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2 oktober 2016
First Month Bali
First of all, welcome everyone who is apparently interested in Bali and in me. Thank you all for taking the time and effort to read this report, it means a lot to me. Let me introduce myself first. I am Charlotte, 20 years old and originally from Gasselternijveen, a small village in the North of The Netherlands. I study International Hospitality Management in Leeuwarden and I chose to do my minor Event Management in Bali and in Thailand, both for 2,5 months. The coming months I will post stories of my adventures from Bali & Thailand and hopefully they will be fun to read!
I decided to go earlier to Bali (3 weeks) to celebrate my holiday together with my friend Chantal. A few days before our departure I became really nervous; half a year abroad, that’s a long time! My father and I drove to Airport Schiphol. I just said goodbye to my mom, who was very nervous as well; me going away for such a long time! On the way to Schiphol all sad songs passed on the radio. That one song: Let her go by Passenger. ‘’Only know you love her when you let her go’’. It felt like it wasn’t coincidence that that song was playing at that moment. I thought of my mom. You only realise how much you love someone when you let that person go. I think going abroad is the best thing for me and my family and friends around me. You appreciate much more things when you experience time without them.
At Schiphol I had to say goodbye to my dad. It was the first time I saw him with wet eyes which was a very special moment for me. I never saw my father like that! It gave me a good feeling of course.
After saying everyone goodbye, Chantal and I went to the plane and 18 hours later we were in Denpasar Bali. Really strange feeling of course because during the flight we were full of energy because our adventure finally began. But when we entered our hotel room in Kuta, we realized that we were on the other side of the world, literally. The next morning I heard ‘’Hello from the other sideeeeee’’ from Adele. I was laughing out loud. Jep, that was applicable to me now! Never thought I would experience that song from this perspective, haha!
The first week we stayed in Kuta, the most touristic spot on Bali. Our hotel was situated next to the beach. Perfect, also for surfing! During this week we went to a Telkomsel Shop to buy 4G for our Iphone so that we could Snapchat, Facebook and Whatssapp all around the island. Chantal & I are both blondies. During our first week we had to get used to all the attention we got from all the ‘’peanuts’’ here. It feels really strange when they ask if they can make a picture of you. First I thought they asked me to take a picture of them, but they wanted to have a picture of me! So I thought, doeeeeiii! I am not Doutzen Kroes, so please find another victim. But that’s not all. While walking on the streets in Kuta, all taxi drivers were pressing their horn of their car. I was not used to it in Holland so I thought again, why are they doing that, I am not that special. But a few days later I realized that they are doing that to everyone just to attract and convince people to take their taxi It felt so nice being appreciated on the street but after hearing the reality I had such a bad feeling!
After Kuta we went to Uluwata (South of Bali), amazing resort for a mini price. Once a Dutchie, always a Dutchie! The hotel had shuttle service and we went to Dreamland Beach, Uluwatu Temple, Padang Padang Beach, Single Finn Beachclub and Nusa Dua. All great experiences of course. Dreamland beach is very nice to sunbath and swim and has small restaurants as well. Padang Padang was nice to see but there were a lot of rocks so when I finally made it into the sea, I had made 5 sacrifices to the gods already because all my toes were bleeding.
The Uluwatu temple had a great view on the seaside and the original Monkey Dance was held there. All the music you hear there is made by voices, so no instruments were involved which was a great experience!
After Uluwatu, we went to Ubud, the centre of Bali with a lot of ricefields. We stayed in a hotel with all different appartments which gave us a very cozy atmosphere. Every morning we could choose our kind of breakfast and both days with original background music. It felt like I was sitting in the ‘’fairytale wood’’ of the Efteling. The whole string orchestra was present together with panpipes. It was meant to be soothing music, but I only got headaches of it. However, our stay in Ubud was great! Our hotel arranged a guide for us who brought us to the Tegenungan Waterfall and to the coffee plantation. I tried the Luwak Coffee which is made by the animal ‘’Luwak’’. He eats all the berries, and from his poo they make the coffee. Sounds delicious right? No, but it had a really nice taste actually so I am glad I tried it.
After Ubud we went to Seminyak, our last destination before going to Denpasar where we would go to school. Seminyak is a very busy spot but with more shops and cozy restaurants if you compare it to Kuta. In this week we met other friends of our education and we went to Nusa Lembongan, a small island at the South of Bali. Of course we had to go by boat and it took approximately 1 hour to go there. On the island we hired scooters and I sat behind Raon, who had experience driving those things. Everyone bought a snorkel because they said it would be amazing to snorkel out there. So I bought a snorkel as well. During our drive around the island that snorkel was piercing my back, but I did not give anything about it because ultimately it would be worth it. We drove to the other side of the island because that side was known for it’s beautiful snorkel areas. I was very excited but when we finally got there, they told us that we should have taken the boat earlier that day to go snorkeling. That was very disappointing of course but we went to another side of the island so that we could still snorkeling. I put on my swimming goggles and my snorkel and went into the sea with high expectations of course. Well, I can tell you, I did not see any fish. At the end of the day I wanted to try the scooter myself. I should not have done it. I was only sitting on the scooter for a few seconds and I already made a wheely. The rest of the week we went to the beach in Seminyak with the same group.
The second of September it was finally time to go to our hotel in Denpasar where we would stay for the coming 2,5 months. When we entered the room it was not completely clean but the manager of the hotel fixed it directly so after that we were very happy with our room. I took a lot of pictures with me so I bought a rope and clothes pins and now all the pictures are hanging above my bed. It gives me a comfortable feeling having all my family and friends hanging above me. A few days later it was time to go to school. We all have to wear a school uniform, which entails a black skirt/trouser, white blouse and black shoes. Fitting it in your room with airconditioning is fine, but when walking out of your room you directly feel dirty. Our first week at school was a kind of introduction week. Getting to know eachother, the tutors, the building etc. After a week you are pretty much integrated so to say. School organizes a lot of fieldtrips which I really like. So far, we went to Bali Village, a traditional village where Balinese people show their traditions, to the Uluwatu Temple where I had been before, to Potatohead Beach Club, where a big event would be held the next day including a performance of Martin Garrix, and to 2 Event Locations in Uluwatu (one for public events and one for conferences).
Stenden really tries to give you free on Fridays and/or Mondays because they understand that you are not only here for the education. We all want to see something from the island as well. Therefore we went to Amed, Uluwatu and Lovina during our weekends so far.
Amed was finally a great place to snorkel! I saw a lot of fish this time. Our second day in Amed we had to meet at 5.30 am. at the beach to go fishing with the locals. That was such a nice experience. We saw the sunrise while sitting on the boat.
In Uluwatu we rented a Villa for 8 persons. We hired scooters again, I gave it a second try. I was sitting behind Vera and everything went well. Only a few metres away from our destination we got a flat tire. Putting me and scooters together is not a good plan. There was a swimming pool next to our villa so I enjoyed our stay anyways.
Our weekend Lovina (In the North of Bali) was amazing as well. The first morning we went to the sea again to go on a boat which would bring us to the dolphins. And yes, we saw them! A lot actually! It was such a nice experience seeing those dolphins swimming and jumping in the sea. For our second day in Lovina our hotel arranged a guide to bring us to the nicest spots in Lovina. First we went to the local market where we could buy all kind of fruits, vegetables, nuts etc. After that he brought us to the Sleeping Buddha Temple where I wrote my name down in the guestbook. That afternoon we went to Hot Spring where we could swim in holy water and finally we went to the Sekumpul Waterfalls, the most beautiful thing I have seen so far! You have to make a long descent before you reach the waterfall but when you are there, it’s amazing!
Our fourth weekend we have climbed the Mount Batur, an active volcano here on Bali. We were with 38 people in total from our education and we were picked up at 2.00 am. to go there. The climb was quite hard especially after some time because it became steeper and steeper. But we all reached the top and the view was perfect! We could see all the lights from the small villages around us and we even saw smoke coming out of the volcano!!
I hope you enjoyed reading this report. Also if you have any additional questions about the island (maybe you want to go to Bali yourself) please contact me via mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will give you all the information you need. My next report is coming next month (end of October, begin of November). Hope you will read it again of course!
2 oktober 2016 23:20 | Door: Andrea
You really seem to enjoy your stay abroad! I'm happy to know you're fine and you're enjoying it! Keep on making lovely memories! <3