillate may be blended, aged in wooden barrels, or repeatedly distilled and filtered. The different production processes determine the taste and the color of the product. Therefore, the manufacturer has to know exactly which kind of Arak will be produced.
Furthermore, you should be aware of buying Arak only at a reliable bars and avoid the selfmade Arak from sellers in the streets. These qualities of alcoholic drinks are very bad and could cause blindness.
With regard to the popular anti alcoholism campaign ( http://www.ddad.de) ‘Don’t drink AND drive’ I feel responsible to advise you not to underestimate the effects of Arak and especially the impacts and consequences of alcoholism in traffic. Especially the traffic over here is totally different to Germany or other European countries – apart from the left-hand traffic. For instance it is quite common to see three or even more people sitting on ONE motorcycle. By the way, if you are thinking to come to Bali, ensure that you are in possession of an international driver license. Such licences are purchasable at your local road traffic licensing department (approx 15 €). In case of driving without a valid international driver license, the police will collect 1.000.000 IDR. Needless to say that there is also an opportunity to get a national driver licence in Bali but this is a more stressful way.
During this week we went mostly to Kutabeach for relaxing and admiring the sunset. To silence the hunger we went to a little ‘Warung’. We also participated some surfing lessons – it looks very easy but now I know, that it’s not that easy as it looks like. It’s fun and really cool! That’s why we already rent a surfboard for one month. I’ll let you know more about the wave rides in near future.
See/read you soon, Skadi 🙂