Seminyak Bali after the storm


Today was the first day in the Christmas period that we saw the sun. I almost felt as if I was hallucinating this morning when blue skies peeked through thinning grey clouds. Tourists here on holiday will appreciate the break in wet weather, enjoying the fact they can walk down the street without getting a soaking.

The beaches today resembled a post-tsunami scene, with debris covering the entire beach. Tree trunks, bamboo, and all kinds of organic material had washed down from the highlands turning the ocean brown for the first 200 meters out. A friend in Jimbaran said last night the winds were insane, the storm system being connected to the one that caused landslides in Java and Sumatra. Our weather forecast shows more rain on the way.

Last night at Global Xtreme internet cafe in Kerobokan one expat told me how his trail bike got water logged and would only drive in 1st gear. It took him 2 hours to get home in the pouring rain Christmas eve. On that night Jl. Raya Kerobokan was in parts totally flooded and one unfortunate Balinese local had attempted to pass a car on the inside. Unable to see the road through the foot deep water, he rode down a drainage canal and was up to his neck trying to save the bike. All kinds of fun and game when the wet season arrives.

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2 thoughts on “Seminyak Bali after the storm

  • Tracey

    Nick,

    I need help finding a decent 4 bedroom Villa, with pool & close to beach for approx $300 US p/night!

    Any spring to mind????

    Take care….

    Tracey, Dede & kids!

  • Fred

    I just returned to Portland (36 hours including a long stopover in Singapore which, truth be told, is one of the most boring places I’ve ever been). It was really, really wet on Christmas even for an Oregonian like me. When the Balinese as well as expats are complaining loudly at Nuri’s about the downpours, you know it’s damp! We went down to Sanur on Christmas night for dinner at an Italian place, and ended up staying an extra hour waiting for the downpours to subside a bit. The two Aussies dressed up in Santa balloon suits (first I’ve seen of those) were having a blast though, greeting everyone in the restaurant and then happily splashing down Danau Tamblingan, since the suit fabric is air and water-tight! Some local minor flooding on Ngurah Rai By Pass and in a few towns on the way back up to Ubud. Now I’m back in Portland where it is not quite as bad a downpour but 2 C instead of 24 C. Now I understand why umbrellas are so popular in Bali!

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