Friday June 9, about 8:38 am, I am in the international no-mans land of the Bali, Indonesia airport. Bali has had bombs exploded twice in the last few years, one in killing a large number of tourists.
I am surprised; Airport security is a low as you can get in a way. The only high security part is the cars coming in and out of the airport have to go through an entrance and leaving gate; however, they did not search the car or check the airplane ticket
Security is bad for the tourist business, however bombs are even worst. Too much security and everyone is complaining like children, this does not create a good party mood in one of the party capitals of the world.
Bali has very few tourists in my opinion. It is obvious that they could support about 20 times the number of tourist that are presently here. When I walk in a shop or anywhere, I am the only foreigner, pretty much deserted. It could be the low season, however I do not think so, and I keep quizzing the taxi, store clerks, staff in hotel and restaurants. One Australian man volunteered the information that a few years ago before the bombs this place was full. This conversation started when I made a joke. - No Transport - - No Massage -
I was talking to the Massage people on the streets; there is an almost desperate level of wanting to sell. I got a massage the other day and the other girl followed us to room, they the proceeded to get in an argument.
They also do the, - You promised me - routine. They will ask, or say, - Maybe later - If you do not say, - NO -
They will go into many comments trying to make you feel guilty. The girl in the CD video shop called me a liar. I am blunt, I say NO, however she was trying to get me to buy a girl. I just did not comment, she went into the question. - Do you like girls? - I said, - Yes.- I have been harangued by some of the best on the planet, I do not say yes or comment, I feel sorry for the naïve tourist, they are soft target and will feel guilty. A little too desperate.
I see the Bali as trying to say all is fine, I am just thinking they need to keep the security in and out of this island extremely good. If there is one more bomb it will be three strikes and you are out. Every travel agent in the world will steer people away. I think they already are, it seems to be the more traveled persons here and they young stupid.