Touchdown in Bali. First impression.

After an insane 22 hours flight and a crazy stopover in Holland. I made it to Bali.

First time in Asia, I was shocked. To be honest, I was not sure if I really enjoyed my first 48 hours. I had this strange feeling of confusion and being intimidated to see how everyone is living in Indonesia. It was so different from Europe and North America. I had the feeling to be back in time and having the bare minimum to live. Maybe it was from the jet lag or a feeling of loneliness but time is a healer, I’m doing very great now.

I started my first part of this trip in Ubud. This city is well-known for digital nomads and I wanted to feel the vibe.

Ubud, generally speaking, is very calm. There’s a large amount of rice field and the density of the population has nothing to do with the south. I’m currently living on the death-end of tiny road between two rice fields. My flat is located between jungle and farming area. I just rented a room and I quickly realized that beside the included breakfast minus the fridge, I’ll need to go out to eat something every meal.

It doesn’t take me very long to rent a scooter. Someone was kind enough to delivery it to my place. 60$, that’s all I spent to keep it for the next 2 weeks. I’m now able to go out of my rice field more quickly. Since the cost of living is pretty low in Bali, it’s not really hard to get a decent meal for under 10$. Oh and the petrol is sold in large water bottle next to the road for less than a dollar.

You quickly realize when you’re in Bali that everything requiring human resources is pretty cheap.

The purposes of my trip are pretty simple.

  • Working very hard on many projects
  • Being surrounded by a motivated environment.
  • Enjoying life

I’m not gonna lie, I’m not spending a lot of time discovering in a day. I like to stay in one place and just go out 1 or 2 hours a day to take pictures. It makes sense to learn more about the city you’re in, but I like to take my time and not getting rushed like a productive traveler. Since my goal is not to gather the most amount 0f memories, I prefer to keep the ultimate trip for later.

Relaxing, taking it easy and enjoying the present is much more important at this very moment.

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