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Life Update: My First Month Living in Bali

Hi there!

At the moment I’m staying in Bali, where I participate in study exchange program organized by Stenden University. Here, I’m attending Entrepreneurship in Action module, where we meet various local entrepreneurs, brainstorm business ideas and sharpen our entrepreneurial skills. I will stay here for one more month, and without a doubt, it will be a fascinating experience!

 

Bali entirely lives up to its name as the Island of Gods. It’s rich in sun, beaches, fantastic views, refreshing waterfalls, captivating rice terraces, ripe fruits (avocado juice is the best!) and unprecedentedly lovely people.  What’s not to love?

 

 

Besides studies, most of my time is spent exploring the island with my fellow students. My girlfriend visited me for two weeks as well, and that was some of the most amazing moments of my life. There’s a saying that if you love someone, you should take them on a trip and then you’ll be able to see who they really are. I couldn’t be happier with what I’ve got.

 

Our university has arranged our stay in Puri Saron Denpasar hotel. It has super-friendly staff, delicious food, pool, roof terrace and several meeting rooms. There are many shops and restaurants nearby, too. Nasi Goreng & Co is one of our favorite local highlights. You’ll probably find Stenden students there any day of the week. Although the staff speaks poor English, the food is super tasty and affordable. PRO TIP: Don’t overdo the sambal sauce!

 

Balinese people surprised me. I’ve never been in such down-to-earth and humble culture before! The morning rituals, flower petals, and the entire spirituality aspect of Hindu religion is a pleasure to experience. Of course, all of that disappears when it comes to negotiating at the market, but give them credit for knowing what they’re doing. Either you bargain your way out of a tricky situation, or you pay the extra price. That’s the heart of the game in most world markets. Don’t be caught off guard! And give credit where it’s due! Balinese artists are some of the handiest people in the world!

 

 

Exploring Indonesia was one of my dreams, and I am so grateful for this opportunity. The Island of Bali still has many things to offer, and it’s impossible to see everything in a few months. Many locals that I’ve met told me that they hadn’t explored the entire island themselves. It’s way bigger than it looks on the map! The mountain range in the middle of the island doesn’t speed up the trip, too.  Nevertheless, it’s important to try and see as much as possible!

 

 

Thus far, my favorite locations were Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, Tenenguan Waterfall, abandoned amusement park Taman Festival in Sanur and Danau Buyan lakes view in Bedugul. I’ll keep this list updated in the next post!

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