At first, I thought it was just me who didn’t really enjoy Bali…
I had my excuses not to, I was broke, totally broke! I arrived in Bali from Thailand and exchanged all the money I have, 300k Rupiahs (30 dollars), and after paying for the taxi (of course I got ripped off), and not finding a place to stay, and taking another taxi, and paying for my bed, I was left with less than 50k Rupiahs in my pockets…
And by the time I actually got some money the following day, it wasn’t that much either, and I still had to take a bus to East Java to start my internship! So I decided I’ll stick with the place I’m at: Kuta!
Even in Kuta I didn’t have lots of money to do many things, so I basically went to the beach a couple of times, and at nights I was stuck with Kuta’s night life. Mostly at Sky Garden (anyone who’s been to Kuta will know Sky Garden) with its free entrance to foreigners and 2 happy hours with free cocktails! It was my best deal to enjoy my time!
And though I didn’t do much to judge Bali, I got the pictures that some other people have painted in my mind: it is not really paradise island!
It is over packed by Westerners and Australians, tanning in the morning and being drunk all day. I didn’t see any culture, I didn’t feel like I’m in South East Asia!
And at night, older men (really old) trying to hit on young Indonesian girls at the clubs, with the girls seeming to be really happy about it (well, if money is involved…)
Again I blamed it on my money situation! “If I had enough money I’d go to Ubud or the Northern part of the island and that would be pretty amazing, I guess!”
Until a few hours ago I was thinking of giving Bali a second chance! In fact, I was planning on spending what I usually spend on 3-4 weekends in East Java on just a 4 days trip to Bali next month!
Luckily, I stumbled across a post that changed confirmed my views about Bali!
When I read Robert’s post, saying that Bali is nothing but paradise, all my judgments were confirmed!
Apart from Robert’s story being sad for some other reasons besides Bali, it has also showed me that even if I had followed my “Bali bucket list” and went to Ubud, and to the monkey forest, I would have been disappointed!
And that the “travelers” in Bali are the same, everywhere, all over the island!
I’m better off in Java, Java actually has many places that no one has heard of, and they are really worth the visits!
Have you ever been to Bali? What did you think of it? Did it live to your expectations?