Kuta Bali suatu pagi
(1) Pagi di tepi, duduk sendiri-sendiri dalam sunyi.

JADI tersebutlah dua buah pantai bernama sama di dua pulau berbeda.  Ialah pantai Kuta di Bali dan pantai Kuta di Lombok.  Mari kunjungi keduanya.

Kuta Bali sudah mendunia.  Kunjungan saya ke sini hanya untuk merebahkan badan di kawasan Poppies Lane, lalu dini hari mendatangi pantai untuk duduk diam.  Menikmati laut dan aromanya.  Menjadi bagian dari kesunyian yang lambat laun menjadi keramaian.  Seorang penduduk meletakkan canang sari di pasir, sambil membakar dupa dan mendaras doa. Satu, dua pasang kaki melangkah di pesisir basah, mungkin menyusuri jejak kenangan.  Seorang peselancar berdiri diam membaca gelombang.  Suara sapu menggaruk daun-daun di pasir.  Mesin-mesin beroda mulai menderu di sepanjang jalan.

Sepanjang hari di Kuta Bali adalah lalu lalang orang-orang beragam warna kulit dengan tutur bahasa berbeda.  Jika orang bilang Kuta Bali terlalu ramai, maka saya bilang Kuta Bali itu dinamis.

Kuta Lombok mungkin adalah pengejawantahan Kuta Bali dalam versi lain.  Pantai pasir putih, dengan lekuk pesisir bagai busur.  Lautnya tenang tanpa gelombang.  Wisatawan yang datang belum banyak.  Malah lebih banyak pedagang asongan dan anjing kampung berkeliaran di sini.

Sepanjang hari di Kuta Lombok adalah singgahnya para peselancar berkulit kemerahan yang gemar memburu ombak di sepanjang pesisir pulau.  Wisatawan lokal seperti kami bisa dihitung dengan jari.  Jika orang bilang Kuta Lombok terlalu sepi, maka saya bilang Kuta Lombok itu damai.

Kedua Kuta memberi kesan yang berbeda, namun saya suka.

 

Can you tell by the numbers which Kuta is in Bali and which one is in Lombok?
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A cloudy late afternoon & a breathtaking view.
(2)  A cloudy late afternoon & a breathtaking view.
[left] Hawkers usually gather round in the morning preparing their stuff.[right] This silent rock is as big as a house and has become one of the tourist attractions here.
(3) [left] Hawkers usually gather round in the morning preparing their stuff.
[right] This silent rock is as big as a house and has become one of the tourist attractions here.
Tourists and lifeguards are on their own routine.
(4)  Tourists and lifeguards are on their own routine.
The south sea is known for its gigantic waves, but this is what you've got here.
(5)  The south sea is known for its gigantic waves, but this is what you’ve got here.
Hope and pray. Sent out to the universe.
(6)  Hope and pray. Sent out to the universe.
Let your feet meet mother earth & sea. Feel the resonance.
(7)  Let your feet meet mother earth & sea. Feel the resonance.
After hours dealing with sunburn on the beach, having refreshment in the fresh water is also fun.
(8)  After hours dealing with sunburn on the beach, having refreshment in the fresh water is also fun.
Getting Kuta under gloomy sky doesn't make this beach losing its photogenic side.
(9)  Getting Kuta under gloomy sky doesn’t make this beach losing its photogenic side.
5-star hotels and fancy backpacker hostels are flocked around Kuta area, pick one that suits you best.
(10)  5-star hotels and fancy backpacker hostels are flocked around Kuta area, pick one that suits you best.
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