Kuta, Bali, Indonesia (that’s city/island/country) is a crazy place. I’ve never been ANYWHERE in Asia so I’m in a bit of a culture shock. Indi is absolutely loving it, as she felt New Zealand was too easy. We’re staying with an amazing woman tonight (and she picked us up from the airport last night – after our 25 hr journey no less. So thankful!) and have an inn reserved for the next week here. We took a walk around the area to acclimate ourselves and I spent most of it trying not to look overwhelmed.
Traffic is nuts; there aren’t any rules, really, except the bigger vehicle gets to do what it wants. Scooters are EVERYWHERE (seriously, like 12 to 15 scooters per car) and move about the street like ants on a mission. Wrong lane? No matter. It feels a bit like Vegas did on the first day; lots of people wanting my attention for this or that (it’s quite touristy). When I saw the beach, I was awed. See, I woulda thought that the beach is the beach, period. It’s been totally different every time I’ve seen it. It was gorgeous! Lots of surfers, I’ll try to get some good pictures.
Oh, and McDonald’s and KFC delivers. I’ll try not to take advantage of that offer.
Rhys Martin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1981. In 2009, he sold everything he owned and left the country, living out of a backpack for ten months. He discovered a passion for photography while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Europe.
After returning home, he looked at his home town and Oklahoma heritage with fresh eyes. When he began to explore his home state, Rhys turned his attention to historic Route 66. As he became familiar with the iconic highway, he began to truly appreciate Oklahoma’s place along the Mother Road. He has traveled all 2,400 miles of Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles. He has also driven many miles on rural Oklahoma highways to explore the fading Main Streets of our small towns. Rhys has a desire to find and share the unique qualities of the Sooner State with the rest of the world.
Cloudless Lens Photography has been featured in several publications including This Land, Route 66 Magazine, Nimrod Journal, Inbound Asia Magazine, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. In 2018 he published his first book, Lost Restaurants of Tulsa.
Rhys loves to connect with people and share his experiences; ask him about enjoyable day trips from Tulsa, locations along Route 66, and good diners or burger joints along the way.
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