There is police corruption in Bali! It is hard for me to grasp because Bali is known for it’s religion. However, I did get into a bit of trouble with the Bali police. I was walking to the beach and was approaching a large group of tourists with motorbikes and maybe a dozen policemen surrounding them. The police officials had their car lights flashing and they seemed to be scouting the area. At this point, I thought maybe it was a stop check. I had read about police corruption. But I thought the police only stopped visitors and asked for money in the rural areas. I decided to take pictures of the swarm of police and motorbikes. I took one picture, when a male policeman turned around and saw me. He started walking straight for me. My heart was pounding. He aggressively spoke in Balinese and was trying to grab my phone from me. As we both hung onto my phone he made me delete the only picture I had taken. But he was scrolling through my other pictures to make sure there were no others. A Bali police woman came over and asked me where I was from. She was trying to calm the situation down. Her presence worked and they both walked away. WHEW! DON’T TAKE PICTURES OF POLICE OFFICIALS.
Kuta Restaurants: The food in general was very good in Kuta. I recommend, LemonGrass, Kokos, Holy Guacamoli, Sheppies, Benes and Billies. Many of the Indonesian dishes were served with a fried egg. We were told that the Sky Garden has a very good buffet for $10 CAD between 5pm and 7pm. I can’t put my endorsement on the Sky Garden because we did not have time to try out their cuisine. When restaurants are recommended by fellow tourists, it is usually a safe bet.
Smoking: A pack of cigarettes in Bali costs $1.00 CAD. So just about everyone smokes and especially the Australians. They do like to be referred as “Aussies”. In Austraila they pay $30 CAD for a pack of cigarettes at home and smoking is banned in most places. Thank goodness in Bali, most places are open air. After a couple of serious coughing bouts, I started to always carry my Young Living Thieves Wipes to cover my mouth and nose when the smoke was real bad or I chose to relocate!