The Sari Club used to be one of the busiest places for toursits in Bali. Right there on Jalan Legian adjacent to Poppies Lane II it was a thumping nightspot that attracted tourists, locals and expats alike. The bombing stunned the island and has hit the tourist industry hard.
My guesthouse at Ronta Bungalows is about a 3 minute walk from the site and I have meant to get photos before but when I go it seems to rain. Anyway today I did snap a few shots and I wasn’t the only spectator. There are large numbers of tourists from Java this weekend as the President, Megawati Sukarnoputri is here in Bali visiting the village she came from, Mengwi about an hours drive north.
The original site of the Sari Club is now fenced off and is completely demolished.
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Buildings across the street also sustained damage. The Javanese tourists left flowers and messages on the rubble out in front. They obviously were as mesmerized as the foreign tourists. Local workmen are now busy repairing the sidewalk with little bricks and it will be interesting to see what replaces the Sari Club.
Some people refer to this as ‘ground zero’. It will always be remembered for sure. I’m hoping to help speed the recovery by highlighting what a great place Bali is.