Swimming in Sanur; diving in Bali

Yesterday I took a swim in the ocean. I turned around more quickly than I expected. Better to overestimate your skills on land than in the water. I wouldn't have been quite so conservative had I not been warned by a handful of people that the waters out past the reef are littered with sea urchins, not exactly the kind of thing you want to step on. So after growing tired of treading water and fighting the current, I turned back.

Today I'm off to the Gili Islands, three tiny islands on the northwestern coast of Lombok, where for the next three or four days I'll take an open-water diving course before returning to Sanur and exploring some of the shipwrecks off the coast of Bali. Sea life occasionally creeps me out, so I'm a bit apprehensive about diving, but I've never met anyone who has dived and didn't enjoy it.