Family recall bombing nearby in Bali

By LEE McIVORlmcivor@gladstoneobserver.com.au

FOR the Simon family Bali is a dream location and one they will visit again, despite being only three kilometres away when the blast tore through two restaurants at Jimbaran Beach just over a week ago.

The family had been holidaying with friends and relatives.

'It was quite scary when the blast happened,' recalled Dennis Simon.

'We were in a restaurant about three kilometres away when the bomb went off.

'The bar manager at the restaurant actually told us what had happened.

'We didn't hear the blast because of the loud music from an adjoining venue.

'But within 10 seconds of the word getting out, the streets just became deserted.

'We were told that some tourists in hotels were told to pack their bags and leave straight away.

'The feeling of fear was everywhere.'

Karin Simon said the repercussions of the blast were felt for days.

'The day after the blast we were in a shop buying water when a guy on a motorbike pulled up outside.

'He was wearing a backpack and I remember everyone just stopped and held their breath.'

But the Simon family were unanimous that they would return to Bali.

'We are sorry for the Balinese,' said Dennis.

'They were just starting to get back to what it was like before the Sari nightclub bombing and now this has happened.

'It is not fair that Bali has been singled out like this.'

The Simons are keen to return to Bali and are planning their next trip for 2007.



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